Gov. McScrooge has stolen Christmas

Gov McScrooge and his equally scroogy spokesman have messed up Christmas for thousands of North Carolinians. This statement was issued by the Gov's spokesman, Rick Martinez, following last night's very successful Moral Monday march in Raleigh. (emphasis is mine)

“We are fortunate that Governor McCrory chose not to expand Obamacare given how disastrous the rollout has been. Instead, Governor McCrory is working to strengthen the economy so more North Carolinians can earn a paycheck instead of hoping for a government check. If you disagree with that concept, then you are going to disagree with most of the entrepreneurial innovations Governor McCrory has and will continue to implement to get more North Carolinians back to work.”

The last sentence appears to be an omen of what to expect over the next three years. This administration ran for office based on bringing jobs to NC, yet turned down the biggest opportunity yet for job creation, expansion of the Medicaid program. The few hundreds of jobs coming to our state that have been so celebrated by the administration pale in comparison to what we have lost, not only in jobs, but in state tax revenue and a growth of state domestic product. Refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid has cut growth potential in our state.

A study by the Amherst, Mass.-based economic analysis and research group Regional Economic Models Inc. recently concluded that because we have not expanded Medicaid:

"North Carolina, for example, would not pick up an estimated 25,000 new jobs, not add $1.7 billion to the annual state domestic product and not reap $70 million in additional annual state taxes.... The analysis looked at years 2014 through 2021. The total employment impact would spike at 25,684 additional jobs in 2016, and the state would gain $11 billion in domestic product in those eight years, concludes the study."

That's 25,000 jobs, not 2,500. A real loss in jobs, brought to us by the man who once said,

"I came to the governor’s office a few short months ago with a sense of urgency and resolve to put North Carolinians back to work..."

We have missed $70 million in state revenue. And the tax plan put into effect by our governor actually reduces the amount of revenue available for public investments by $650 million annually.

Gov. McScrooge, indeed.


Bah! Humbug!

Says Gov. McScrooge to the $2 billion (that's BILLION with a 'B') and 25K jobs (many times more than the dozen or two he tweets about every so often) that he left on the table, just to prove that he hates Obama.

It's the height of hypocrisy to state that he's strengthening the economy and creating jobs as his response to stupidly and stubbornly refusing the thing that would be a major economic and employment boon.

I bet he roots for Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life".

"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

Jobs coming to NC

With so many photo-ops about McCrory bringing jobs to NC and so many instances that he cites to show how he is doing that, don't we need to get the proof out that he has stopped so many jobs from coming into our state? There is nothing more devastating to a politician that lies to his electorate than proof of it being wrong.

I Call B.S.

"Instead, Governor McCrory is working to strengthen the economy so more North Carolinians can earn a paycheck instead of hoping for a government check".

So Rick & Pat, who's cutting your check??

The sad truth is, lots of *companies* are paying to play... Dems were (are) notorious for this too...

I *think* the conversation that never matured in my many, many years in NC is not allowing alternative political parties the ability to gather and vote.. Conversation for another day but "me thinks" we are paying the price for that now...

Happy Holidays!

And a new study from the Rand

And a new study from the Rand Corporation states:

If 14 states decide not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act as intended by their governors, those state governments collectively will spend $1 billion more on uncompensated care in 2016 than they would if Medicaid is expanded.

Time to Take Back Christmas

Friends, it's time to take back Christmas from McScrooge. In fact, it's well past the time that we not only take back the state house, but it's time to take back our Congressional Districts as well.

We pay Congressional Reps $176K a year to represent our interest at the Federal Level, but that does not relieve them of their responsibilities to their constituents in their districts and in this great state.

While McScrooge or should we refer to him as McStooge and his "band of brothers" in the state house tramples on the rights of the citizens of North Carolina, many of our Congressional Representatives stand by silently and allow this injustice to go on. I fully understand that Congressional Representatives and Senators can do little when it comes to state politics, but their voices, their presence, and their political influence could help. It damn sure couldn't hurt. Where are they?

Even the Charlotte Observer

Even the Charlotte Observer had a comment on this issue. In an editorial they said,

But the statement swung and missed in a bigger way with its insistence that Medicaid expansion and economic growth are opposing forces. They’re not. Study upon study shows that expanding Medicaid spurs economic activity in states by injecting new money (and new jobs) into the health sector and other sectors. One study by Massachusetts-based Regional Economic Models estimated that North Carolina could add 25,000 new jobs by accepting the federal Medicaid dollars.

Scott Mooneyham of the Daily

Scott Mooneyham of the Daily Reflector comments:

For McCrory, it didn’t take long for him to find himself in the rough-and-tumble of Raleigh politics.

It came as state lawmakers considered legislation to block the expansion of Medicaid in the state as part of larger national health care reform.

The McCrory administration initially asked legislators to take a slow approach to the proposal to block expansion, so that all the implications could be sorted out. When they ignored the request, the governor jumped on board, justifying the decision not to expand coverage for the health insurance program for the poor by referring to the existing program as “broken.”

Doctors, hospitals and other health care providers were especially critical of the decision.

The expansion was a portion of larger changes that included some contraction within the Medicare program for the senior population. The Medicaid expansion, meanwhile, was to be picked up completely by the federal government within the first three years, with state government paying only 10 percent in the years after.

The decision to block Medicaid expansion, with the accompanying contraction of Medicare, would mean billions less for the state’s health care economy, supporters argued.