DAG McCrory: I'll give you lies for free, but the truth will cost you
The "say anything" Governor doubles-down on his prevarication:
This time, he got caught twice in the same interview. First, McCrory said that Duke Energy and IBM had stopped offering their employees health insurance because of Obamacare. That’s not true. That’s not even a rumor. He just made it up on the spot.
Next, he said that he and the legislature didn’t cut unemployment benefits. That’s not true either. Again, it’s not even being disputed. They cut the length of time a person could collect benefit, they cut the amount of benefits and they denied 170,000 unemployed North Carolinians long-term benefits that would have been covered by the federal government.
While politicians often bend the truth to fit their narrative, the stuff coming out of McCrory's mouth has been deteriorating into the absurd as his tenure progresses. Which is what happens when your previous lies aren't thrown back in your face very hard. And when you've made a habit out of avoiding the truth, the last thing you want to do is make it cheap and easy to acquire:
F to Gov. Pat McCrory’s staff, which has interpreted a clause in North Carolina’s public records law as giving the state the right to assess a “special service charge” on records requests that take more than 30 minutes for an employee to process. This is a break from past practices that has seen invoices charging hundreds of dollars for requests for digital emails produced free of charge by past administrations. North Carolina’s records law says public records are the people’s property to be provided promptly at “free or minimal cost.’’ There’s no mention of a time limit under the law. Lawyers representing newspapers and broadcasters are advising clients that the demands for payment are “unjustified, improper and in violation of the law.” Raleigh News & Observer executive editor John Drescher said bluntly, “This is clearly an attempt to make public information more difficult to get.” He’s right. We’d wager this blatant slap at the First Amendment will get shot down in the courts, but in the meantime it will be an imposing hurdle for the public’s right to know what their tax dollars and government are up to.
Once again, the pundits at Civitas/JLF are dropping the ball on an issue they're previously championed. I've had a couple of back-channel conversations with them over transparency/open government issues, and it looks like I may need to do so again. I'll give John Hood a couple of days to do some soul-searching before doing so, because I'm sure there's a little voice chirping at him from the back of his mind.