Always an honor to start the show off with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest who joined us today. He’s just been picked to the lead the national Republican Lt. Gov’s Association as the bulk of states who have Lt. Govs are republican. We asks Dan about the continuing saga of the $57.8m that Cooper wants to dole out as a result of the pipeline deal, redistricting, what’s happening in the legislature and what his opinion is of all the court room drama. He does a fine job on all fronts as always on the show and we look forward to having him on again soon.
After Dan, we did go through some level of detail on HB90 and it is rather political that the legislature wants to combine the reallocation of the $57.8m with class sizes AND the state elections board. One would hope they’d get back to “pure” bills at some point, but not anytime soon. (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article199207129.html) We still need answers from Gov. Cooper on his slush fund, but he’s still in hiding.
From there we updated the folks on what happened last night in DC. We had a shutdown, but it was the shortest in US history lasting just less than 6 hours. (https://www.usatoday.com/) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) took the floor and excoriated his colleagues for their rampant spending saying that the GOP isn’t the conservative party once they’re in power. And he’s right, the new bill allows $300b in NEW spending that Congress will simply have to borrow once again. Sen. Tillis wasn’t pleased with Paul’s remarks, but his staff won’t let him come on a conservative show to talk about it. (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/02/08/rand_paul_on_spending_when_republicans_are_in_power_there_is_no_conservative_party.html) The Paul speech is worth watching and lasts about three minutes.
At the top of the second hour I went through the fascination the nation has with Elon Musk. He’s the $4.9b tax subsidized Steve Jobs. And he understands emotional appeal more than most. We don’t focus on his failures or that his rocket isn’t the most powerful ever. We focus on the Tesla on the way to Mars blasting David Bowie music even though nobody can hear it. We are fascinated that he put’s the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” motto on the central panel (Don’t Panic) and even writes on one of the circuit boards “Made on Earth by Humans!” Musk is a showman, appeals to our emotions and the American public eats it up. (https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/what-elon-musk-is-really-selling-how-to-inspire-emotional-intelligence.html)
I spent a bit of time on WRAL’s story about ziplines. I get the reason FOR the story but it’s once again WRAL preaching about needing more government. Yes, two folks dies in zipline accidents, that doesn’t mean that the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of safely done ziplines need to be regulated. Our state fair rides are regulated, our trains are regulated to death, also cars, but risk is risk and you can’t stop folks from taking them. Truth be told, the industry has done a stellar job of handling safety and if they don’t they can be put out of business. Regulating it more will only make it more expensive and diminish the activity. (http://www.wral.com/nc-zip-line-industry-lacks-state-inspections-regulations-despite-deaths-wral-investigates/17322959/)
We wrapped up the final two segments with Tim Boyum of Spectrum Cable’s “Capital Tonight” and addressed the shut down, the slush fund, the gerrymandering, the new lobbyist working for Cooper, the animosity between the GA and the Gov along with a plethora of other subjects. Looking forward to being on Tim’s show later today!
Until Monday folks