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.
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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.
And a john named Spitzer as City Comptroller. Indeed, NY... STFU.
Yet another case of New Yorkers knowing what's best for those in flyover country. Gosh, what would we do without those wonderful elites up there?
They won’t listen to reason; they won the war and don’t have to make good sense.
Next week the New York Times will be running a special on the benefits of ‘enabling’ addicts, alcoholics and wife beaters....
Unintentionally hilarious article, thanks for the morning entertainment!
Boo-hoo.....Weiner’s people are unhappy with NC because the sane producers in NY state are heading there to make a living. NY will be left with a massive welfare program, full of loafers and no cash to keep them happy, a dangerous prospect indeed.
The regime via the NYT is scared s*#tless that the NC phenom of turning down the tap on government social programs will catch on across the nation. NC is causing the fed beast enough alarm to put the media monkeys on it.
They are well aware of how many New Yawkers have moved there and fouled the new nest.
One Step at at time. :-)
Little do they know they are "creepy ass crackers", too!
“I am curious as to how NC (a state) can end Federal unemployment benefits. “
I don’t recall the details and no time to search now, but I believe bad administration at NC ESC caused a gazillion dollars in overpayments and NC owes a gazillion dollars back to the Federal Govt.
“Moocher Monday is a big deal with my liberal friends but they cant keep that up forever. “
As long as the federal checks keep coming, they’ll be in Raleigh every Monday. Cut off the federal checks and they’ll be too busy looking for a job to demonstrating.
Living in NC, my wife and I have been almost shell shocked at the wonderful changes that are happening in our state. For the first time in many years we are seeing politicians that actually represent us conservatives! They are dismantling the tumors created by the left. Hopefully the mooches will start a mass exodus to NY for their handouts.
The power pendulum has swung way too far to the left and we are now living under the oppression of the minority.
A single person claiming to be offended can change what 1,000s are doing.
A single person claiming racism can demand the government discriminate against most of the citizens.
A completely unqualified person can become president if they are a minority.
If this is going to be life under minorities I can only imagine how low the country will sink when they become a majority.
>>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.
I agree with you. The out of control size of government often looks hopeless but if enough states start declining these carrot and stick programs, it can make a difference. This combined with some conservative leadership in the white house could roll back decades of commie government.
Shutting down any wasteful government program immediately removes power from the left. They survive almost completely off of government money that they use to buy support. When the left creates some new program like obamacare, it takes a long time to get it rolling and put everything in place. When a program or agency is shut down, it can be almost instantaneous.
North Carolina is showing some potential to be the East coast's version of Texas.
(Bible belt, NASCAR and no scorpions...just sayin')
As certain as death and taxes, bump.
Yankee invasion until 2008 almost turned us blue.
When they couldn’t sell home up north to move to NC , it slowed down.
We need to keep NC Red or don’t move here.
States rights !!! 10th Amendment.
Brother, if you’re directing this toward me, you’re preaching to the choir.
Talk about inducing nation-wide vomit!
Maybe we need to recombine NC and SC and return to one Carolina. This would result in one state that has everything any reasonable person could ask for. Maybe not as large as Texas or Alaska but certainly not lagging in any other respect. The two together would have real clout. There would be every climate from sub-tropical in the Southeastern corner on the coast to little Switzerland in the Northwest. Every fish from Rainbow Trout to Flounder, golf courses galore, beautiful women, every terrain from pancake flat to mile high mountains and swamps full of Alligators. Deer by the millions, bluegrass music, fantastic barbecue and on and on. Not to mention fine wines and the world’s finest grape, the Scuppernong, which originated on the Scuppernong river in NC. We would need to stop the inflow of Yankees though.
Come to think of it why don’t we combine the two and then resume that fine old SC tradition of secession?
To me this sounds like a good thing. Congratulations, North Carolina!
My brother and his wife retired from Minnesota to North Carolina a few years ago. He must be loving this.
What about us conservative Yankees? There are lots of us, you know.
My understanding - NC borrowed 2.5 billion from the feds to pay unemployment benefits after obama was elected in 2008 and the dimocrats controlled NC govt. The NC Republicans inherited the mess in 2012. - compASSionate NC dimocrats usual plan = pay it back via increased taxes and simultaneously borrow more $ from the bankrupt, money printing feds to “extend” the benefits. The NC Republicans decided to get out from under this debt burden by not extending the benefits and increase business taxes that normally fund unemployment.
The better story in Raleigh, which the NYT conveniently avoided, is allegations that the moron mundane arrestees are not being fully processed (like other street criminals) into the jail system. . . unequal treatment under the law. That would have supportd their headline of decline in NC!
Republicans repealed the Racial Justice Act, a 2009 law that was the first in the country to give death-row inmates a chance to prove they were victims of discrimination. They have refused to expand Medicaid and want to cut income taxes for the rich while raising sales taxes on everyone else. The Senate passed a bill that would close most of the states abortion clinics.
Ah, I see. Threaten the holy sacrament of abortion and the lightning shall smite thee.
By the way, is that tax spin cute or what? Income taxes cut for The Rich and sales taxes raised for "everyone else"? Like the rich never purchase anything?
I'm guessing this one was excreted by a few of their summer interns, myself. Even by the low intellectual standards of the Times it's pretty weak.
Great comment. Sounds like NC is a good state to consider for a move...
please let us know if your comment to the NYSlimes website is allowed.
Bunch of Mormons in NC now?
I reread that after I posted it...and, of course, no edit feature here to fix the dumb things I say...sorta like life, I guess, and, once again, I gave my self another laugh at myself.
Thanks for catching it. I needed that!
Yes, it’s actually out there - took over an hour from submission to appearance, so someone was mulling it over.