By Pam Williamson
Okay, then. Sometimes you just have to go back to the drawing board.
There’s no question most of us are frustrated with what’s been happening up in Washington, and it’s well past the time that Democrats got their gumption back. The November 2012 elections are right around the corner, and our national party’s focus and messaging and “strategery” could use some serious rethinking. Here’s hoping they can get their act together soon. Like yesterday.
But just as important (if not more important) is that we need all hands on deck for the statewide and local elections next year. Let’s face it. We’ve got some crushing problems down in Raleigh. We lost our majority in both the state House and Senate last year, and North Carolinians have been paying dearly for it. In fact, we’ve made “The 10 Craziest State Legislatures in America List.”
“In this year’s budget, North Carolina saw its largest decline in spending in 30 years. The budget, enacted over a gubernatorial veto, will lead to the firing of teachers, the elimination of drug courts and a weakening of environmental regulations. The governor also vetoed a restrictive voter identification bill. Other key provisions passed by the legislature include relaxing regulation on interest rates, destroying the public campaign financing system, requiring women seeking abortions to first listen to right-wing propaganda and cutting funding for Planned Parenthood.”
THANK GOD for our Governor, Beverly Perdue! She is our veto firewall. We need to do everything in our power to ensure her a second term.
Locally, the Keystone Kops are in control. The Republican county commissioners call for public hearings on education needs and then scold the public for weighing in. They borrow from Peter to pay Paul. They refuse to fully fund Watauga education and instead waste time and taxpayer money on threatening lawsuits against other local governments. They spend hours complaining about having to mow sections of the Greenway instead of looking for ways to expand it.
The Watauga County Democratic Party is determined to recruit and field excellent, fearless, and progressive candidates to do our part in saving the state and the county from the blatantly radical and foolish agenda in both Raleigh and the county.
Join your local Party’s efforts today: send money, volunteer, join a committee, run for office, attend a meeting. The Republican corporate agenda has been in the works for over 30 plus years: an entire generation. We don’t have another generation to stop it.