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Senate leader’s ho hum response to the unemployment insurance crisis

If you want to understand the difference in the two competing sides in the current debate over the crisis afflicting 45,000 unemployed North Carolinians and their families, check out the videos from the respective press conferences of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and the Senate and House Democratic leaders, Martin Nesbitt and Joe Hackney. And don’t just listen to what they say, listen and watch how they say it.

Though under control, Hackney, Nesbitt (and House Deputy Minority Leader William Wainwright) display a fairly thinly-veiled anger and frustration. It’s clear that these men care about these suffering people and are disgusted that the House and Senate leadership have decided to hold their lives hostage to a completely unrelated political objective. You can watch their event here courtesy of WRAL.com.

Meanwhile, in stark contrast, Senator Berger practically yawns his way through the discussion of the unemployment issue. If you didn’t know what was at stake, you’d think the man was discussing a contract for a new sewer system. You can watch the excerpts at the bottom of this post by Mark Binker of Capital Beat and the Greensboro N-R. All in all, a remarkably disheartening and illuminating performance.

3 Comments


  1. Steve Harrison

    May 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I am really frustrated with how the media has handled this. Almost across the board, they describe the GOP’s Continuing Resolution as forcing a “13% spending cut from current levels”. On the rare occasion they do mention the cut is from Perdue’s proposed budget, not a one of them has mentioned Bev’s proposal already includes substantial cuts.

    Because of this poor coverage, the media itself is partially culpable in the plight of these 45,000 unfortunates.

  2. Dong Chao

    May 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    GOP is trying to kill jobs instead of creating jobs. GOP is also trying to make our children illiterate, while they are serving the corporations and accepting big dollar donations from corporations. Elected officials are supposed to serve the people – and not the corporations. LETS VOTE ALL THE SCUMBAG, JOB-KILLING REPUBLICANS OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE IN THE 2012 ELECTIONS. The hour of Reckoning is coming for these heartless and corrupt politicians!!!

    Each of the 45000 people has a family and friends and parents who are witnessing the GOP’s outrageous disregard for the unemployed workers. So, the people who are affected is actually 10 times more (if you count the relatives and such)!!! THESE IDIOTS ARE PISSING OFF MORE THAN HALF A MILLION OF NC VOTERS!!! But most importantly they are hurting families and children. The word SCUMBAG falls short of adequately defining GOP’s behavior.

  3. michael

    May 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Paybacks will be hell for the GOP come election time. AS the numbers grow each week the gop digs a biger hole for themselfs. I hope they rot and go to H—. Their day is coming.

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