Tim Phillips: STATE LEADERS CARRY CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT FORWARD
Earlier this month I was in North Carolina applauding the future of conservatism: principled, state leaders who are moving the state forward by rejecting the unwise policies of Congress and President Obama and passing bold, free market reforms and rejecting billions of federal taxpayer dollars. Just this week, Governor Pat McCrory, with strong support from GOP state legislators, announced that he would not set up a state health care exchange or expand the Medicaid program.
On cue, the liberal editorial writers – and even some Republicans who should know better – are criticizing these legislators and the Governor for rejecting the expansion of Medicaid, refusing to set up a state health exchange, and turning down “free” federal money for extended unemployment benefits. What the critics fail to comprehend is that the Governor and these legislators are trying to save American taxpayers from the federal government and the federal government from itself.
They know the federal government is effectively bankrupt and someone must put us on a more responsible course.
One of these new leaders is the North Carolina State Senate Leader, Phil Berger.
Phil is a blue collar guy at heart. As a young husband and father, he stacked particleboard on assembly lines, painted houses and worked as a grocery store produce clerk to provide for his family and put himself through community college and then law school. His wife worked in a mill, spooling denim.
In 2010 he led a conservative takeover of the North Carolina State Senate, becoming the first Republican in over 100 years to lead the chamber and began pushing a raft of reforms, some of which were stymied by a liberal governor.
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