Friday, June 21, 2013

Sauce for the Gander

Art Pope
The old saying "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" means that if a particular type of behavior is acceptable for one person, it should also be acceptable for another person.

The Civitas Institute doesn't seem to agree.

Civitas published its black list of those arrested during Moral Monday protests in Raleigh -- mug shots, home addresses, names of employers -- earlier this week, and the odor of intimidation was unmistakable.

The Indy Week in Durham decided that it might be fair to list in similar ways all the staffers at Civitas, including Civitas Action, the 501 c (4) lobbying shop attached to Civitas Institute:
Coincidentally, when we were building this database [Thursday] morning, all the names were listed on the Civitas Institute website. Now, only Francis X. De Luca, Civitas Institute president, is listed. 
Civitas Institute is a conservative think tank funded largely by the Pope Foundation, which has given it more than $8 million since its founding in 2005—about 97 percent of its income. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit. Art Pope sat on the institute’s board of directors until Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him as state ... budget director.
The list is quite interesting. Even more interesting, in some case, are the comments attached to the Indy Week on-line publication, especially this property tax listing:
Do you mean this Art Pope? 
3324 Granville Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
Land value: $985,800
Building value: $2,246,926
Total value for property: $3,232,726
Assessments for tax year: 2009/2010
Last sale: $2,995,000 (12/30/2004)
Builtins: Multiple Fireplaces
Year property was built: 2004
Effective year built: 2004
Heated area: 10,057 square feet
Land size: 47,480 square feet 
Other improvements/additions:
Garage Masonry: 857 square feet
Open Porch: 16 square feet
1s Masonry: 300 square feet
Open Porch: 340 square feet
Open Porch: 743 square feet
Open Porch: 45 square feet
Patio: 168 square feet
The ultra-rich are different from you and me.


Main Street Muse said...

KEEP IT UP! Art Pope is horribly damaging to this state - one of the 13 original states of the Union.

Have no idea why such a wealthy man feels the need to squelch the right of citizens to peaceably assemble. But then again, the rich are very different than you and me - and Mr. Pope feels compelled to protect that difference. He's not at all interested in helping the state emerge from one of its worst economic crises since the founding of this nation.

brotherdoc said...

One of the most regrettable things about this man is that his fortune is made from owning chain stores whose low prices/cheap merchandise attract the poor--Roses, Family Dollar, etc. So, he is using the money made off poor people against them, to attack their place in society. People like this obviously have no conscience, ambition and greed rule their lives. No doubt as he lounges about in his $3 million, 10 thousand sq.ft. house he feels he has earned the right to such a lifestyle. Anyone lower down the ladder obviously isn't working hard enough, in his eyes.