Discussion: Dozens Arrested After Protest Against GOP Health Care Plan In North Carolina

It is about time those representing progressive policies finally got off their butts and took to the streets.


Thank you, protestors!


Reverend Dr. Barber has the moral authority to speak out effectively in a way that virtually no one else in the nation can currently.


Rev. William Barber (D) 2020


Just so you know, the Rev. Barber and his group have been taking to the streets and protesting NC politics for at least four or five years now. He has been a shining light in his state. We need more like Rev. Barber.


Taking a leaf from Putin’s playbook? What’s next? Shooting opposition leaders? Putin’s done a lot of that. Litvinenko, Politikovskaya, Nemtsov, to name just a few.

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“Demonstrators wanted the General Assembly to expand health coverage to poor and disabled people.”

GOP Think™ (Safety Nets vs. Tax Cuts Edition):

“Unless you make life harder for the poor, they’ll never have an economic incentive to change.”

Followed by…

“Unless you make life easier for the rich, they’ll never have an economic incentive to change.”

Have I got that right?


Off topic, but speaking of mighty acts of resistance, this piece by Rebecca Solnit is absolutely breathtaking: http://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-the-loneliness-of-donald-trump/

Spoiler, the last paragraph is one of the finest I’ve ever read:

The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.


Sort of.

There are nuances here. Republicans have put a lot of thought into this.

The poor are motivated when they have no money…or food or shelter or medical care.
The rich are motivated when they don’t have enough money.

Government handouts like food stamps and Medicaid and Welfare give the poor money for doing nothing.
Government tax cuts give wealthy people more money for doing nothing more.

The moral imperative to cut social welfare spending in order to provide tax cuts couldn’t be clearer.


You can’t make the bums in Raleigh feel shame, but you sure as hell can shame the people who didn’t vote. That’s the point of these protests.


Barber is a force of nature.


It’s a little more complicated than that, because the poor are motivated by taking things away from them, while the rich lose motivation when you take anything from them at all. So an effective 100% marginal tax rate (as with the cutoff of some benefits above a certain cap) will induce a poor person to work harder, while a 40% marginal tax rate will lead a rich person to consider giving up work entirely.


In the midst of all the Trump stories, this is real news. North Carolina is only the beginning. Our Republican overlords are going to be facing peaceful protest after peaceful protest. This is about our universal right to healthcare.


Tangentially related, this goper is concerned that he and fellow gopers are being limned as Nazis so check his solution. Irony is alive and well in Oregon. LOL


@paulw and @ottnot , Do you folks realize that the poor aren’t the only targets of the North Carolina Republicans. They after working class and middle class whites too. Their’s is a soviet or company store version of capitalism where only the upper 1% have rights and goods and everybody else starves in slavery.

Remember the phrase, “all men are created equal?” Well to the elites some men are more equal than others.


Speak up. Loudly.

If you are not putting the interest of the poor up-front, you are uncivilized and unChristian. Trump puts himself first, and too many Republican government bureaucrats are putting themselves first.

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Thanks for this link, and I liked this paragraph in particular, about the man who gropes and grabs and thinks he catnip to women everywhere. He’s also silently suffering and raging inside about the naked statue because he doesn’t dare say a word about it.

He is, as of this writing, the most mocked man in the world. After the women’s march on January 21st, people joked that he had been rejected by more women in one day than any man in history; he was mocked in newspapers, on television, in cartoons, was the butt of a million jokes, and his every tweet was instantly met with an onslaught of attacks and insults by ordinary citizens gleeful to be able to speak sharp truth to bloated power.


The republican legislature in NC is ignoring what SCOTUS has ruled on in regard to tearing down voter restrictions and pressing ahead with plans of its own to reinstate some repressive laws.

since November, when Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, reclaimed the governor’s office from the incumbent Republican, Pat McCrory, Republicans have redoubled their efforts to keep the levers of state government and state courts in their control.


The bad guys hide themselves from the public, yet sit in the oval offices of power.

The good people tell the truth, and are locked out of the halls of government.

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