Teat squawkers all around the country will gather at their respective state capitols and demand some sugar on their titties. They don’t care to know the cost, or where the money comes from, or the consequences of everything “free.” They just know that gov’mt has the answer to all their problems.
What is the pretense for this “I want mine and I don’t give a damn about yours” demonstration? The NAACP is using Martin Luther King’s 51st anniversary march on Washington. The Reverend Haley Barber is using his so-called Moral Mondays as a vehicle.
Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature were joined on a conference call by counterparts in other states to announce the week of demonstrations starting Friday and ending the following Thursday, the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Demonstrations in Raleigh will focus on a different theme each day, ranging from education to voting rights rally, said the Rev. William Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP.
NAACP leaders from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Wisconsin said they were planning marches, teach-ins and rallies in each of their states during the seven days. Barber said events were also planned in Mississippi, and the lineup of events will vary by state.
Barber cited inadequate school funding and refusals to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law among examples of harmful policies enacted by conservative legislators.
"All of these attacks are emerging out of statehouses, governors and state elected officials — and that is where people must challenge them," Barber said.
Barber and others say the legislative process has been hijacked by extremists.
"This is not about right or left; this is about extremism," said Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP, which is holding a "Moral March" on Saturday among other events.
Let’s talk about extremism. Guess what the price tag is for these “moral” demands? The cost will put the “holy” into your cow. The Civitas Institute added up the cost of Mr. Barber’s demands. The results will blow your mind.
Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to pay for the “people’s agenda.” That would mark a whopping 50 percent increase in the state budget. To fund the “Moral Monday” demands would cost every man, woman and child in North Carolina roughly an additional $1,000. That amounts to adding another $4,000 in taxes to the tax bill of each family of four.
As published yesterday, Civitas tallied a partial list of “Moral Monday” demands and arrived at an immediate budget impact of roughly $3 billion. The list was limited largely due to constraints in obtaining data.
Yesterday evening, however, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office released the draft of a budget amendment that included cost estimates for many of the protesters’ demands. The estimates were put together by legislative staff and as such offers insights previously unavailable to Civitas. Berger’s office months ago sent a letter to state NAACP head William Barber asking for specific policy recommendations. After Barber responded, Berger asked General Assembly staff members to draft an amendment that would include many of the points addressed in Barber’s letter.
The amendment calculates about $7 billion in annual additional costs to taxpayers. The largest item is $6.8 billion to provide funding for health insurance for all North Carolinians, regardless of immigration status. Included in the 14-point “people’s agenda” laid out by the state NAACP are the demands for “health care for all,” and “NC must provide immigrants with health care.”
I don’t believe there are enough teats to satisfy all these piglets.