McCrory misses another memo

McCrory11092012Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” And right now, it appears that one of ol’ Tip’s leading disciples is Governor Pat McCrory. How else to explain the Guv’s repeated decisions to ignore national trends and double-down on far right policies that seem sure to alienate important constituencies to which his own party is trying to build bridges?

Last month, McCrory was doing his best to thumb his nose at the unemployed, the uninsured and the health care industry generally with his decisions to turn down billions in federal unemployment insurance and Medicaid dollars. He’s already made clear he has no real interest in reaching out to the African-American community with his statements of support for a mandatory voter ID law.

And now, in a move that is more symbolic than substantive, he has given a big raspberry to another community that national Republicans had been trying to court in the wake of last November’s presidential election by announcing that he’s closing the state’s Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

The office was tiny and cost the state next to nothing so there’s obviously no fiscal rationale for the decision. The only possibility that makes any political sense is that McCrory and his people have simply “run the numbers” and decided that Hispanic/Latino voters in North Carolina remain sufficiently small in number that there will be more near-term political benefit from throwing another bone to the nutty, anti-immigrant members of the Guv’s local political base than trying to follow the national GOP trend of reaching out to immigrants.

We’ll see if this works. Jess George of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte told the McClatchy newspapers that:

“The message from Raleigh is that Latinos in North Carolina don’t matter. To close the office of Hispanic affairs only goes to confirm what many people suspect in our state, which is that, despite movement with the Republican Party at the national level towards more bipartisan solutions around comprehensive immigration reform, North Carolina conservatives don’t seem to have gotten the same memo.”

For now, however, it appears that McCrory has decided that the short-term benefits of throwing in with the anti-immigrant Right and further isolating his party outweigh that long-term benefits of acknowledging North Carolina’s fast-changing demographic reality.


  1. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    McCrory is actaully following the trends in NC, see no matter what you say here this state is a Red state (not the communist type you would like) with huge support for Conservative ideals. Just look at most of the polls that take a statistical sample and you will see.

    And as far as a tiny office that cost almost nothing, it likely did almost nothing as well. This is a good move in taking one more racist department out of the government, we need all of these types of programs to go away so that our government can stop choosing based solely on the color of one’s skin.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    March 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Rob missed fair and balanced when he wrote this article.

  3. jlp75

    March 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Red is right Doug. With several moves to limit the vote, extreme gerrymandering and intrusion into democratically elected local governments, I would say we are looking more like Red China than the Red, White and Blue USA. One party rule is exactly what the “communist type” of Red looks like. Hopefully freedom loving North Carolinians will come out and vote in 2014 and 2016. The fact that they stayed home in 2010 is the reason we are stuck with these Reds in the General Assembly.

  4. gregflynn

    March 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

    If McCrory had filled the position he might not have wasted his political capital on pink stripes.

  5. love my state

    March 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    just follow the money… this administration has ALEC all over it, and Art Pope is just delivering Pat and NC for the Koch brothers.

  6. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Yeah….right. The donkey party has pretty much perfected everything you list over the years. How about we list the abuses. Jim Black, Mike Easley, Deb Perdue, Kevin Geddings, Meg Phipps….these are just the corrupt people who have had or shoudl have had trials for corruption and fraud so far. Gerrymandering….well I think the 12th district for US house is a textbook case of such. Oh, and how about you compare prevous democrat drawn NC district maps….really not much difference there other than it achieved a result that you probably agreed with and overlooked at the time. Meanwhile, good luck on your hope but demographics are not in your favor since we are a pretty conservative state even with the democrat population.

    Oh, and remember to stop throwing stones when you have a glass house. Your argument in shreds all over the floor is hard to clean up when that happens.

  7. jlp75

    March 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    And I doubt you will find anyone on this site that would support any Democrat that broke the law. If they broke the law, they should go to jail, end of story. You may want to look within your own party. The longer they are in power, the more corrupt they will become. I am sure it will only be a matter of time before one of them finds themselves in a cell as well. Remember Stephen LaRoque? I didn’t notice him in your list.

  8. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, and while you are raising alarm on this Latino office you forgot to mention that it is being consolidated in with another department…..that did similar duties. You see you don’t really need multiple departments or offices doing exactly the same thing just to have a specific name on the door to make one group feel good that they have an office to go to.

  9. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I am not saying that the GOP’s stuff may not stink at some point, I am just pointing out who perfected the practices here in NC. I also did not put Richard Morgan in the mix either….but two for eight issues is 25% so we can asses 25% of the vitriol to the right. I am sure this web site will take ownership of that percentage and add in plenty of extra effort while not exercising the law of Ignorance of Liberalism.

  10. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    lacking the abiliy to edit the post….last sentece should read while exercising the Law of Ignorance of Liberalism.

  11. david esmay

    March 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Doug, name one conservative idea that worked. Never mind, there aren’t any.

  12. Doug

    March 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I will if you can do the same for a lib idea…….oh heck, I don’t have that much time since you will not be able to name one

    Ok, so here is the definition of conservative : political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes, also associated with the founding freedoms in the US

    Conservative ideas are what got our country where it is with the individual freedoms that were lacking in the world before the US came about, so lets start with capitalism. The economic situation that exists has been purely based on the conservative idea that the individual freedom (without undue government intervention I might add) to pursue your dreams builds a better society.

    How about freedom of speech? You are able to post your gibberish on this blog due to the Conservative freedoms instilled by the founding fathers. Your commie buddies are well known for squelching freedom of speech and controlling media…like the current lamestream media.

    Freedom to bear arms, guns are what won the Wild West.

