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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

North Carolina Leads The Nation In Shame!

North Carolina Governor and GOP legislature show exactly why voters should be aware. They cut unemployment payments!!!

One might think voters in the US South will one day realize the serious social errors in their ways.  They consistently vote for candidates who clearly value 'business' over the rights and well-being of human constituents.  Many southern voters are fully socially paradigm (ed) and delivered as reliably 'in the bag for the GOP. Factually speaking, the GOP need not deploy their General Election "southern strategy" across those "in the bag states." The  strategy serves to frighten and fire-up borderline voters who might dare vote Democratic.  The strategy is easily and regularly enacted via commonly used 'code' and dog-whistles (e.g. welfare, urban, BLAH people, et al).  

A quick look at a far-right wing militia web page shows the potential for well orchestrated GOP campaign strategy. I  state before posting,  the site developers must have tracked deeply into 2012 Karl Rove, Dick Morris and the Rassmussen and Gallup polling.

Red states blue states map
Romney projected to win 320 electoral votes to 218.


Fortunately, and with exception for Texas, blue states are those with the highest levels of population.  Thus, states with more voters. 

State elections, however, are fertile ground for all things conservative; even in blue states.  While North Carolina is far from consideration as a blue state, it falls squarely in the Southern voting belt.  The state has a long history of Democratic Governors and actually shares very little social connection with its neighbor state: South Carolina. The newly elected Governor of North Carolina has taken a Draconian step that will surely drive the state to consideration of gubernatorial return to the Democratic Party. 

Governor Pat McCrory signed his second piece of legislation since winning the gubernatorial seat in last fall elections.  The unfortunate unemployed in North Carolina will effective July, 1, receive moderately less life-sustaining unemployment payments. 

Huffington Post

Pat McCrory, North Carolina GOP Governor, Signs Law Slashing Unemployment Benefits

(signed into law).....a measure that will cut benefits for jobless workers by about one-third and reduce how long they can collect any aid in a state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country.  
The Republican governor said the legislation, the second bill he has signed since taking office at the start of the year, marked an important step toward fixing the state's unemployment insurance system.  
The overhaul will allow North Carolina to repay $2.5 billion borrowed from the federal government for unemployment benefits at a quicker pace.  
The law, which takes effect on July 1, cuts maximum weekly benefits to $350 from $535 and caps benefits at 12 to 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate, instead of the current 26 weeks.  
McCrory said the measure "will protect our small businesses from continued over-taxation, ensure our citizens' unemployment safety net is secure and financially sound for future generations, and help provide an economic climate that allows job creators to start hiring again."
Read critics reaction     

We find the governor's actions reprehensible with full recognition the legislation moved to his office from state legislators. We realize such and anticipated the results posted below.


2013–2014 composition

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
End of Previous Legislature526801200
Latest voting share35.8%64.2%


North Carolina House Officers
SpeakerThom TillisRepublican
Speaker pro temporePaul StamRepublican
Majority LeaderEdgar V. StarnesRepublican
Majority WhipMike HagerRepublican
Deputy Majority WhipsPat McElraftRepublican
James L. Boles, Jr.Republican
Republican Conference LeaderRuth SamuelsonRepublican
Republican Freshman LeaderRick CatlinRepublican
Republican Freshman WhipDean ArpRepublican
Minority LeaderLarry D. HallDemocratic
Deputy Minority LeaderMichael WrayDemocratic
Minority WhipsWinkie WilkinsDemocratic
Susan C. FisherDemocratic
Rosa GillDemocratic
Deborah K. RossDemocratic
Marvin LucasDemocratic

MSNBC, The Ed Show

The GOP is the party of the South. Despite a long history of Democratic Governors , the new law is indicative of what takes place when citizens make the grievous mistake of turning certain governmental bodies over to the GOP. 

The Governor and his GOP legislature have taken steps as "friends of business" at the expense of people who actually cast voters. Alas, I am remiss. Businesses pay taxes (hopefully), and due to Citizens United contribute to political campaigns. 

I also recall significant American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) work in the state and I recall reports of the Koch Brothers meddling in one North Carolina Education System. The "meddling" had a side effect that resulted in potential or actual school segregation Why would two of the nation's wealthiest conservative libertarians have so much interest in North Carolina. 

I could speculate the Kochs and ALEC have been successful in North Carolina. Has North Carolina been converted to a reliable GOP Red State?

As Ed Schultz stated, "this is what you voted for North Carolina". 

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