Regarding “Conservatives chide Cooper over ‘corporate giveaways’” (Jan. 2): Credit Koch brothers’ spokeswoman Anna Beavon Gravely with the most hypocritical line of the new year: “Corporate welfare is taxpayer money being given to rich businesses, which takes away from people who are struggling to make it.” The Koch brothers, whose lives and fortunes are dedicated to taking away from “people who are struggling to make it,” are now suddenly concerned? Sorry. No one believes that pains the Kochs.
One of the characteristics of limitless greed is not merely a desire to have more, but the most. The Kochs scored $157 million in corporate welfare in 2015 alone, and they engineered the Republican tax giveaway, spending $20 million promoting a plan which benefits them in the billions.
I doubt those barons of Kansas truly care about the struggling peasantry of North Carolina, but they probably are genuinely annoyed with the incentives offered to Amazon, whose owner Jeff Bezos’ fortune now exceeds their own.
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As we head into 2018 we need to reflect if we as voters in North Carolina are better off than we were in 2017. In 2017 Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis refused to hold public hearings on health care and tax reform, both voting to support those two bills that a majority of North Carolina residents are against.
The Republican-controlled state legislature tried to reduce the governor’s authority while fighting to keep unconstitutional gerrymandering in place. National publications have depicted North Carolina as a microcosm of the country in that Republicans have radicalized it.
North Carolina has gone from a progressive Southern state to a regressive state. North Carolina voters need to agree that many North Carolina families are not better off than we were last year, and come November, we need to tell those legislators “we have had enough.”
Regarding “Session May Tackle Constitutional Issues” (Jan. 4): Our legislators appear to suffer from the opinion that by proposing a constitutional amendment, they show the public how much zeal they have for justice, that the injustice they want to alleviate is so vile that only an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution will enshrine the remedy irrevocably for all time.
In their world, ordinary thoughtful legislation can’t possibly suffice. Advocating a constitutional amendment shouts that they really, really mean it.
Our current legislative majority can’t differentiate between the soulful simplicity of a constitution and the mundane complexity of enacted laws. The former sits at the head of the table in timeless elegance, the latter tells us what time dinner is served.