Looks like a "broad and diverse collection of non-profit organizations, service providers, and
professional associations" have banded together to make their plea for ever bigger state government here in NC.
A cursory look at the list of groups making up the coalition reveals the completely unsurprising conclusion that their primary uniting theme is that these groups' existence relies (at least in part) on government funds (or they lobby on behalf of groups for increased gov't funds). These groups are scared their funding might be cut, and they want to make sure that you the taxpayer pay the price to support their lifestyles.
This reaction is to be completely expected. Hungry pigs will squeal when the trough runs low.
Even more disturbing, however, is the depths they will stoop to try to get attention. I had to check my calendar when I viewed their "Get the Facts" page, because surely this must be an April Fool's joke.
reality is that spending per person is actually down from eight years ago. This
is a fiscally conservative state, and we don’t go on spending sprees.
The "spending per person is actually down from eight years ago" is an embarrassingly misleading cherry-picking of the data. I've pointed out how unprofessional it is to present this isolated outlier as some sort of "evidence" that state spending is somehow down in NC. Here is a more complete summary of spending trends:
Even after adjusting for inflation, per person budgeted spending in NC:
- Is up 13.2% over 5 years
- Up 8% over 10 years
- Up 25.7% over 15 years
- Up 94% over 25 years
So inflation-adjusted, per capita General Fund spending nearly doubles in the last 25 years, but NC doesn't go on spending sprees. Really?
How about the doubling of state debt in just six years (2001-2007)? Does that sound "fiscally conservative" to you?
But that's not all. Then we get hit with this:
This implies that somehow the key to prosperity is big government and high taxes. Does anybody not dependent on government for their livelihood believe that?
It is trying times that reveal people's true beliefs, and NC's left-wing groups are putting their beliefs on full display. I actually encourage them to ever more loudly trumpet their song to the public: Please, scream from the mountaintops that you want bigger government and higher taxes. By doing so, you will alienate yourselves from the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians. Try looking at some of our polling results:
- 66 percent of voters believe taxes in NC are "too high," compared to only 2 percent who replied "too low"
- 68 percent of voters believe the
General Assembly should “cut existing programs” in order to balance the
current budget, compared to only 16 percent that replied “raise taxes”
- 73 percent of voters believe it is more
important to cut taxes to help stimulate the economy, compared
to just 14 percent who believe it is more important to increase state spending