I know it's a catchy title, but it is true. During Trump's four years in office, he was at war with America and his favorite weapon of mass destruction was tariffs. He claimed tariffs would level the playing field and make China pay. No, Americans paid those tariffs, not China, and Mexico did not pay for the wall.
On Feb 7th, 2018, a 30% solar module import tariff took effect. This had a devastating effect on North Carolina. We were No.2 in the nation following, dare I say California’s renewal solar energy program. Now were 10th trailing behind Florida.
These tariffs slowed clean energy job creation in North Carolina. The U.S. solar module prices increased, while the rest of the world saw their prices drop. I guess that was due to demand for clean energy.
During the 4 years of solar #tariffs, and according to a Government report by USITC, Trump’s solar tariffs accomplished little. It hurt the U.S. solar module industry, increased prices, wages dropped, and taxpayers paid greater than $741 million through these tariffs by the end of 2019.
Before Covid19, North Carolina was on track for clean energy job growth. According to e2.org – nearly 113,000 North Carolinians work in solar, wind, grid modernization, energy storage, clean vehicles at the end of 2019. However, Covid19 squashed that industry and right now we have lost 19% of clean energy jobs. 22,000 North Carolinians remain unemployed and nationally that is 511,000 Americans.
Yesterday, Republican Ted Budd (R-NC13) touted he was ready to work with President Biden and in the same breath just 6 hours later he is attacking the President for canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. Budd claimed this would kill 10,000 jobs, help Russia, China and referenced a fossil fuel propaganda website to back up the claim. Funny thing, the State Dept reviewed the project and their report found that it would only create about 3,900 temporary jobs and 15 permanent jobs. It is clear to me that Budd is using his position to be a mouthpiece for his Big Oil donors.
We must finally move away from fossil fuels. It is literally killing us, poisoning our lands, water, air and continues to pump green-house gases on the planet. Moving forward, this is why a Green New Deal is important. We have the technology right now to get to zero emissions by 2050. But we need the will of Congress to launch a 10-year plan. That is why we need to move our country from fossil fuel energy production to clean renewable production. Upgrade the power grid, upgrade buildings to be more energy efficient. Invest in electric vehicles and improve our transportation system.
Now I am sure Rep. Ted Budd will use those silly fossil fuel propaganda websites he pushes for his Big Oil donor’s. But the Green New Deal will provide a new economic boom across all sectors of our nation. Housing, Transportation, Education, Tech Jobs, and new Energy Jobs. The first step is rejoining the Paris Climate agreement and on his first day in office President Biden did just that. Now cancel the tariffs.
So, let us roll up our sleeves and work to Build Back Better our nation, our economy and ensure we have a clean and bright future for our children and mother earth.
Republicans are out of time to repudiate the Trump lies. Only 15 miles of the wall were built and Mexico didn't pay for it. We saw white men attack the nation because the white man is losing political power to an ever-changing diverse America. Instead of accepting the truth.
They chose to rise up and respond like a mob due to Trump's lies and Republicans stood by and did nothing. They attacked our democracy to continue their version of governance that ignores equality, justice for all, and tolerance. White privilege on display.
Tomorrow, we close this chapter on American history and begin a new. This chapter of lies, broken promises and complicity of enablers must not be forgotten. We came so close to this being our last chapter of our American democracy.
On January 11th, I tweeted a long thread of Ted Budd's support of Trump's lies on voter fraud. Here is that thread with receipts.
This is a chronicle of Rep Ted Budd's twitter feed since the election. He tweeted more than 25 times about the lack of election integrity and continued to push a LIE of voter fraud in support of Trump's narrative the election was stolen. It's a long thread.
However, Budd never once said anything about the exhaustive court cases that never found any fraud. Budd sent a letter to AG Barr to investigate. Barr saw no need to do so and saw no evidence of widespread fraud. Yet, Budd refused to even mention this fact.
Why would you ask someone to look into something but refuse to acknowledge that they told you there's nothing to see? Because your agenda is to sow doubt in a free and fair election. The effects exploded on Jan 6th when the insurrectionists tried to stop the Electoral count.
