Wednesday, April 17, 2013

No, YOU need to be quiet, Mr. Tucker!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Political arrogance reached a new extreme on Tuesday when Republican Sen. Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw told a North Carolina newspaper publisher, "I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet."

He is the, ahem... senator
  • He is the, ahem... senator
Ok, well, that's one way to operate in a Democratic society. Another way is to turn the table on this pathetic excuse for a public servant and tell him, "No, we are the people. You are the slimy bastard who wants to conduct public business in secrecy. You need to go away."

According to a story posted Tuesday at The Charlotte Observer, Tucker made his outrageous statements after he'd "railroaded a bill through his committee that would let government operate in more secrecy":

The legislation, Senate Bill 287, would allow certain local governments to stop notifying the public about crucial government activities in the local newspaper. The governments could instead just post legal notices in the bowels of their websites, where few people are likely to see them.

Just last week, according to NC Policy Watch, Tucker effectively told another mere citizen - Bill Rowe of the N.C. Justice Center - to be quiet when the senator ordered Rowe to "sit down." Rowe had questioned the constitutionality of a bill that would require drug testing of people applying for public benefits.

Questioning authority? Easy access to public information? Transparency? Pfft. Who needs it? The "people" just get in the way, don't they, Tommy boy?

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