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.