We must hold these men and women accountable. They are dangerous and now people are dead because of them.
On Nov 9th Budd tweeted 2 comments building his propaganda that if we can spend two years on Russia collusion and then tweets that AG Barr is looking into the "Allegations"
On Nov 13th, he retweets Rep. Bill Posey's letter to AG Barr to investigate election software and hardware.
On Nov 13th, he does a video attacking Democrats saying they don't want to admit that Trump has the right to investigate Voter Fraud (this tweet is designed to make you think there is fraud.)
On Nov 18th, he brags about introducing a bill to combat voter fraud once and for all. (psst that bill died in the 116th Congress)
On Nov 19th, he retweets the Koch Brother's Heritage foundation - who I might add is famous for their own false propaganda. The articled uses trigger words like "every vote must count" and "patriots." Well every vote was counted. Joe Biden won.
Budd must have decided to take off for Thanksgiving. He didn't tweet until Dec 2nd - he retweets Rep. Warren Davidson bemoaning AG Barr must ID, prosecute, and correct the fraud of 2020. (Again no Fraud)
On Dec 3rd, he retweeted the right wing pod-cast Blunt Force Truth thanking him for being on their pod-cast and hoping he has a speedy recovery from #Covid19. I wished him a speedy recovery, he didn't retweet it. I wonder why?
On Dec 4th, while he's suppose to be recovering from #Covid19 - he's pushing Rep. LaMalfa's bill to "count all legal votes." More false flag comments that the election was fraudulent.
On Dec 9th, Budd is saying the DOJ needs to listen to #WethePeople claiming they have concerns, and how he is glad another house member is joining his #SeditionCaucus. More false narratives supporting Trump's claim of election fraud.
On Dec 11th, now Budd is claiming there are millions of Americans do not have faith in the election. #ComeOnTed for the last month you've pushed propaganda that there is fraud. You're stoking the Trump Lies.
Again on Dec 11th, you tweet saying #SCOTUS should hear the Texas Case. Psst they refused to hear the case. What happened to your big "States Rights" position? Why are you interfering in other states?
On Dec 18th, Budd is bragging how proud he is to support Rep. Mo Brooks that Congress hold hearings before Jan 6th. He signed the letter.
On Dec 22nd, He urges his fellow Republican NC Rep's to join his seditious fight for the Constitution and election integrity. Why didn't he ask Democrat's to join? Foxx, Bishop, Murphy, Rouzer, Hudson and Cawthorn joined the #NC #SeditiousSeven and #SeditiousCaucus
On Dec 22nd, Budd proudly brags "Yes, I plan to object on January 6th." He said millions saw what I saw. #ComeonTed - What did you see Budd? It was a fair election. No Fraud. Still supporting Trump's lies.
On Dec 30th, he is sending thanks to Sen. Hawley for joining the fight. Pushing the Trump Lies. Pouring more gas on the #WeThePeople claims of voter fraud.
On Dec 31st, he's tweeting about how their cause has went from the few liars to many more liars. Great to see it #wethepeople.
On Jan 2nd, bragging about adding more major muscle. He's just adding more Trumpet's who are pushing the lie of election fraud. There was no election fraud. 60 Court cases were denied due to lack of evidence.
On Jan 4th, Budd is attacking Democrats for not supporting election integrity. Claiming hypocrisy. Even wrote a letter. Where is his letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell for refusing to bring to a vote the House bills to protect our election integrity. Such hypocrisy.
On Jan 4th, retweets Rep. Marjorie Greene (Qanon Believer) attacking Speaker Pelosi
for not supporting his earlier tweet that Democrats don't support election integrity. Don't forget the House passed bills to strengthen our elections and Senate Republicans blocked it.
On Jan 5th, tweets "it is our duty....to protect the integrity of our electoral process." Then attacks Democrats and while he brag's that he will stand up alongside #wethepeople on Jan6th.
On Jan 6th, Budd claims he is representing all North Carolinians who want election integrity and tweets the video of him signing his name to object to the electoral votes in six states. All the states have certified their elections. What about state rights?
