The painful irony in Berger’s remarks

One of the early lines in Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s acceptance speech this morning after his re-election to the top post in the Senate seemed especially ironic given the week’s events. Here’s what Berger told his colleagues.

Senators, as we make tough decisions, think of the families out there struggling to make ends meet, sitting around their kitchen tables, balancing their check books, saving for retirement or a college education for their children. Think of them as we craft bills and cast votes.

That’s what Berger said Wednesday morning. Just 24 hours before,  a committee of leaders of the House and Senate approved a plan that would make the harshest cuts in the country to benefits for unemployed workers.  (Read more about the draconian proposal in Tuesday’s Fitzsimon File and today’s Weekly Briefing)

Maybe what Berger really meant is that Senators should  think about families struggling to make ends meet, and then vote to make their lives even harder by catering to the wishes of the well-connected lobbyists from the N.C. Chamber whose plan would rip new holes in the state’s tattered safety net.



  1. Arthur

    January 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Its typical Republican thinking. Just like with abortion. They don’t want to pay for abortions but they also don’t want to pay for the 18 years of care once the child is born.

  2. david esmay

    January 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    By that Berger means, how can we screw them over, reduce the quality of public education for their children and make higher education unattainable, while we fill our pockets and those of our benefactors and increase income inequality in NC.

  3. Jack

    January 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    As the economy continues its downward spiral all but upper class families will begin to envision themselves, if not already, as homeless and at the mercy of poverty.

    As safety nets are dismantled many families, some for the first time, will begin to understand that they are forgotten and left to their own devices by the very system that will create the new reality in NC.

    (Nationally the 46 per cent will grow which will lead to continued efforts by the right to further restrict access to voting.)

    The actions of the NCGA will generate an even greater downward spiral of North Carolina’s economy as the purchasing power of the family diminishes and household budgets focus on the bare essentials for day to day living. The result, many businesses will fail because the family consumer base will dwindle through attrition by a system that is being crafted by the General Assembly to support the self-interest of the few.

    The stage is being set for a bleak future for the majority of North Carolinians.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Stephanie Cutter explained the Obama playbook in the past election. Destroy Romney show him as hating the poor and not focus on Obama’s record. It is clear Chris, Rob(if he can leave a sick women with child alone) and Sarah will write daily about the evil leaders in the GA who have been bought with big money. They will ignore the stories about fraud and abuse the new administration is finding. The story of lost billions will never been told by PP,DNC NCPW . These groups are in search of truth, justice and the removal of poverty and the facts be damned.

  5. wncgirl

    January 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Why isn’t Frances over at Civitas or another one of our new state govts. funded propaganda machines spouting Anti-American rants? I am not allowed to voice an opinion on their sites… so why should she be allowed to spout ther nonsense here?

  6. david esmay

    January 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

    wncgirl, Frances is allowed to post her nonsense because NC Policy Watch is sensitive to those with mental illness. A new classification of mental illness went unnoticed in the new DSM-5 recently by mental health professionals. A rather large number of well known politicians, mostly Republican and the conservative sheeple that follow them, apparently suffer from this disability that causes them to pursue irrational goals and spout right wing nut absurdities that other same suffering politicians have pursued and not only failed, but have been ridiculed beyond belief. Scientists who have studied the phenomenon are certain it is connected to a particular gnome, they designate as STUPID #101. Frank, Alex, Doug(same person as Alex, different personality), Frances, Frances Jenkins( probably Alex in virtual drag), all carry this gnome.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    We might need a come to Jesus meeting. You are over the top and out of line. May God have mercy on your soul for making fun of people.

  8. david esmay

    January 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Frances, I don’t live my life based on the irrational fear of an imaginary sky daddy. You have been the source of innumerable disparaging comments and absurd observations, therefore you are open to the same.

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