COOPER: SAME OLD SONG

Been there. Done that. As Attorney General Roy Cooper announces for Governor, a little history is in order.

Roy Cooper is no new face. When he became a Raleigh Legislative insider almost thirty years ago, Michael Jackson topped the charts with Bad and Ronald Reagan was in the White House. And Cooper’s policies are worn out, too. We’ve tried them and they left us with a sputtering economy.

In the Legislature, Roy Cooper raised income taxes, sales taxes, business taxes, gas taxes, car taxes, cell phone taxes, even a tax on eggs. Roy Cooper is no reformer on taxes.

And did all those tax increases go for the state’s top priority, education? No. In the Legislature, Cooper cut education’s share of the budget by 5%. One year -the year he raised income tax -Cooper cut the school budget below the previous year’s budget. So how about Roy Cooper and education reform? Well, he voted to eliminate teacher competency testing. That’s not reform either.

Budget reform? No. He raided billions of dollars out of the Highway Trust Fund and $21 million out of the repair fund to spend on pork barrel projects like a pottery museum.

So did Mr. Cooper become a reformer when he became Attorney General? The record speaks for itself. He supported Mike Easley’s raid on the Highway Trust Fund, approved Legislative slush funds, fought against lawsuit reform, opposed Voter ID and tax cuts. And our supposed ”top cop” was blind as a bat as corruption engulfed Mike Easley, Bev Perdue and Speaker Jim Black.

For thirty years, Roy Cooper has been an insider calling the shots in Raleigh, never challenging Democratic Party orthodoxy, not on ObamaCare, not on Obama’s amnesty by executive order, not even allowing a child who isn’t doing well in one school to get an opportunity scholarship to go to a better school. No. The teacher’s union says no and so does Roy Cooper.

Reform isn’t in Attorney General Cooper’s DNA. But but by embracing reform, Governor McCrory has helped our economy. The Roy Cooper same old, same olds said reform wouldn’t work. But we’re creating jobs thirty percent faster than the national average.

Should North Carolina go backwards with a party apparatchik or go forward with a Governor who isn’t afraid of reform? Voters will decide.