On Jan 6th - Budd tweets he's been evacuated from the House floor as now we are finally seeing the full effects unfold from his seditious, treasonous behavior. Trump supports who he inflamed are storming the U.S. Capitol building.
On Jan 6th, Budd continues his seditious behavior. Addresses Congress. Objects to the votes cast in another state. Claiming a violent mob will not stop him from giving voice to North Carolinians who believe his lies of Election Fraud. #ComeOnTed What reality do you live in? He invited the violent mob.
On Jan 9th - He attacks tech companies for shutting down Trump's twitter account and you can now find him on Parler. Tech companies have shut down Parler for giving hate a safe place to exposure their right wing conspiracy theories.
On Jan 11th - after 4 years of supporting a President who has divided our nation, Budd is complaining that if Democrats what unity - impeachment of Trump for insurrection on the United States is not the way to show it.
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Congressman Ted Budd spent the months following the election spreading lies and misinformation about alleged election fraud. He ginned up this propaganda and never once acknowledged any of the 60 plus court cases where absolutely no fraud was even alleged, much less shown, by the Trump legal team. Zero. Yet, on and on Ted Budd went, even going so far as to encourage Republicans to change their voting address to Georgia for the special election to “level the playing field.” Budd was one of the first in a group of the President’s cadre of elected officials who amplified and promoted unproven allegations of election fraud. They then turned around and demanded that the voices of millions of Americans concerned with election fraud be heard. Well, Congressman Budd, you don’t get to light the fire in the house and then complain that no one is putting it out.
Elected officials have a microphone. Their platform is elevated because the people expect them to represent their best interests. When an elected official peddles baseless conspiracy theories, it then becomes rooted in the information ecosystem much faster than if you or I simply said “fraud!” It’s akin to screaming FIRE in a crowded movie theater. People will rush to the exits.
On Wednesday January 6, having been convinced of a “fire” in our body politic, people rushed to the US Capitol to disrupt our most sacred electoral processes because they had been convinced by men like Ted Budd that their votes had been stolen. They hadn’t. Yet, after all of the litigation by Republican judges and even Republican Secretaries of State had shown no evidence of fraud, Budd continued. He never once acknowledged the outcome of any of these cases, lying by omission. He peddled the conspiracies about fraud to curry favor with his party and his President.
Ted Budd is a smart man. He knew Trump lost. He knew the election was free of fraud. He knew he was lying to the voters. That makes his actions even more devious and dangerous. It’s one thing to be ignorant and intellectually incapable of knowing the difference between right and wrong. Budd knew and did so anyway.
His sworn duty was to represent the interests of his constituents and to uphold the Constitution. Instead, Budd fomented anger and refused to properly inform his constituents that there was no fraud and that Joe Biden won the Presidential election in a free and fair manner. Never once has Ted Budd encouraged a smooth and peaceful transfer of power from Trump to Biden. He has only peddled the Big Lie. He violated his oath to uphold the Constitution because he refused to acknowledge that President Trump lost in a free and fair manner that had been litigated over and over and over, to no avail.
If I thought my voting rights had been illegally usurped, I would be upset as well. I would be angry. I would understand if a violent uprising was the only recourse imaginable in the absence of a free and fair election. But that’s not what happened here. Intelligent men like Ted Budd knew the outcome and saw an opportunity for their political future so they refused to properly inform Americans of what happened. They chose themselves instead (just like Budd chose his family Business to receive $10 million in covid relief funds while voting against additional aid for Americans).
This craven and dangerous failure to spread truth instead of misinformation has resulted in a violation of our most sacred governmental institutions and the first domestic terror attack in centuries.
I have been a Democrat for as long as I have been able to vote. I have done my best to support Democratic candidates throughout North Carolina and the nation. I was proud to run twice as a Democratic congressional candidate in North Carolina.
Georgia voted – Reverend Warnock will be Georgia’s next Senator and currently Jon Ossoff holds the lead, and his race should be called later today as the final votes are counted.
Today is a good day.
I must admit there is a certain amount of vindication - vindication that Donald Trump’s divisive tactics did not outweigh democracy, the rule of law, and common decency. But this is no time to gloat. In fact, perhaps this time to be somber.
