Class Warfare Blog

June 4, 2014

Selling Influence to Be Able to . . .

Legislators in North Carolina apparently just sunseted the bulk of that state’s environmental laws. If those laws cannot be re-passed in a very short time, they will disappear from the law books. This environmental extinction law was seemingly designed for such an outcome—the gutting of all state environmental regulations.

What I want to know is how the NC legislators felt when they went home that night to tell their sons and daughters about their day. “Daddy had a good day, we wiped out all of the environment protections passed by previous legislatures, honey.” How do you think 11-year old daughters would receive that? wives? sons in college?

Apparently those legislators were willing to sell their influence/votes to Duke Energy and the other big polluters in the state for campaign contributions. They were willing to sell their influence over the future health of their friends, neighbors, children, etc. to be able to . . . continue in office as someone who can sell their influence to be able to . . . continue in office. . . .

One suggests that those people rethink why they are in office. Apparently they think they are in office to raise funds to continue to hold office. If they do well at the state level, they might get to the federal level where as many as 10% of the population will approve of their performance, but only so long as they keep their jobs. It must be for the prestige.

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13 Comments »

  1. But if you make yourself believe a lie are you really at fault? 😦

    Comment by lbwoodgate — June 4, 2014 @ 10:12 am | Reply

    • Yep, another manifestation of willful ignorance … remember putting your hands over your years and say la, la, la, la, … so as to not hear something you didn’t want to hear. There is a reason we grow out of that by the age of 6 or so. It certainly is unbecoming in a legislator.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 4, 2014 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  2. “Daddy had a good day, we wiped out all of the environment protections passed by previous legislatures, honey.”

    That scene is precisely what the Dems (or whomever) should be turning into an ad.

    Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 11:37 am | Reply

    • Damn, I hadn’t thought of that!

      On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 4, 2014 @ 11:53 am | Reply

      • It’d be effective, right?

        Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

        • I should think so!

          On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 4, 2014 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

      • Not exactly like this, but the same idea:

        Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

        • Saw this (you’d recommended it earlier). Spot on.

          On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 4, 2014 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

          • Yeah, thought i had, but you lot up there have to start adopting more of this direct parody.

            Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

            • I sent the idea to the Democratic National Congressional Committee. We’ll see if they want to run with it.

              Steve

              On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — June 4, 2014 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

              • Atta’ boy! Here’s hoping someone there has a neuron free.

                Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

        • Saw this ad too a few weeks back. It’s a great example of the style of ad the Dems should used.

          Comment by lbwoodgate — June 4, 2014 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

          • That’s the spirit! Debating these lunatics doesn’t work. You have to humiliate them 🙂

            Comment by john zande — June 4, 2014 @ 2:08 pm | Reply


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