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    The demonstrations against corporate excess, which have taken place nationwide with greater frequency in recent weeks, arrived in the city because of a hearing at High Point City Hall over a proposed Duke Energy Corp. electric rate hike. About 150 people, many of them with the Occupy Greensboro and Occupy Winston-Salem groups, packed the High Point City Council chambers to protest the request that could lead to a 17 percent rate hike for Triad Duke customers.

    The hearing was one of a series taking place across the state on the request. Duke filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to increase electric rates by approximately $646 million. The utility argues it needs the increase to recoup capital costs, such as spending $4.8 billion since 2009 on modernizing its power system and complying with environmental regulations. If approved, new rates for Duke customers would take effect in February.

    Even before the protest by the Occupy demonstrators Thursday, Duke faced vigorous opposition from consumer groups over the rate hike proposal. The commission should make a decision in January on the request.

    Demonstrators against the proposal showed up more than a half an hour before the hearing. Todd Warren with Occupy Greensboro, in an interview with The High Point Enterprise before the hearing, echoed many of the sentiments expressed by opponents.

    "Here we are in one of the worst recessions in memory, and you have a company I think of as a monopoly talking about a rate increase. It amounts to a regressive tax on the poor. It just seems outrageous when folks are struggling to keep a job," Warren said.
    How dare these people!

    How dare these people want to keep more of their own money instead of having to keep giving it needlessly to a monopoly. They clearly hate the rich. Stupid commies. How dare they want to keep more of their own money or want to keep their electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    How dare these people!

    How dare these people want to keep more of their own money instead of having to keep giving it needlessly to a monopoly. They clearly hate the rich. Stupid commies. How dare they want to keep more of their own money or want to keep their electricity.

    Forgot.

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    OMG! A "tax" in the midst of a recession? How evil.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    OMG! A "tax" in the midst of a recession? How evil.........
    And I bet the Republicans here will all support it just because occupy is against it.

    This is actually their point. While you all don't appear to favor *any* tax increases on the rich (many of which are already on welfare through bailouts), you actually favor taxing the crap out of the poor. And THAT is actually the OWS argument.

    BTW guys, I'm not an OWS supporter. I'm not a supporter because some of the main leaders make all rich people out to be evil and I know better. I also think that taxing corporations too much will lead out to jobloss. But in all honesty, I think they're making some valid points.
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    Your first mistake is thinking it's "their" electricity. It isn't. It is coming from the ones who make it.
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    It costs what it costs, dipshits. Do you think Scrooge McDuck is going to open the money bin to make up the costs of all the high-end environmental compliance you demand? There are only two places it can come from if you want the damn' power, either directly in the rates or indiirectly in your taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    And I bet the Republicans here will all support it just because occupy is against it.

    This is actually their point. While you all don't appear to favor *any* tax increases on the rich (many of which are already on welfare through bailouts), you actually favor taxing the crap out of the poor. And THAT is actually the OWS argument.

    BTW guys, I'm not an OWS supporter. I'm not a supporter because some of the main leaders make all rich people out to be evil and I know better. I also think that taxing corporations too much will lead out to jobloss. But in all honesty, I think they're making some valid points.
    OK, I'm done making nice. Either you produce hard evidence of specific "rich" people benefiting from "welfare through bailouts" or you shut your troll mouth. Also, go back and look at every post in this forum(yes, all 200K+ of them) and find one post that says that anyone here is in favor of "taxing the crap out of the poor". I'm tired of you making sweeping, baseless accusations. But this is typical of you and your ilk. You are a troll, an idiot, and an asshole who should be banned for trolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    OK, I'm done making nice. Either you produce hard evidence of specific "rich" people benefiting from "welfare through bailouts" or you shut your troll mouth. Also, go back and look at every post in this forum(yes, all 200K+ of them) and find one post that says that anyone here is in favor of "taxing the crap out of the poor". I'm tired of you making sweeping, baseless accusations. But this is typical of you and your ilk. You are a troll, an idiot, and an asshole who should be banned for trolling.
    And this is is where Bridget makes her exit
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    And this is is where Bridget makes her exit
    She's just another troll swooper and pooper. Frankly, we need to start permanently banning these people. It's not funny anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    She's just another troll swooper and pooper. Frankly, we need to start permanently banning these people. It's not funny anymore.

    She's been here as long as I have...which is since 2005...her act was old after the first month I was here.

    Maybe I'll get a Christmas gift and she'll get served with the ban hammer this year.
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