On Friday, our family will hold funeral services for my father-in-law W.C. Flake, Jr., who died from Covid19. He was a father to me, a father in every sense of the word. And I loved him. His death did not have to happen. We get carried away sometimes and lose sight of what really matters. I hope and pray that we can put this election cycle behind us. I hope and pray that we can put the last four years behind us. And although it happened, and America has become more divisive now than ever, I believe we can heal.
During my congressional campaign and all throughout North Carolina I met people who were struggling who had unimaginable heartbreaking stories. My heart hurt for those children who were going hungry due to no fault of their own. I acted. I started my Instant Impact program and to date, that program has provided almost 100,000 meals.
We all have a commonality. We want to live in peace. We want to be able to raise our children so that they will have a better life than we had growing up. We want what is best for our friends and neighbors. When they are hurting, we hurt also. When there is tragedy in our local communities we come together because deep down, we know we are all in this together.
Friends never lose sight of what is important. We need to end the divisiveness in politics. We have too much at stake to give up on our common humanity. No, now is not the time to gloat over the Georgia election or even the presidency for that matter. Now it is time for us to take stock of the loved ones we have and to figure out a path to move forward through this economic crisis and this pandemic.
Lincoln’s quote of “a house divided cannot stand” might be cliché, but it’s absolutely true, now more than ever. Let’s be sure that we work to heal the division and focus on what we have in common and not our toxic differences. I have faith that we can and will do so.
The Cares Act was supposed to help everyday Americans through the lock-down. But when you look back on 2020, the Extreme Rich, Millionaires, and Billionaires received the bigger slice of the Cares Act pie.
An estimated $257.95 billion went to millionaires and billionaires who did not need the money. $10 million, the max amount a small business can receive went to a local NC company, The Budd Group. If that name is not familiar, that is my former congressional opponent Rep. Ted Budd’s family business. Soon afterwards, Ted Budd was looking to buy an airplane to fly between D.C. and his family's private airstrip. Coincidence?
Also, since the pandemic – Target & Lowe’s have doubled their profits. Walmart & Amazon - Jeff Bezos is $117 billion richer.
Regular folks, like you and I, received $293.37 billion of the Cares Act stimulus. That is our $1,200 check. If that $257.95 billion could have combined with the $293.73 it would have boosted our stimulus checks to $2,400 or more.
Corporations made out big time with more tax breaks. There is always a tax break in the fine print somewhere. The Cares Act increased the deductible level of corporate debt from 30% to 50%.
Corporations can now receive refunds of 35% of their losses going back several years. What does this do? It reduces the tax revenue, allowing corporations to pay less in taxes while millions of Americans are paying more.
Our tax dollars are not coming back to us, it is being redistributed to the rich and corporations. This is the wealth redistribution Republicans warned us about.
This pandemic has grotesquely inflamed income inequality. Before the Covid19 pandemic hit our nation and forced 1000’s of businesses to shutter forever, it created 52 new billionaires for a total of 659.
In contrast, it sent millions to the unemployment lines, food bank lines, and homeless shelters.
Those billionaires have a combined wealth of 4 Trillion dollars and 10 of those hold more than 1 Trillion. 10 people. It is simply wrong. I keep saying we live in #Two Americas. The #extremerich and everybody else. This pandemic has accelerated the divide. We need to stop electing millionaires to represent the public in Washington D.C. Do you honestly think they listen to our concerns? Do you think, they understand our struggles from pay-check to pay-check?
They use the power of the people to deny us the help we need. The Republicans through Sen. Mitch McConnell could not even give us a $2,000 check.
The last time I checked almost 800,000 people filed for unemployment this last week. In some states like NC that's $300 a week. Who can live on little money? As voters, we need to pay attention to income inequality and what our leaders are doing to us. Cause it looks like they are doing everything for themselves and corporations.
NBC Business News – Wall Street minted 56 new billionaires since the pandemic began… by Martha C. White
ProPublica – The CARES Act sent you a $1,200 Check but Gave Millionaires and Billionaires Far More. by Allan Sloan