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Failure of eugenics comp rightfully assailed

No media outlet in the state has more forcefully and consistently advanced the cause of eugenics victims than the Winston-Salem JournalThis morning’s editorial tells the truth once more about the state’s shameful failure and, in particular, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s pig-headed and mean-spirited stance as THE roadblock to justice.

Hope you’re feeling especially proud this morning, Phil.

5 Comments

  1. Rev. Carl Johnson

    July 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Berger is a racist tool and an embarrassment to most NC citizens.

  2. Alex

    July 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Why was this not an urgent issue for previous Democratic legislatures ? They could have certainly passed it with a majority..

  3. Rob Schofield

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Because those previous legislatures screwed up!

    But that’s no excuse for the current legislature which went to such great lenghts to hold new hearings and then to actually pass it through the House. It just makes them look that much worse because they can’t pretend that they really hadn’t studied it or understood it (like past G.A.’s).

  4. Alex

    July 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    That’s a very weak argument Rob especially when the economy was much better than it is now. If it was the “right thing to do ” as Obama says, it would have been undertaken. They simply didn’t want to bring attention to something that had been done under the previous Democratic watch years before. Now it’s simply an opportunistic time to hammer the other side, and grab some political points.

  5. gregflynn

    July 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Attention was brought to bear particularly in 2003 and 2008. Bills were introduced every year until 2007 when one got traction and passed unanimously out of the House only to die in the Senate. 2008 Joe Hackney established a committee headed by Larry Womble. Based on Womble’s 2008 report compensation legislation was introduced in the House in 2009 but the $19 million never made it out of Appropriations. Perdue got the ball rolling again in 2011 and just when the issue got further than it had ever gone before, Berger stood in the way. There’s plenty of blame to go around but you can’t say that “They simply didn’t want to bring attention” to the issue. There were clearly missed opportunities. If there is an “other side” to blame it’s not Democrats or Republicans it’s the Senate that has been the main obstacle and this year Phil Berger in particular is deserving of blame.