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.