Arrgghh…right-wing ship’s captain spins a yarn

The head of the Locke Foundation must have some Patrick O’Brian novels on his summer reading list this year. How else to explain today’s column in which readers are subjected to a lengthy and tortured series of seafaring analogies to explain the recently adjourned legislative session?

Not that we should object to the man finding some new way, any way, to spice up his column. Good lord, he writes a helluva lot of them — even if they usually are all variations on the same theme: Government and taxes – bad; The “market” – divine; Me – really, really smart.

One sentence in todays’ exercise in nautical nonsense, however, caught my eye as an especially absurd bucketful of rhetorical bilge water:

“According to Democrats and the Left, North Carolina was in shipshape condition and headed in the right direction before those dastardly Republicans took power.”  

How do you say “liar, liar, pants on fire” on a boat?

First of all, to claim that the Democrats — the party that has long reserved prominent roles for people like Jim Crawford, Bill Owens and any number of ultra-conservative businessmen — is the same as “the Left” is just ridiculous.  

Second, to claim that “the Left” — if it even exists in 2012 — thought the state was “in shipshape condition” prior  to the Tillis/Berger takeover is equally absurd. While it’s true that many progressives did not think it a bad thing that North Carolina was home to better schools, a more progressive tax code and better public infrastructure than Mississippi or Alabama, this does not translate into a view that they thought everything here was fine.

To the contrary, progressives have been complaining about and documenting for years the innumerable ways in which the author and his market fundamentalist, anti-government colleagues (as well as the numerous conservative Democrats with whom they’ve frequently aligned themselves) have been retarding growth and progress in North Carolina. 

Sure, things could have been worse prior to 2011 as far as progressives (and anyone with a brain) were concerned, but to claim that such a view means that “the Left” thought everything was “shipshape” at that time is  to fire a broadside that misses by a nautical mile (to the starboard, naturally).    




  1. Hmmm

    July 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm


    Still yourself. Then go look in the mirror, pretend for a moment this was about your many many repetitive blogs (which I tend to agree with) and take a deep breath. Finally delete this silly little tantrum of a post.

  2. Nonanonymous

    July 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

    It’s “Arrr”, not “Argh”, Charlie Brown.

    Liberals = Irrelevant, just ask Bev “How do you Do?” Perdue

  3. Rob Schofield

    July 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Gee whiz. Thanks for the comments guys.

    Ms./Mr. Hmmm: Believe me, I am acutely aware of the numerous instances in which the things I do and say come up short and take many deep breaths related to this reality each day. Perhaps you would do well to urge Mr. Hood to do likewise.

    And Non, the fact that you consider Perdue a “liberal” shows just how poorly you understood the post or the reality it was illuminating. I also appreciate your efforts at serving as pirate police, but even a 10-second web search reveals that there are innurmerable folks and institutions that prefer the spelling for this made up “word” that is used in the heading for this post. Chill, dude. :)

    Bottom line: Sorry my modest little effort at humor and a gentle retort made such an impact that it inspired you both to go to all the trouble of publishing unkind and bravely anonymous comments on our blog. At least good ol’ Frank Burns has the guts not to hide behind a pseudonym when he says something personal.

    At some point, I hope you both find the courage to express your views and accept criticism under your actual names.

    Have a nice weekend.

  4. Alex

    July 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Sounds pretty much like Obama trying to spin this lousy economy !

  5. david esmay

    July 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Sounds like the Rombot spin on failed Righty-Con policies; let’s revisit.
    Shedding 750k jobs per month.
    Stock market 6800
    GDP shrinking at a rate of -6.8%
    GOP answer, run a very wealthy man whose main interest is cutting his own taxes and those of the 1% around him. Run a man for president who wants to spend 5 trillion more on tax cuts for top earners and corporations while cutting education and refusing to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Run a man for president who proposes to cut programs for those who need it most and double defense spending. A man who leads a party that is unconcerned about the poor, the uninsured, or the struggling middle-class, but is very concerned about convincing us that 12 years of historically low tax rates haven’t been enough for so called “job creators” to feel safe and secure enough to hire people. A party who is willing to make the the poor and middle class pay for any spending, by cutting programs they may use and depend on, but refuse to ask top earners to contribute. Sounds like the GOP trying to spin their massive failures.

  6. ncvoter

    July 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I find myself tired of reading John Hood’s popeaganda in my local paper and I agree he has only one message, but I don’t blame people for being anonymous on sites… there are some whackos out there and who wants their real identity available to someone who might feel threatened enough to Zimmerman them—

  7. Alex

    July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    David has yet to explain why unemployment was 4% during the Bush years, and everyone could find a real job if they wanted one. Compare that to today and case closed !

  8. gregflynn

    July 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Under Bush unemployment went from 4% to 8% and rising.

  9. Alex

    July 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    That’s totally wrong Greg ! You’ve been listening to Esmay too long !

  10. Doug

    July 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    20 million new jobs were created during the Reagan presidency, unemployment dropped to 5.5%, and GNP rose 26%. Contrast that with the Obama years !

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