Americans for Prosperity of NC sponsored a rally this afternoon. The main theme seemed to be "Just Say No To Incentives, Say Yes to North Carolina's Taxpayers".
Featured speakers were Dallas Woodhouse, president of the group, former State Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, and State Senators Fred Smith (R-Johnston) and Neal Hunt (R-Wake).
We are not against Goodyear, jobs, or North Carolina, the speakers repeated. According to Sen. Smith, "our state has good people, good resources, and we are a great state. Sometimes we just have to say no..." to protect the taxpaying citizens.
Justice Orr added that "we need to create an environment so that ALL businesses can thrive, including small businesses."
Sen. Hunt argued that this deal supports a union, part of which provides over one million dollars per election cycle to only one of the two major political parties.
Later, in a telephone Town Hall meeting, Woodhouse and Smith were joined by state Sen. Eddie Goodall (R-Union). Goodall reminded listeners that the Goodyear plant is located in state Sen. Tony Rand's district, already rich in pork. Goodall said he didn't blame the state for asking for the $40M in cash. He said if he was the CEO of a major corporation, he would be crazy not to. That's why this maddness must stop, he added.
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Legislators Move to Historic Showdown by Lynn Bonner of the Raleigh News and Observer