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Lead editorial in New York Times laments NC’s decline

From this morning’s NYT:

“Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damage that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the “Moral Monday” demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the week may not be enough to contain the outrage.

In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.

The cruelest decision by lawmakers went into effect last week: ending federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 residents. Another 100,000 will lose their checks in a few months. Those still receiving benefits will find that they have been cut by a third, to a maximum of $350 weekly from $535, and the length of time they can receive benefits has been slashed from 26 weeks to as few as 12 weeks….”

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10 Comments

  1. Doug

    July 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I tell you what, if those limo libs in NY are against it….we are surely doing something right. We see the sad state of affairs we are in after decades of doing it there way, and the things we have to do to try to get the state back into a reasonable situation.

  2. Skeptic

    July 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Doug’s wrong about the merits of the policies, but his broader point is right. The NYT has a habit of telling people from far-away places, which they have never visited and know nothing about, that they know better than them how to manage their affairs. Their last target was Iraq. We saw how that turned out.

  3. ML

    July 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Admittedly, what is good for NY is not always what is good for NC but in this case it is irrelevant as the Times Editorial Board writes for a national audience as the WSJ and USA Today. So using the standard GOP “dismissal of anything liberal” is quite a mistake, especially when our new regimes primary goal is to recruit and appeal to businesses. To those reading about NC it is not a pretty sight nor is there much rhyme or reason behind the overreaching agenda of our state leaders. For a reasonable solution to exist, it requires some reason with logical debate and I wish you would explain the reasoning behind:

    1) less support for education and stagnant teacher wages
    2) refusing federal support for unemployment when only 4 states have a higher unemployment rate
    3) Sharia law bills after forgetting the constitution exists and attempting to enact christian law
    4) Abortion restrictions tacked on to sharia law bills without notice or debate
    5) Abortion restrictions tacked on to Motorcycle safety law bills without notice or debate
    6) Repeal of the Racial Justice Act
    7) Removal of public funds for judicial elections allowing for unlimited outside money for JUDGES

    None of these measures support business or economic growth but instead were simply collateral damage in the NCGA’s retributive political game. I didn’t even mention taxes but that’s because I already know the standard talking points about supply side economics…

  4. Doug

    July 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Only responding to the one of any real consequence:
    2. You know Barry/Kay et. al. could easlily have given us the reprieve of the federal law….as they have done for other states. But I am sure spite, and the hopes of sewing discord in the state played the major role in the decision not to do so. So…point is you need to clean your own house up a bit more before you point the finger.

    All your other numbers…just jibber jabber that has already proven to be just liberal straw man arguments. I am tired of laying the smack down on you guys for those points.

  5. Alex

    July 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    My guess is that some of Rob’s cronies probably wrote the article and submitted it to the NY Slimes just like they did for the school board fight.Those folks up there could care less about what’s going on in North Carolina !

  6. ML

    July 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Your point doesn’t explain the reasoning or policy behind the state’s decision. Moreover, It’s not the job of a senator to clean up after our state legislature when they changed the duration and amount of state benefits. Which is what triggered federal provisions that would cancel the federal reprieve on long-term unemployment benefits and NC is the ONLY state to trigger this. Our state leaders knew what they were doing would trigger the provisions ending federal reprieve but still did it and since that the federal government wasn’t willing to grant a waiver to the singular rogue state that managed to trigger the provisions cancelling the federal long-term provisions it’s no longer the State’s fault?

    To say Hagan and Obama could have easily given the reprieve has nothing to do with the policy decision nor is it remotely correct.

    http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Blogs/Poking-the-Hornets-Nest/July-2013/How-North-Carolina-Might-Rescue-Itself/index.php?previewmode=on

    PS let’s pretend like I’m stupid and explain just one liberal straw man argument for the others? I don’t seem to understand the repeal of the racial justice act when it has been proven in multiple cases that racism played a prominent role in the sentencing. Death penalty or not, taking away an innocent person’s liberty is not joke, putting them to death is appalling. I don’t see the straw man??

  7. Jack

    July 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I think the phrase you were looking for is “couldn’t care less.” The phrase “could care less” indicates that there remains some caring on the part of those folks.

    Also, there should not be a space between the last word of a sentence and the punctuation mark. For example: “Those folks up there couldn’t care less about what’s going on in North Carolina!”

  8. Doug

    July 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Alex,
    I did not think of that…but it is highly unlikely those limo libs are actually concerned with NC so the ghost editorialist is probably one of Rob’s cronies. Good catch.

  9. ML

    July 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    That’s why it was the editorial board’s lead editorial…because they could care less.

  10. david esmay

    July 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm