This reminds me of the old techie joke "How many Microsoft executives does it take to change a light bulb? None. They just redefine "Dark" as the industry standard."
Don't like having groundwater below standard? Change the standard so you don't have to report it. Don't like the unemployment numbers? Kick a bunch of people off unemployment so you don't have to count them. Don't like the science that cautions against coastal development? Make the science illegal so development continues apace (though that one is eventually gonna bite you... one look at the northern end of Topsail Island right at the New River Inlet will tell you all you need to know).
Did you really expect anything different from this administration aided and abetted by this legislature?
I agree with (almost) everything you said, right up until the end. If you look at Sanders' positions on virtually any issue, and compare it to polling of mainstream America, you'll find that his ideas are not nearly as "radical" as the media and the political establishment would have us believe. The only "reality" he's challenging has been completely fabricated by pundits and politicians who presume to "speak for most people", when in fact they speak for a minority who have appropriated the conversation for their own purposes -- noble and otherwise. And this is not a "recent shift" in polling. Gallup has been asking people if they think the rich and corporate America get off easy on their taxes (the cornerstone of the Sanders campaign is predicated on this question) for a quarter of a century, and the percentage that think that is true has never in all that time dropped below 55%. It currently stands at about 2/3. The majority of programs and policies Sanders has relentlessly preached in his campaign are already working in every other industrialized nation on earth (and some emerging powers as well). In short the Sanders platform is only "overly idealistic" because those who control the political narrative in America say it is. And the reason his message is resonating so strongly is that a growing number of people are waking up to the fact that it's long past time that we stopped doing things differently and started doing different things.
Job creation and educational freedom? Do these people actually believe their own BS, or do they just assume we're stupid?
If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.
McCrony failing at transparency? I'm SHOCKED. Utterly and bitterly shocked.
And according to other reports, even Tom Apodaca couldn't come up with a rule that prohibits recording in an open meeting. Gunn dodged the question, deferring to the sergeant-at-arms who ALSO said there wasn't such a rule. Apparently, there have been sightings of recorders all over the place in meeting rooms where there were closed-door meetings.
Transparency in action I tell ya.
"Internal review by the utilities commission and its public staff will be the only oversight for these interim rate hikes."
Because what could POSSIBLY go wrong? I mean it's not as if this legislature has any concern for water quality anyway. They're all on the phone to their brokers with buy orders for Nestle in anticipation of the day when the only water in this state safe to drink will come from a bottle.
Actually, I'm STILL wondering what "surprise" the NCGA is going to come up with. The fact that they slashed revenues and then came up short of money isn't surprising at all. Same thing happened in Kansas, prompting their neighbors in Missouri to say "Hey, we want some of that too!"
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