Yesterday the legislature debated a “Rainy Day” bill. We played audio from Rep. John Autry (D-Mecklenburg) who said he appreciates the thought put into the rainy day bill, which will help the state deal with natural disasters, arson, and hard economic times. However, he is concerned that the legislature is not addressing the cause of these issues, climate change. Autry said it is irresponsible to not take action in curbing climate change through the rainy day fund. Essentially he is saying climate change is the underlining cause of natural disasters, arson, and economic downturns. He ended up voting against the bill altogether. He was one of only two votes against. Even legislators were surprised.
Scientists have discovered what they believe to be 100 trillion metric tons of molten carbon dioxide beneath the US the size of Mexico. This discovery counters the lower levels of carbon believed to be in the earth’s mantel. According to the EPA, a release of just a tiny bit of this carbon would have drastically negative effects on the climate. I wonder if we should send Rep. Autry to observe the situation. He seems to be severely concerned about climate change. This is about 10,000 more carbon dioxide than is in the atmosphere.
Nick Ocshner, investigative reporter from WBTV, joined us during the first hour to discuss a few of the bills that have been introduced at the legislature. We discussed the audio I had played earlier during the show. He commented that Rep. Autry’s constituents were probably very pleased with his comments and his vote. Ocsnher is working on a few stories, including the slow pace of the legislature. While there have been over 100 bills introduced, none of the bills are of substance. He also teased listeners about a bigger story set to be released on Monday, involving the privatization of engineering services at NCDOT and a connection between this and a certain legislator receiving money.
Nick and I continued our discussion by talking about former senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and his multiple indictments. Ethical and legal issues like this arise but are never concluded or resolved. Campaign reports at the SBE are not reviewed as they should be. Hartsell was never audited, he never got a slap on the hand. Eventually, he had federal charges brought against him. We quickly touched on HB2 and Governor Cooper’s failure to address the executive order signed by former Governor McCrory which reinforced HB2. Governor Cooper could sign an executive order reversing the previous order.
The Florida Supreme Court said they will not hear a case brought by the state’s teacher union against a 16-year-old voucher program, which allows corporations to get a tax credit for donating to the voucher program. 70% of families in the program choose to use the voucher to send their children to religious schools. The teacher’s union said this was a violation of the First Amendment because the government is essentially funding religious schools.
We discussed the mainstream media and their approach to covering President Trump. President Obama received softball almost his entire presidency. It has been little over a month since Trump took office and hard balls are being thrown at him from the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, etc. This is hardly equal treatment. Despite how the media is treating President Trump, he is polling well during his first days in office. But they could be fake polls. . .
We ended the show discussing identity politics. Today businesses in cities across the country are by an immigrant blue flue. Using the hashtag “adaywithoutimmigrants” many are not going to be working today, including several in the Raleigh area. This is a response to the allegation that President Trump is cracking down on immigration. This is fake news because Trump hasn’t done anything to affect immigrants who are already living here. The left is also planning a day without women day in March.