Skip to comments.[NY Times Editorial] The Decline of North Carolina
Posted on 07/10/2013 5:42:47 AM PDT by Zakeet
Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damage that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the Moral Monday demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the week may not be enough to contain the outrage.
In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.
The cruelest decision by lawmakers went into effect last week: ending federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 residents. Another 100,000 will lose their checks in a few months. Those still receiving benefits will find that they have been cut by a third, to a maximum of $350 weekly from $535, and the length of time they can receive benefits has been slashed from 26 weeks to as few as 12 weeks.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
We think that you Right Wing Nuts are doing grotesque damage to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate!
Let me get this straight, the NYT actually thinks that North Carolina is declining?
And perhaps that New York is ascending?
You clowns are pretty close to having a Weiner as mayor of teh city...after having a d*ck as mayor.
The democrats create the need, and anyone who tries to undo later it is a cruel hearted b*stard.
Not a single care in the world for the people who have to pay for the progressives bribes to the 'less fortunate'.
I am soooooo glad that the nyt reminded me of the job of republicrats is to kill the poor at every chance they get. Repubs are such an intolerant bunch unlike the demokkkrats who just love everybody and everything. That is just as long as you agree with them. What a load of crap.
“Least fortunate” never seems to apply to abortion though, eh?
Are these the same ‘least fortunate’ that still have a roof over their heads, A/C, a car, cell phone(s), video game consoles, ‘free’ food/medical/education, etc., etc, etc.??
Seems to me, it’s the taxpayers that are the least FORTUNATE, as they get their paychecks docked by FORCE OF GOV’T. to pay for these ‘least fortunate’
It’s a good morning. The NY Times is unhappy.
The Left is just angry because they thought had captured North Carolina forever because it voted for Obama in 2008 — and like Muslims, they believe once they have conquered a land, it’s theirs forever. They view North Carolina like the jihadists view Spain and Portugal. It’s forever a mark of failure that drives them crazy. This is why the ACLU is suing North Carolina over passing a constitutional amendment supporting traditional marriage. I say hooray for conservatism in North Carolina. Long may it live. To hell with the New York Slimes! To hell with the Left!
To a socialist "progress" means "increased socialism". "Decline" and "going backwards" means "reduced socialism".
It's very clear when you're able to decode their words.
Moocher Monday is a big deal with my liberal friends but they can’t keep that up forever. The articles reeks of “We are losing our free government money”.
Employment has actually increased since the Republicans took over.
I am curious as to how NC (a state) can end Federal unemployment benefits.
Hahahahaha! Freep you and the mad cow you rode in on, New York Times.
May the NY Times remain a third-rate fishwrap and a fourth-rate birdcage liner. It is none of their damn business what gets done or not done in NC.
As a Raleigh, North Carolina resident, I will not justify this pile of NYT drivel with a comment. The Genereal Assembly, Governor and Council of State here were legitimately elected.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that we are just tickled pink with them. :-)
See, that's the big secret: all these bloated Federal "free stuff" programs require STATE cooperation to make them happen. Even SNAP, the food stamp program, is this way. The states' legislature simply says, "No thanks, keep your dirty federal money", and voila, no more infinite unemployment benefits.
In Democrat-controlled "blue" states, no Federal dollar is EVER turned down. That's why it looks like these Federal programs can't be stopped. But it just isn't so. Regardless of how much the Democrats want it otherwise, we are STILL A REPUBLIC, and the states still have a say.
"Cognitive dissonance, thy name is the New York Times! Within the same article, tne NYT editors lament that NC has the 5th highest unemployment rate nationally, and dwells at 46th in educational performance. Then, as if it cannot be correlated, they note that the Republicans have had control of the Governorship and Legislature only since last fall, and for the first time in decades.
The voters of our State recognize what the NYT does not - it is the policies and practices of our previous Democrat leaders that put us into the situation we are in today. We voted to remove them from office, and to replace their dated and failing policies with those that would promote economic growth and development - lower taxes, and smaller and less costly government.
Of course the liberals and progressives will squeal ("Moral Mondays") - they've been feeding at the government trough for decades, and the party is now over.
Give us a few years, then check in. You'll see the same positive results that have been experienced, for example, in Wisconsin, where common sense and pro-growth policies were implemented by new Republican leadership following decades of Democrat rule and corruption. It's not rocket-science. Such policies are working equally well in Indiana, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, and more.
If there is some good that might come from this editorial, it's that it might staunch the flow of north-east liberals that have been fleeing high-tax nanny-states like New York."
Also a Raleigh-area NC resident.
It is an absolute and reliable metric.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.