A National Model for Shame

When I was a child, I told myself that I would be a better parent than my own. Maturity, experience and education allowed me the opportunity to learn about child development and thus improve my parenting skills. The aging process has also allowed me to recognize that my parents taught me valuable lessons in ethics, manners and a desire for social justice.

Republicans in the NC General Assembly refuse to see any value in the people and the policies of the Democrats who were in power before them. It was not all good. In my 20 years of lobbying, I observed some less-than-stellar Democratic moments. But, this is different.

I have read the phrase, "NC is a national model for..." countless times since the GOP takeover. The sentence usually ends with the news that the Republican majority is ending, defunding, repealing and/or closing whatever fills in the blank. Successful NC programs and policies that other states wish to replicate are daily being destroyed. Here are just a few examples:

1. Early childhood education (Smart Start)
2. Public financing for judicial races
3. Infant mortality reduction
4. Medicaid cost efficiency
5. Renowned public higher education system
6. The Teaching Fellows Program
7. Community college system
8. The Golden Leaf Foundation

Now, NC is a national model for ridicule and satire. How sad.

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Well said Minnie!

And this complete reversal in the fortunes of our once great state seems to coincide with the utter lack of adult supervision since 2010.

They're rolling back everything, just because they can, regardless of merit or benefit.

NC has become a national laughingstock, but unfortunately, while the rest of the nation deservedly laughs at the NCGA clowns, we here in The Old Backward State suffer.

Adult supervision is badly needed.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

This needs to be repeated

Over and over, in every county in the state, in every newspaper, blog, and TV ad.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

One other thing to add

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) would be shut down by the Senate budget.

Sen. Jim Davis, whose district includes the main NCCAT campus in Cullowhee, said that “NCCAT is a casualty of the financial times we find ourselves in. Medicaid is eating us alive.”

So are, apparently, MetLife and the Carolina Panthers.

So here's the deal. Fully fund NCCAT, SmartStart, More at Four, and the Teaching Fellows program, and I won't complain too much about the $50 surcharge I have to pay to register my 2003 Honda Civic hybrid.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

My email, just sent

...to Jim Davis and Joe Sam Queen....(Joe Sam is one of the good guys)

Gentlemen: I am becoming increasingly incensed over the proposed punishment to be meted out to those of us who drive fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. Never mind that there are many "conventional" vehicles that have fuel economy that comes close to or exceeds that of my 2003 model Honda Civic Hybrid. Never mind that motorcycles pay very little road use tax, or that bicycles pay no road use tax. Never mind that farm implements that use public roads can use untaxed fuel.

We can spend nearly $90 million in taxpayer dollars to bribe MetLife to locate here. We forgive Google, Apple, Facebook, and other extremely profitable companies sales tax on electricity - and these server farms use incredible amounts of power. But when a private citizen wants to cut their own power or gas bill by using more efficient technology - like a gas-electric hybrid powertrain for their car - we get punished for not paying enough tax.

It is said that Google's incentives for its Caldwell County facility amount to about $1 million per job. But we can't find $6 million to spend for 80 jobs at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching - investing in our children's future. What kind of crazy world is that?

North Carolina has been cited in the past as a model for the nation in:
1. Early childhood education
2. Medicaid efficiency
3. Public financing for judicial races
4. Infant mortality reduction
5. University system excellence
6. Community college excellence
7. Teaching fellows program

But since January 2011, our national claim to fame is to be the butt of jokes on late-night TV.

I can't wait for November 2014.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Nov 2014

I can barely finish any news articles about what is happening to our state these days. I hope that I'm just horribly discouraged and unable to think clearly about it, but my faith that we can right things in Nov 2014 is not strong. Our outrage over the growing stench from the General Assembly has to spread much further than among those of us who make a habit of paying attention. Most voters do not, and a substantial segment will not unless they notice the connection between the GOP/ALEC alliance and a sharp decline in their own quality of life. DOME reported recently on a "good ole boys" network, led by Etheridge, meeting to mull and ponder how to get the party back on track. I have nothing against Etheridge, but "good ole boys" isn't a phrase that inspires confidence.

Had the same reaction to the "good ole boys" network

And completely share your view on the bigger picture.

Without an "X factor" like forced redistricting, the best we will do in 2014 is win enough seats to stop R's from having supermajorities. And we'll be lucky if we achieve that. The electoral game is totally rigged.