Friday June 18, 2010 | Local Political Update

June 17, 2010 at 9:53 am | Posted in Coming Up | 12 Comments

Political news has dominated the press of late with primaries and campaigns in full swing but some of the news has bordered on the bizarre. In South Carolina one candidate overcomes multiple allegations of adultery to garner a majority of primary votes and another candidate advances even though he is homeless and didn’t run ads. In North Carolina important and heated battles are shaping up in advance of November elections. We’ll explore the latest political news with our bowtie brigade of political scientists.
Guests
Dr. Eric Heberlig – Assoc. Professor, Political Science at UNC Charlotte
Adolphus Belk – Assoc. Professor, Political Science at Winthrop University
Dr. Michael Bitzer – Assoc. Professor and Department Chair, History & Politics at Catawba College

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  1. It is the job of public schools to teach kids about our democracy and government. That is why they were ortginally created . Unfortunately we now view schools’ main purpose to be job preparation so civics has been downplayed. There should be a required test on this subject that all have to pass to graduate.

    A democracy has to have an informed citizenry to flourish.

  2. In my opinion the political mood is not anti-incumbent or anti-Democrat. The uniting issues are big government and big spending. We are now spending 90.3% of GDP and are poised to overtake it next year. That’s up over 30% in less than 2 years. Private sector jobs are hemorrhaging while public jobs make up close to 50% of all jobs. The government controls the auto industry, the banking industry, the insurance industry and has it’s sights set on the oil industry. Bush’s tax cuts are set to expire which will have a devastating effect on the economy but will make people feel like they are getting even with the evil rich.
    If we want to discuss TARP, the “stimulus” package, financial reform or health care reform in detail then we can and the truth will set us fee. Or we can continue the folly of blaming Bush.

  3. Mr. Smith,
    Good job there defending Bush and his tax cuts. But you forgot to defend his expensive search for WMDs. And you also missed your opportunity to apologize to BP.

    • My point wasn’t to defend the tax cuts but yea, thank goodness for the tax cuts. Record revenues came into the coffers, the Clinton recession was shallow, we weathered the bursting dot com bubble and the leveling of the center of the financial universe on 9/11. Not to mention ENRON etc. Gotta a good start on changing the face of the Middle East (which is the only real answer) to boot. Not bad.

      • Seriously TQTGA (aside from your diversion), spending at 90.3% of GDP and rising. We’ve never seen anything remotely approaching this. Do you entirely discount that as a cause for angst?

  4. Let’s assume Gregg Smith is correct and that Entitlements (SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Military Healthcare and Retirement) will have to be rapidly cut back and phased out in order to keep from taxing the Financial sector, Insurance sector and Real Estate speculation at a higher rate as overseas wars and corporate bailouts continue. What will a totally privatized environment be like after all the things PBS says you own are sold? My doctors have both said they will not accept dressed or living chickens and pigs as payment. Imagine if all the bridges and roads from Gastonia were tolled. How would the illegals ever get over to Charlotte from our trailer parks to groom all that office park grass? It’s funny to think how many T-partiers are on direct deposit from the government each month. They tried this in Russia during the 90s and grandma proved unable to dig the potatoes. Now Putin and the Cossack Mafia are tossing the hot potatoes back and forth. “Taxing corn liquor only makes it taste sweeter.” George Washington (just before he appointed his Yazoo Land Co. partner to the Supreme court)

    • False premise. No one’s advocating the all or none world you describe. Let’s not spend more than GDP, that’s all.

  5. Let’s assume Gregg Smith is correct and that Entitlements (SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Military Healthcare and Retirement) will have to be rapidly cut back and phased out in order to keep from taxing the Financial sector, Insurance sector and Real Estate speculation at a higher rate as overseas wars and corporate bailouts continue. What will a totally privatized environment be like after all the things PBS says you own are sold? My doctors have both said they will not accept dressed or living chickens and pigs as payment. Imagine if all the bridges and roads from Gastonia were tolled. How would the illegals ever get over to Ballantyne from our trailer parks to groom all that office park grass? It’s funny to think how many T-partiers are on direct deposit from the government each month. They tried this in Russia during the 90s and grandma proved unable to dig the potatoes. Now Putin and the Cossack Mafia are tossing the hot potatoes back and forth. “Taxing corn liquor only makes it taste sweeter.” George Washington (just before he appointed his Yazoo Land Co. partner to the Supreme court) Let’s change the name of the USA to better reflect the real conditions: SUXXMORE: because the longer this videogame continues the more corrupt and contradictory it gets.
    (Which candidates claim to believe in a cloud-hopping cartoon God and “deregulated free enterprise”? These are the PODS! Mr. Burr is typical.)

    • So you gonna leave Granny a lil’ tater and some corn squeezins for her pain? That’s truly compassionate, Mr. Decidee.

      Our government does have its lips firmly around the tailpipe of all these fictionally industrious sectors: True that! And they just discovered GOLD in the Black Hills of Afghanistan: It remains only for General Betrayus to be massacred at the Little Tora Bora Horn. Now you gonna Boogey us with big bad China? At least China has a plan. They will use our bond debt to buy all western holdings on their soil and shift emphasis to domestic consumption leaving the parasites to us. The financially elite monsters laissez faire Pinochetism has created will snack on Eastern Europe before feasting upon what is left of us. The homeless will burn down the University of Chicago before this is over. Americans are more Greek than you’d expect.

  6. Bernie, now, Bernie. When was it ever the job of public schools to teach civics and citizenship? Schools are for warehousing juvenile labor and sorting out the hierarchy. I don’t know where you might have attended but I never met anyone who got the whole true sordid U S history in public school. The closest I ever got was when Miss Peach taught us how to figure compound interest on consumer loans, and then I went home to find out Mama was paying out most of my money in carrying charges.

    Now the upper class at their preps receive training in hard-hearted teasing of us underlings so they’ll have the spunk to collect their markers, but even they are not privy to the big cons. Only the initiated oligarchy know what wars and interest and taxes are for. They often say to upstarts, “What do you need with money? Only leaders like me know how to use it.” So what do damn livestock need with an education. Bernie. They’d just get killed early trying to use it.

  7. I’ll sum up before I check my lipstick and re-enter Books A Million for the second round.
    Bernie- Your ideals are admirable but will not come to fruition until you join the cruel fight for equality and justice.
    Greg-Your ideals are admirable too, but you are fixated on not being proven wrong in your political choices. You are among the best Americans who are offered little viable choice. Nixon, Carter, Reagan-Reagan-Reagan, Bush I, Clinton I, Bush-Cheney II. and our dear President Obedient were only actors delivering a message from the Bosses. They never brought any door prizes to the party. International finance has destroyed humane productivity and the environment worldwide and needs to be eradicated. Now don’t be a-scared, you can keep your little horse farm play set and your paper trail if you pay your taxes. Property and power must be capped by collective consensus to prevent mass suffering. When Bill Gates does his charity it is as much a joke as Pretty Boy Floyd leaving hundred dollar bills beneath his dinnerplate. Cast off the folktale half-truths that cloud your vision. You are a good man and not a Gates or Floyd.
    “Bill Gates grabbed a log chain and the European Regulator grabbed a knife. And in the fight that followed Bill lay that Regulator down. Now listen all my children, a story I must tell. The Regulator went to Heaven and Bill Gates burns in Hell.”

  8. Easy there Mr. Howard. Maintain man. Try to get some air.


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