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Guv tries to talk moderate but govern from the far right

Rob Christensen of Raleigh’s News & Observer has an interesting column today in which he points out that North Carolina’s new governor is still “undefined” after last night’s State of the State address/chat/ad lib sound bite recitation.

“The State of the State speech – where governors usually lay out their programs – did not provide much of a clue to whether we are going to get Mayor Pat or Conservative McCrory.

McCrory said little Monday night that he had not previously said – promising to focus on improving the economy, education and government efficiency. He described himself as an “Eisenhower Republican,” which most people take to mean a moderate – although in this case he used it in the context of long-term road building.”

Unfortunately, McCrory’s actions are speaking much louder and clearer than his muddled public pronouncements. This morning, for instance, the Governor will sign a disastrous bill dictated in secret by business lobbyists that will roll back decades of modest progress in the state’s most important anti-poverty/middle class preservation program — unemployment insurance.

And in keeping with the Governor’s desire to keep having it both ways (i.e. to preserve the illusion that he is somehow an “Eisenhower Republican” while governing like a Newt Gingrich Republican) he will sign the bill in his office without any public ceremony. Actually, it’s a fitting finale for this execrable legislation — a secret, behind-closed-doors signing for a measure that was developed behind closed doors, passed without opportunity for meaningful public comment and whisked through the General Assembly in record time.

5 Comments


  1. david esmay

    February 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    If he’s an Eisenhower republican, does this mean deputy assistant governor McCrory is for higher income taxes and investing in infrastructure and education?

  2. Jack

    February 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Speaking of road building – The NC Department of Transportation has signed off on a project to widen I-40. From the NC DOT website: “This project is necessary to widen I-40 from 4 to 6 lanes from west of Wade Avenue (State Road 1728) to east of the Jones Franklin Road (S.R. 5039) bridge in order to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in one of the most heavily congested areas in the Triangle.”

    In the Triangle I-40 resembles a slow moving parking lot during morning and afternoon rush hours and their going to enlarge the lot. By the time the project is completed there will be 7,000 plus more people living in Wake county to fill the additional lanes.

  3. Jack

    February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Correction to the above: … there will be 70,000 plus more people living in Wake county to fill the additional lanes.

  4. Douglas Johnston

    February 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    You like throwing away money? Bailouts? People not being accountable for their own choices. The Governor seems to support these things.

    He says NO to the economic benefits of unemployment insurance to our State.
    He says NO to new jobs and the opportunity to return to old jobs for those who are laid off.
    He says NO to extended benefits which returns our tax dollars from Washington to cover the costs.
    It’s money Gov. McCrory is throwing away.
    For what? So business can have its cake and eat it too.
    It’s a bailout to business to avoid the cost now of their past choices to cut their rates for unemployment insurance that caused the current insolvency.

    Pat says, “Let’s don’t borrow from Washington.”
    Okay. But let’s make business responsible to get out of the hole they dug for themselves.

    Is Pat a businessman or business’s man?

    Pat’s no businessman. But worse, is he our man or his business supporters’ man?

  5. […] Governor McCrory likes to think and talk about himself as an “Eisenhower Republican.”  […]

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