The short answer is NOBODY actually supports Rev. Barber except for his protesters!
At yesterday’s protest we asked legislators and Protest leaders (Picture Below) to sign a petition supporting Barber’s agenda and surprise, surprise – no one signed. So while they hold protests, chant and sing and get arrested – not one legislator or protest leader will actually support spending the money to carry out the demands of the protesters.
Despite having personally asking a number of state legislators and protesters to sign on to Rev Barber’s Agenda, I was unable to get any signers.
It is easy for Rev. Barber and his Moral Monday crowd to protest and make claims when no one is holding you accountable for your demands – it is a different matter when confronted with facts.
Hopefully if the protest continue the media will do their jobs and actually ask Barber and the other protest leaders to explain how the state can pay for their demands. And when they say rescind the tax cuts, ask where the rest of the money is going to come from?
I won’t hold my breath for the media to start critically covering this story. WTVD did cover us asking for them to sign on but the Raleigh N&O and WRAL-TV did not report on our efforts. In fact WRAL-TV continues to act as an unpaid publicity arm for the protests.
Civitas will continue to cover this issue and do the research that the press refuses to do. If you are interested you can read research at www.nccivitas.org and reporting and stories at NC Capitol Connection.