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Here is something you might have missed in the Fayetteville Observer recently that is a perfect example of the misguided budget decisions made by the General Assembly this year.

For some in Cumberland County, this could be a long, cold winter. The state has cut the amount of financial help it offers low income families with heating bills through the winter by 83 percent this year.

That might be a good question for Speaker Tillis at his next town hall, when he is finished talking about dividing and conquering people on public assistance.  What are people supposed to do this winter who can’t afford to heat their homes?


  1. Frances Jenkins

    November 17, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I just read in the newspaper that job loss in education were FAR Less than had even predicited by the Republicans. Even Perdue was trying to put a spin on why the real numbers were so low. This is a resession. Why are you putting all this scare headlines up for the Democrats?

  2. david esmay

    November 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Read the article, address the topic Frances. How about doing a little research before you comment. First of all, thousands of teachers have kept their jobs this year because some districts had federal stimulus money left over and that will disappear next fall, when you will see the true impact of the NC GOTP’s regressive budget. This is the same money Tillis, Berger, and the rest of the conservative morons blasted the Democrats for using during the last two years, to keep many teachers in the classroom. In June 2012, 400 million in federal “Edu-Jobs” funding will come to an end, and more than 4,000 jobs are covered by this program. The full implications of the GOP’s actions, 800 million in cuts to education will then come fruition. Do you have kid’s in school? We do, one in elementary, and two still in college. Have you seen the condition, or dates on a text book? They cut 81 million for instructional supplies, and 181 million in text book funding alone. Tillis and Berger can’t deny or explain that they didn’t know what would happen, they wrote the budget. Read Fred Eshelman’s reaction to the cuts and proposed raises in tuition. Suddenly to come out and cry “Oh what have I wrought”, is disingenuous to say the least, and completely hollow considering these people are the architects of the future of education in NC. You, Frances, constantly bemoan the fact that, how do you put it, are poor, and didn’t receive a “golden egg” education. Now thanks to their budget, you will have plenty of company. Stop being a Pope troll. Do you have anything to say about heating oil?

  3. Jack

    November 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

    The question is “What are people supposed to do this winter … ?” Frances and people like her do not want people asking this or any other question and therefore changes the subject.

    There will be families in NC who will freeze this winter. What option do they have at this point. Their only hope in the future is to develop a plan for reconstructing the NC General Assembly a year from now. Remember those who will freeze this winter are the one’s speaker Tillis wants us to look down on. Only cold-hearted narcissi will be able to watch it happen.

  4. david esmay

    November 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    The reality Jack, and I agree with you 100% is that it’s going to be a long and painfull winter for many families in this state, and that is the NCGOTP’s strategy to not only control the legislature, but to gain control of the Governor’s mansion. It’s part of the “starve the beast” ideology proposed by the late neo-conservative Irving Kristol, and adopted by the GOP on every level of government, to create a fiscal calamity in order to shrink, or “right size” the government. It’s a very dangerous gambit, but their constituents aren’t the ones who will feel the brunt of these draconian policies. Ask anyone who works with food banks, or organizations that help those in need, demand for assistance is increasing at a rapid rate, and it’s not by accident.

  5. Jimmy

    November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    One good idea that I heard for the holiday season is for folks to stop buying so much Asian junk for presents, but instead give gift certificates from local businesses for services,meals,etc that would stimulate the local economy, and not fill up our landfills later on. Perhaps, we could give gift cards for heating oil, kerosene,etc.if someone could get that organized.

  6. david esmay

    November 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Jimmy, that’s a good idea, and many organizations, churches, salvation army, etc. are doing just that, but we can’t let guys like Tillis off the hook. I was the Akela district scouting for food chairman here in High Point for several years, 04-09, each year the demand was greater, and by 08 it was ridiculous. Cutting assistance as need increases is an insane way to govern.

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