First it was cookies, now it’s turnip greens

Pat McCrory 2Art Pope 3In a rather amazing response to the bad P.R. they’ve been receiving for their toughest-in-the-nation policies toward the poor and unemployed over the last several months, Gov. McCrory and his budget director, chain store magnate Art Pope, issued a pair of press releases today in an attempt to show what caring souls they are.

Unfortunately for both men, both statements come off as almost comically pathetic in their failure to appreciate the magnitude of the problem confronting people in need.

The Governor’s statement was probably the funniest: he announced that:

“approximately 6,700 pounds of fresh turnip greens harvested at the state prison farm at Caledonia Correctional Institution are being delivered to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.”

Gee thanks, Guv! That ought to take care of that pesky hunger problem!

Pope, meanwhile, annnounced that he would, in the proud tradition of the world’s first billionaire John D. Rockefeller and his legendary/infamous distribution of nickels and dimes to passers by on the street, dispense a whopping $185,000 from his family foundation (almost enough to hire a high-priced consultant at the Department of Health and Human Services for part of the year) to smattering of worthy causes.

In case you were wondering, the twin decisions of the McCrory administration to decline federally-funded emergency unemployment insurance benefits and Medicaid expansion under the Afordable Care Act will cost the state literally billions of dollars in funds that could have helped hundreds of thousands of people, saved thousands of lives and stimulated the state’s economy.   

Enjoy your turnip greeens and canned beans, folks. 



  1. Alex

    October 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Unfortunately Rob, the Federal government doesn’t have the money for this Medicaid expansion, and will have to borrow it, and our children will have to pay it back at some point. In fact , the government can’t even pay for the current load of entitlements, and has to borrow 32 cents of very dollar we spend. It’s a sad situation.

  2. david esmay

    October 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    And the reason why Alex? The GOP went on a borrow and spending spree that lasted 32 years instead of paying as you go.

  3. James Protzman

    October 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    It’s time to raise taxes. None of the problems Alex is talking about would be problems if we got our tax rates into line with what other civilized countries have.

    There are two sides to the balance sheet. Why is one of them off limits?

  4. Susan

    October 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Alex, David, James, all: “Every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $11.26 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.”


  5. Susan

    October 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  6. Alex

    October 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I believe we raised taxes significantly last year James ! Here’s a number that scares me ! We incur $ 1.67 BILLION Dollars of additional deficit each day in this country. Run that number for the next 10 years and it is staggering.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    October 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Never fear, Senator Hagan has just announced she is in favor of delaying parts of the ACA. Go Kay we love you!!!

  8. George

    October 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    The budget deficit has been falling rapidly. The national debt is no problem at all at this time. Interest rates are near zero and so are inflation rates. The U.S. would actually prosper by spending money on improving our citizen’s health.

    It’s funny how so-called conservatives have no concerns about huge debts for wars, then have fainting spells when money is spent on the health of working people who can’t afford health insurance. Contrary to certain predictions, the Iraq war did not pay for itself. If you weren’t complaining about the cost of the Iraq war, please don’t complain about the cost of Medicaid expansion. Don’t complain about Unemployment insurance costs. It just might appear to be hypocritical.

  9. david esmay

    October 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Where and who’s taxes were raised significantly Alex?

  10. Alex

    October 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I can’t believe you’re asking that david ! Where have you been ?

  11. HI McDonough

    October 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Alex, we’re still waiting for an answer….

  12. gregflynn

    October 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

    The federal deficit peaked in 2009. It has dropped since then and is projected to continue to drop.

  13. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Increase in taxes????? I guess Alex is living inside the Faux News information vacuum.

    Looks like the Civitas interns are in full misinformation mode today, with the usual lack of data…

  14. NitWitCharmer

    October 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm



  15. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Not charity, hypocrisy.

  16. LayintheSmakDown

    October 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    So…..$185,000 is approximately how much more than how many of the people writing these eviceratioin posts has contributed to the needy?

    And there is nothing wrong with turnip greens, and again how much more than the average reader/poster on this site has contributed?

  17. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    LSD, you’re sounding way too defensive of your employer…

    EEEK!! Another Civitas funded troll comment.

  18. NitWitCharmer

    October 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Alan said:

    EEEK!! Another Civitas funded troll comment.

    Troll?? Funded??

    Actually I find charity charming and those who would deride it unAmerican.

    Is there a form of charity that you would deem acceptable?

  19. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm


    Do I need to keep track of everything/everyone you deem unAmerican? McCarthy would be proud of you.

  20. Alex

    October 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  21. NitWitCharmer

    October 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    History informs us that McCarthy was right.

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