Why They Call North Carolina Democrats "The Good Old Boys."

So What's Wrong With These Two December 2010 News Stories?
If you watched the movie, Atlas Shrugged, you would know.

"Easley’s sentence could have included up to 15 months in prison. Instead, prosecutors agreed to no jail time and a $1,000 fine plus court costs. Wake County Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith approved the deal."

Former Democrat Governor fined $1,000, Gets no Jail Time from North Carolina Judge

"The decision ends lengthy state and federal probes into Easley’s conduct in office, based on reports from various media outlets. Carolina Journal reported, among other things, Easley received free flights on private aircraft that were not reported, used state aircraft for personal business, obtained real estate at discounted prices, and failed to disclose rental income from his Raleigh home while his family lived in the Executive Mansion.

The state prosecution was launched after the N.C. Board of Elections fined Easley’s campaign committee $100,000 for illegal flights. By the time the elections board could enforce its penalty, the committee was broke and only $5,000 of the fine was paid. (Read the rest of the story) - David N. Bass, Associate Editor, Carolina Journal, December 2010, Vol. 19, No. 12, Page 1

"Unable to build a box-on-wheels that satisfied city planners, Pruner ended up purchasing a “professional” pushcart for $2,500. Next, he set out to get a vending permit from the city, but found out he also would need to get a health permit from the county. Total cost: $150." - Carolina Journal

Hot Dog Vendor Jailed for Operating Without a License. Owner of Outlaw Dogs says licensing procedure was too burdensome

"After months of unemployment, 57-year-old Steve Pruner decided to create his own job selling hot dogs in downtown Durham. Problem is, state laws and regulations called “onerous” by a Durham County health official have sidelined Pruner’s hot dog cart.

Pruner, a former executive recruiter for a company conducting clinical research trials, had to find another line of work when the economy went bad. Self-employed, with a mentally handicapped 26-year-old daughter and a 48-year-old brother on kidney dialysis depending on him for support, running a hot dog cart seemed to be the ticket. It wouldn’t require much capital, he could be his own boss, and he could even build a cart himself, he thought.
(Read the rest of the story) - Sara Burrows, Associate Editor, Carolina Journal December 10, 2010, Vol. 19, No. 12, Page 13


"After being jailed twice for vending hot dogs without a permit, Steve Pruner of Outlaw Hot Dogs finally is permitted and back in business. He still plans to fight North Carolina’s “onerous” permitting process." (Read the rest of the story.) - Sara Burrows, Associate Editor, Carolina Journal Online, December 20, 2010




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