-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
Buncombe County is going to spend about $18.4 million to build a puppy and kitten slaughtering facility.
It will also manufacture and sell cigarettes and crack cocaine. A separate facility on site will import non-craft beer from a major corporate brewery.
I believe it’s called Animal Slaughtering & Sin Corp. (I’m not sure what the stock ticker symbol is for that.)
If this sounds unbelievable, I dare you to prove me wrong before tonight’s big public hearing on the super-secret Project X deal.
Make no mistake, County Commissioners will be opening a public hearing tonight on an $18.4 million tax break. We just don’t know what company is going to benefit from the County taxpayers’ forced largesse. So, my guess of an animal-slaughtering, vice-producing facility is as good as anyone’s.
I think the facility is also going to sell children into slavery, too. Look at this corporate photo!
But this deal is more than just an accounting scheme. This one is groundbreaking because it will literally be groundbreaking.
Under terms of the proposal, Buncombe County will buy a facility, fix it up, and then trade it with A.S.S. Corp. for the facility (called Facility “A”) out of which the business is operating. Where did A.S.S. Corp. get Facility “A”?
That’s right, Buncombe County taxpayers get to build not one, but TWO facilities for this Project X, which would lease one of the facilities and (hopefully) pay the County back for the upfront investment.
I’ve never seen a deal like this. We’re turned a new page in business incentive deals – where governments are now quite literally in the business of building the businesses.
It makes me wonder if there is some specific reason why this is all necessary. Is there an issue with the proposed site – like contamination – for which the company doesn’t want to be held liable?
The proposal also calls for the issuance of Limited Obligation Bonds – also known as Revenue Bonds. These typically pay higher interest rates and are repaid through dedicated revenue streams. The proposal does not indicate what that revenue stream is. Also, in a handy accounting trick, Revenue Bonds allow governments to circumvent debt limits they may be statutorily bound to. I guess the deal is so great, it’s worth skirting the debt ceiling.
Thanks for the input
According to the Board agenda, the commissioners intend to vote on the giveaway right after the public hearing.
Let's be clear - the public hearing is a sham. This deal is already done, and any public opposition won't derail it.
One good thing about this deal – it should finally put to rest the myth that local government officials have any desire to listen to the public when it comes to these types of “incentives” packages.
Another benefit of the deal – local elected officials get to celebrate that they “brought jobs to Buncombe County.” No mention of the businesses that might NOT be coming or growing because of this decision, of course. Only that County Commissioners gave us all some jobs… at a cost of $18.4 million of our own money.
Quite a deal, indeed.