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Yesterday a large number of groups released a letter urging Governor McCrory to expand Medicaid under Obamacare to allow people making under $15,000 a year in income to get health coverage.  Our friends at Action NC have a petition for individuals to sign too urging the Governor to act on this commonsense change, paid for entirely by the federal government for the first three years (the feds pay 90% of the costs into the future).  500,000 of our fellow citizens are counting on NC to let them get quality health care for the first time on January 1, 2014.  Let’s help.

In this week’s Prosperity Watch, we analyze State Center for Health Statistics data that shows how North Carolina is still experiencing a persistent racial disparity between the life expectancy rates of white populations and those of black populations. Life expectancy serves as an important indicator of overall quality of life.

You have to hand it to modern conservatives — their cynical plan to “drown government in the bathtub” is succeeding. It works like this:

Yell and scream that government spending is “out of control” and then use the manufactured confusion and anger that results to justify big tax and spending cuts. Then, when the quality of government services plummet as a result of the cuts, yell and scream that government is inherently inefficient, wasteful and incompetent and restart the whole vicious cycle.

The saddest thing about all of this is that the underlying premise (a premise frequently parroted by well-meaning, if inattentive progressives) is all wet. Government spending in North Carolina is quite demonstrably not out of control now and has not been out of control anytime recently.

As Ed McLenghan’s post just below explains, it’s all there in the numbers.