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This quote says it all

How utterly detatched from reality is the conservative crowd running the North Carolina General Assembly? For one good indicator, check out this quote from this morning’s House Select Committee to Dismantle Early Childhood Education — it’s from State Rep. George Cleveland:

“We have nobody in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty.”

Cleveland is the same troubled soul who once told members of a legislative committee that one could identify a person as an undocumented immigrant if he has “a pair of shaggy boots on, and jeans and a t-shirt, and he’s got a straw hat on.”

Mind you, this is a man that House Speaker Thom Tillis has appointed as the chair of one committee and the vice-chair of two others! 

Tillis needs to publicly repudiate this guy now. He might also send him on a field trip to see how hundreds of thousands of his fellow North Carolinians actually live. Indeed, if he wants to come, I’m sure he’d be welcome to accompany the latest installment of the Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina — it commences tomorrow morning.

9 Comments


  1. gregflynn

    March 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Now Cleveland wants an amendment to strike the phrase “and an increasing number of children living in poverty”, while McElraft claims that poverty is not a risk factor because unemployed people can teach their kids with Phonics at home.

  2. Daphne Shepard

    March 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    What an idiot.

  3. HunterC

    March 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

    Proverbs 17:5

  4. Jack

    March 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Nearly 14% of the 177,772 people living in Onslow County are living in poverty according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau figures. I guess “extreme poverty” is up for interpretation.

  5. Jack

    March 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    As the Bible says; Thou who cureth, can maketh ill.

    Season 9, Episode 7

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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  7. Porter51

    March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    If he really believes that, I’d like to cordially invite him to visit Macon County, for a personal tour.

  8. david esmay

    March 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I believe he suffers from advanced dementia, someone should notify his family. I’m calling a silver alert.

  9. Vernon Hill

    March 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This is why” Career Politicians” are so d@@n stupid and why WE NEED TERM LIMITS…..

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