It's your right to avoid NC. Baby, you were born to run.

It’s your right to avoid NC. Baby, you were born to run.

Listener Brandon Klenzendorf asked me in the “Consider This!” Facebook group if the North Carolina so-called “bathroom law” was a similar situation to Georgia, and from the looks of it, and the reaction to it, yup, it’s pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that North Carolina got the law passed. And of course, there are those using their right to choose how to run their business to protest the idea that N. Carolina business should be allowed to … choose how to run their businesses.

Do the rich pay their fair share of taxes? Since we’ve passed April 15th — the day that Americans settle up with the Federal government for their 2015 taxes — now’s a good time to find out who pays what. How much do the top 1% really pay of our federal tax revenues?

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Mentioned links:

The True ‘Trauma Trigger’ That the North Carolina Bathroom Bill Is Designed to Prevent

Petition: Springsteen Cancelling Concert is Like Bakers Refusing to Make Gay Wedding Cakes

Michael Moore’s NC boycott hypocrisy DESTROYED with a single tweet

No, Gays and ‘Transgenders’ Are Not Being Bullied. They Are The Bullies.

Americans Earning Six Figures or More Pay Nearly 80% of Individual Income Taxes

45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

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Show transcript

As we did last episode, we have another state passing a law based on science, and the Left is boycotting that state. Listener Brandon Klenzendorf asked me in the Facebook group if the North Carolina so-called “bathroom law” was a similar situation to Georgia, and from the looks of it, and the reaction to it, yup, it’s pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that North Carolina got the law passed.

I will say that, unlike the Georgia law, which was a preemptive measure, the North Carolina law was passed because of something that had already happened. Kind of proves the reason that the Georgia law was necessary. Anyway, the city of Charlotte had passed a municipal law that allowed anyone who said they were transgendered to use any bathroom they wanted to. The state said, no, we’re not going there; little girls shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a man just because he claims to be married to a Kardashian.

And just like the threatened boycotts of Georgia, various people and group are boycotting North Carolina. Michael Moore asked his distributor not to book his films in any North Carolina theater. Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert in Greensboro because of it. In his Facebook post regarding the cancellation, The Boss said this, “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

Here’s the thing, Bruce; more power to you! I mean it. You, as a business owner, have the right to choose who you will do business with. Now, if you’ve signed contracts prior to deciding to cancel, of course those have to be honored, but you still have the right to choose. If you want to bail out on your fans in North Carolina, well baby, you were born to run.

But you apparently don’t think that business owner’s in North Carolina should have that same right. If a restaurant wants to ensure that men use the men’s room and women use the women’s room – you know, like it’s been as far back as I can remember – shouldn’t they have that right? The people of that state, speaking through their representatives, certainly think so. But you’re using your right to choose to protest their right to choose. Aren’t we seeing some hypocrisy here?

Yes we are, and not just from The Boss. This ordinance goes for locker rooms as well, and in February, after the city of Seattle passed a similar ordinance to Charlotte’s, a man, who was not transgender, entered a girls’ locker room twice in one day. His goal was to test the limits of the new rule. An advocate of the ordinance said that the ordinance itself wasn’t a problem; the man was “just taking advantage of a loophole.” Indeed, a loophole as big as a door that says “Women’s Lockers”.

So it’s already been proven that those kinds of ordinances pretty much mean that any bathroom or locker room can be used by anyone who merely says the right combination of words. The people of North Carolina said, nope, we want to protect women and children. And that’s another big reason the Left hates this law. It demonstrates that, when it comes right down to it, it’s they who are involved in a war on women. They would rather define that war as strictly an abortion issue, but there’s so much more to it that they’d rather ignore for political purposes. And even with abortion, it’s conservatives trying to save the lives of little girls, and little boys.

And come to think of it, if passing such a law keeps Michael Moore movies out of a state, that just might encourage others to follow suit. They may want to consider this.


I’ve said before that if you taxed all income over $1 million dollars at 100%, two things would happen. First, it wouldn’t get us back in the black regarding the federal budget, and second, Democrats would still say that the rich aren’t paying their fair share.

April 15th passed recently, which is the date each year that Americans settle up their tax bill with the feds, and either get refunded any overage, or pay any “underage”. So I thought it would be timely to report on a couple of statistics.

According to 2015 tax records, 45% of Americans, nearly half, pay no income tax at all. They still want a say in how everyone else’s tax money is spent, of course, but they themselves have none of their own money in it; no “skin in the game”, as some put it.

So where does all the government’s income tax money come from? Well, according to 2014 tax records, about 80% of that (79.5%, to be exact) comes from those making $100,000 or more. So of the money the government takes in, 4/5th comes from, not just the top 1%, but the top 16%. People call it 1% to make soaking them sound more acceptable.

Remember this next time someone claims that they want a “level playing field”, or “equality”, or some other nice-sounding ideal. Yes, those are things we should strive for, but when the Left calls for it, it usually means they want the playing field tilted in their direction. And they don’t realize that, in many cases, it already is.

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