NC GOP abandons rural unemployed

We'll start this one out with a Tweet:

andrewbrock 12:48pm via Seesmic RT @NCDOA: STATE #SURPLUS SELLING HEAVY EQUIPMENT FORMERLY USED FOR STUDENT TRAINING AT WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE http://bit.ly/nBo8xV #ncgov #ncga,

Whether Senator Brock posted this as a form of bragging (we're taking care of business), or as a heads-up to friends to take advantage of the sale, it still indicates a total disdain for the plight of our rural families. Here's more from the sellers:

The State Surplus Property Agency has launched a website dedicated to the sale of heavy equipment used only for educational purposes in a program no longer offered at Wilson Community College. The link includes videos that show some of the 30 available pieces, which range from backhoes to bulldozers and graders.

“The equipment will be sold on the State Surplus Sealed Bid site and on eBay from August through October,” said State Surplus Property Officer Robert Riddle. “It’s a shame the college had to shut down its program, but this creates a great opportunity for people who need this kind of equipment to buy it a discount.”

In case you're wondering, Wilson County has about 12.5% unemployed, and probably a larger percentage of underemployed. And they could be about to lose not only this program, but their entire Community College, as well:

Halifax Community College in Weldon, Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, Sampson Community College in Clinton and Wilson Community College in Wilson are among the campuses that could be closed under the proposal.

Lawmakers haven't yet addressed the study, but Perdue said the plan amounts to an attack on rural North Carolina and would harm both the state's education system and its economic development efforts.

I can't tell if NC Republicans are merely asleep at the wheel, or intentionally running over North Carolina's neediest as they limp down the economic sidewalk. And I'm not sure if that distinction even matters, if the end result is more suffering and economic anemia.

Comments

Start of a huge fire sale

Haywood County officials are deciding whether to lease the soon to be closed Hazelwood minimum security prison unit. According to law, the county can lease the facility as a "probation revocation facility" if a mandatory feasibility study identifies the need for such a facility. Otherwise, the facility will become surplus property and "disposed of."

Also being "disposed of" are more than 200 Department of Corrections jobs in four minimum security prisons slated for closure, including 42 positions in Haywood County.

One other unintended consequence of closing this prison, the only minimum security facility west of Asheville, is that inmates at the facility will not be available now for various road and other projects undertaken by minimum security inmates.

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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

Are you sure that's a unintended consequence?

Or is this just a sceme to create a market for privatized litter cleanup? After all, if there's money to be made off the state, there's a Republican standing in line with his hand out. Even if it costs more than running the prison did.

GOP ruining rural economy

This is a graphic example of how the GOP has poisoned the rural economy. What a shame to see the heavy equipment used by our Community College system being sold. I cannot understand why, of all places, when we are in economic trouble, the Republicans have pulled the teeth out of the NCCCS. This is the place we need to keep strong so we can retrain people out of work and who want to retool for new opportunities.

Charles Malone

It's kind of funny. My

It's kind of funny. My brother graduated from the heavy equipment program at Wilson Tech many years ago. He leveraged that skill into a very successful construction related business and makes about.......well, a hell of a lot more than I do, and he's a semi-tea party Repubican. And so it goes.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

It's likely a disconnect

I think it's safe to say that most in the Tea Party (or those who quietly support them) have benefited, at one time or another, from government services/programs. But even if they do acknowledge that reality, they rationalize it away by pointing towards those who rely heavily on government. It's how they set themselves apart.

Without waxing all Jungian, the mental process of individuation (which I see in a lot of Libertarians, by the way) usually springs from a lack of self-confidence, not the other way around, which is what they tell themselves. The self-asked question "What do I have in common with person X" is much more difficult than "How are we different?". And it doesn't help that the political machines (on both sides) thrive on that second question.