    To the contrary, liberalism would be the support of the radical changes which are what have gotten our country to the cesspool it is today with the belief that government is the panacea for all ills, the total lack of morals in any situation, and the general undermining of our society into a state where we will be morally and financially bankrupt in no time.

  13. Emma

    March 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    If the founding fathers were conservative then we would still be British subjects.

    Just a few liberal ideas that shaped this country…an end to slavery, women’s suffrage, child labor laws, minimum wage, social security, veteran benefits. Unbridled capitalism destroys everything it touches.
    Question authority Doug, break free from the epistemic closure and come into the light.

  14. Jeff S

    March 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Doug, you need to spend a considerable bit more time with some history books.

    Although I suppose arbitrarily labeling everything you like conservative is the easy way to make your point. It only leaves you looking foolish when you trot those theories out in public.

  15. david esmay

    March 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Doug, the guys who wrote the Constitution were all liberals. All of the progress in our society is based on liberal ideas. The only results that can be attributed to conservative ideas were the great depression, the great recession, unemployment, increased debt and deficits.

  16. jlp75

    March 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Doug has just proven to be another ignorant conservative who doesn’t know what Communism is. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone on this site that is advocating Communism. Perhaps you need to look up that definition while you’re at it. Most of us are only interested in equal opportunity not equal outcomes. The current system based on “conservative” principles is all about stacking the deck for those at the top, creating an environment of wealth redistribution from the bottom to the top. This is what we want to come to an end. Pure capitalism left unchecked can be a destructive force. That is where government should step in to be the referee and make sure everyone plays by the same rules. A well regulated capitalism is what the US has had for decades and served us very well until “conservative” principles stepped in to systematically remove the very regulations that let pure greed wreck our economy while George W. Bush and friends drove us off a cliff.

  17. Doug

    April 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

    1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
    2. ( often initial capital letter ) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.


    Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless[1][2] and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.[3] This movement, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the “socialist world” (socialist states ruled by communist parties) and the “western world” (countries with capitalist economies).[4]

    This definition looks a lot like what I see on this site. All this government should be the provider of choice for everything….the free market does not work…all classes need to be equal through confiscating the means of production. You need to think about it. You may not overtly promote, but it is behind the scenes of your progressive movement.

    And as far as the founding fathers, what they set up was not as radical as you may think. Many of the principles had been in existence for thousands of years. We just had the means to separate from the empire. What was set up here closely resembled a lot of the Judeo-Christian societies that had existed. My view is the founding fathers were correct, and would be willing to rebel against this monstrous nanny-state we currently have.

    Maybe you guys need to look at history….most societies fail at the point of bloat we currently are at…just look at Europe for where we are headed.

  18. jlp75

    April 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

    And none of what you have found in your definitions is anything that I have advocated for. I will not speak for anyone else, but I have a feeling they haven’t advocated for it either. You can try to put words in peoples mouths all you want, however it does not seem to align with reality. Nearly everyone agrees that markets are an efficient means to move goods and services. What I and many others believe however, is that a totally free unrestricted market lends itself to abuse and corruption resulting in an unlevel playing field where those with the most can fleece those with the least. Sports competitions have regulators in the form of referees and umpires because without these the games would lack spectators due to the stronger opponents dominating the field on a consistent basis. A market without restrictions and safe guards would lack participants because anyone with any amount of intelligence would not wish to engage in commerce when they have no confidence in the good faith of the player on the other side of the transaction.

    It is quite ironic though that your definition basically proved my original premise. “…totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party”. Sounds exactly like what the GOP is attempting to put in place. I rest my case.

  19. Doug

    April 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Well then we shall exclude you in your little bubble of noncommitance jlp. You associating with the progressive side should give you pause when considering what their foundation is.

  20. jlp75

    April 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I like to look at issues from many different perspectives. Both parties are broken and out of line with the everyday American. You and those like you appear to live in a very simplistic world where everything a Democrat does is wrong and everything a Republican does is right. I challenge you to question and scrutinize those on your side just as much or more than those on your side. No one person or party has all the answers, nor do either have a monopoly on bad ideas. Since the GOP has risen to power in this state, I do have to admit that in my opinion there has been a steady supply of bad ideas. When the Democrats were in charge they also had plenty of bad ideas and people on this site never hesitated to call them out when the felt it appropriate to do so. I will chose to associate with whomever I desire and need no caution from you. No one here has advocated for Communism and for you to twist peoples’ words to fit your definition is naive at best and disingenuous at worst. I have no way of knowing your motivation, though I could surely speculate, so I will leave that for you to decide.

  21. Emma

    April 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    @jlp75, well said on both posts. @Doug, good luck in your job as a perception management technician in the misinformation bubble.

  22. Doug

    April 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I do not believe everything a Republican does is right maybe just 70% is right. Now as far as Dems….maybe about 30% could be right and that is pushing it. Now we differ on the ideas, when you have to re-do what ~100 years of mis-management you are going to upset the status quo. Fortunately they have us going down the right path and you just have to give it some time instead of hysterically calling them bad ideas constantly. Heck, back 10-25 years ago there were some good Dem ideas put in. Unfortunately .through Hunt2, Ealsly, Perdue, Black et. al. they destroyed things like our good roads by moving funds to their corrupt means, and destroyed public schools with their progressive shemes.

  23. jlp75

    April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    There is not enough information to determine if we are on the “right path”. Many decisions good or bad take years or even decades to take significant effect. When Republicans are the minority, they slam every Democratic action as bad. Why would you expect any different now that the shoe is on the other foot? The duty of the minority party is to fight the majority tooth and nail and work towards compromise when ever possible.

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