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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Republicans Win Budget Skirmish, But War Goes On

With aid of 5 Democrats, GOP overcomes Perdue’s veto

RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) —
One may be the loneliest number, but two is the most contentious, at least in the North Carolina capital this summer. That’s the percentage difference between Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s general fund budget for the next two fiscal years and Republican lawmakers’ final version, which became law Wednesday after the GOP and five Democratic converts successfully overrode the governor’s veto.

The variation — about $200 million in extra spending out of a $19.7 billion budget in the coming year and $400 million of a $20.4 billion plan in the final year of the cycle — might seem small. Not to Perdue, who uncapped her veto pen Sunday for the first time in state history to strike down the spending plan.

The reason: the GOP approach would do “generational damage,” “overlook” and “leave behind” pre-school children, target the “environment and quality of life,” and tear “at the very fibers that have made this state strong,” Perdue said.

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