— Perry Woods (@WhalerCane) June 28, 2021
And the fewer the poll workers, the slower the process. The slower the process, the longer the lines. The longer the lines, the more voters who walk away, to maybe try again later. Exactly what the GOP wants.
— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) June 28, 2021
Better get it right this time...
— Donald Bryson (@donaldbryson) June 28, 2021
Stuff and nonsense:
Many policymakers assume that federal funding of state and local infrastructure is crucial and irreplaceable, but that is not the case. The states can fund their own infrastructure through taxes and user charges. Highways, for example, are funded by gas taxes, vehicle fees, and electronic tolling, which are forms of user charges. More than half of the states have raised these charges since 2015. The federal gas tax helps to fund state highways, but it should be converted to 50 state gas taxes, and the revenues should be routed directly to state treasuries rather than through Washington.
Using NC as a test case, that revenue would be stashed in the "rainy day fund" and used as an excuse for another of their endless tax cuts. With "plans" like Cato's, we'll all be driving 4x4 pickup trucks before long, just to survive the potholes.
One of North Carolina's first vaccine lottery winners is ... a teacher. A. That's fabulous. B. Go get your shots, folks. #ncpol #NCed #covidvaccine #covidlottery @ncae @wsfcs @ncdhhs @SecMandyCohen @NC_Governor https://t.co/yzafgcNUUb
— Billy Ball (@Billy_K_Ball) June 28, 2021
Glad to see this, but teachers across the board need bigger checks.
From @homebase_data, work scheduling software company, earlier today: "States that announced an early end of [extra unemployment] benefits saw employment grow ~1.7% slower than states that did not end benefits early."
— Chris Rugaber (@ChrisRugaber) June 28, 2021
This is really a no-brainer. Taking millions *out* of the economy is not good for business, or anybody else.
— NCPoliticalNews (@NCPoliticalNews) June 29, 2021
Of course John gets some critical points wrong:
Or they advance programs that take money from the pockets of richer people in order to fill the pockets of poorer people, arguing that because poorer people aren’t likely to save anything, the economy will benefit from all the extra consumer spending. But unless the rightful possessors of the money were planning to bury it in the ground or hide it in their mattresses, this is a silly claim. Money saved in bank accounts or securities becomes capital invested in new tools, machinery, factories, job skills, or ideas. It is akin to seeds planted in the ground for future harvest rather than seeds tossed into the ocean or desperately eaten for sustenance.
That's the way it should happen, but not the way it does happen, and John knows this. Those corporate profit-takers use that money to make more money, buying back their own stocks to artificially inflate the value and then selling again to make a pile of money to purchase a new yacht or vacation home. Or they buy mortgage tranches to suck the life out of homeowners, or they play in the cryptocurrency market, but what they generally don't do is re-invest that money upgrading their industrial operations or starting up new ones. Unless they start up a new one in Mexico or Bangladesh, using slapdash construction and slave wages. And when that harvest comes in, the only ones eating are the one-percenters.
Yikes! Glad I got Pfizered...https://t.co/GITmbq64cc
— Geremy the Germ (@Geremy43676198) June 29, 2021
That's a shame, but it's also par for the course when it comes to emergency medical treatment. I had a kidney stone that woke me up in sheer agony at 2:30 in the morning, drove myself to the ER where they gave me something for the pain and did a CT scan. They pushed me out the door shortly after 5 am, and the bill for that 2 1/2 hours of treatment was over $4,000, of which my insurance paid half. I paid the rest in installments for the following 18 months. As long as we rely on the private sector to deliver these services, we will continue to pay insane amounts.
These Republicans knew the ‘big lie’ was absurd. What does that say about the rest of their party? @NCGOP #ncpol @MyNCSenate @NCHouseGOP @SenateGOP @HouseGOP @RepTedBudd @virginiafoxx @Gop https://t.co/WR7N3iT5rS
— innovIDrsrchr (@Band_Dad) June 29, 2021
Hell, everybody knew it was absurd, even (especially?) Trump himself. Even many of the whackadoodle QAnon folks know, deep down, that it's all a bunch of bullshit. But the strutting around is such an ego-stroke they don't really care if their stated goal is legitimate or not.
On that unfathomable note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) June 25, 2021
Free Britney! Sorry...I got carried away...