Governor Cooper 2020 Reelection Op-Ed: “I stopped tax cuts, vetoed teacher raises, but it’s Republicans’ fault. Vote for Me!'”

RALEIGH – Saying laughable things with a straight face is one talent Governor Roy Cooper posses a lot of. His ability to deliver real whoppers while maintaining faux indignation is a real marvel. Cooper was practically showing off over the weekend with an Op-Ed in the Sunday paper in which he asserted that it was simply “unacceptable” that teachers did not get raises after the second longest legislative session in North Carolina history.

From the Winston-Salem Journal:

“[…] Real people lose out when lawmakers in Raleigh and Washington fail to do that hard work. At the end of this session, the second-longest in North Carolina history, it is unacceptable that, despite other state employees getting raises, teachers still have not gotten a significant raise to keep our state competitive with our neighbors. […]”

Except, he vetoed significant teacher raises during the session. Twice!

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In the Op-Ed, the governor continues his rehearsed narrative of chiding the Republicans as heartless for not expanding Medicaid or doing more to satisfy his Leftist wish list. But it’s the things he asserts he is proud of that are truly remarkable.

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After predicting his vetoes (of teacher-pay-raising budgets) will stand, and doubling down on Medicaid expansion, Cooper says he most proud of the things his veto stopped:

“[…] My budget veto still stands because enough members of the General Assembly agree that we must do more. This veto prevented some bad things from happening. We stopped another corporate tax cut that would harm our ability to properly fund our classrooms. We stopped a scheme that would make school construction funding unreliable and siphon funds from school safety, teacher pay and textbooks. And we stopped further growth of the unaccountable private school voucher program that takes money away from public education. […]”

Just to reiterate and clarify, Governor Roy Cooper is bragging that he and the Democrats in the General Assembly stopped:

  • a tax cut for small-business owners;
  • a fiscally responsible pay-as-you-go plan for building schools; and,
  • a scholarship program to give kids trapped in public school purgatory a choice in education

Cooper writes this AFTER boasting of his mission statement:

“I want a North Carolina where people are better educated, and healthier, with more money in their pockets and where there are more opportunities for people to have lives of purpose and abundance. […]”

So, naturally, he vetoes the entire education budget, rages against tax changes to leave more money in people’s pockets, and robs kids of the opportunity to find their purpose.

Roy Cooper 2020.

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