Gov. Pat McCrory offered a critique of state government architecture on Wednesday morning, complaining that many of the state buildings and parking decks in downtown Raleigh are “frankly as ugly as the dickens.” The remarks came during a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the Midtown Raleigh Alliance, a chamber of commerce-type group representing the North Hills area. McCrory said he’s dismayed to look out from the governor’s mansion and see windowless buildings constructed in the 1960s and ’70s.
“It’s almost as though we built our government buildings as if they were bunkers in World War II,” he told the gathering of about 100 business leaders. “They look like they were built at Dunkirk, or on D-Day in Normandy.”
While some of those structures may seem "Dickensian" in appearance, it's the policies and unchecked Capitalism favored by McCrory and his pals that will really affect people, and not in a good way. But it's not just "form over substance" that inspired this vicious attack on windowless buildings. McCrory has finally found an opponent he can criticize that won't have the audacity (like a 12 year-old girl) to argue back. Of course, he's not smart enough to figure out that arguing with inanimate objects makes him look like he needs to have his meds reevaluated. Maybe the Wos can hook him up. Or not.
We've seen a number of articles and opinion pieces covering the dire economic consequences of the Pope administration, and even more chronicling the baffling pattern of lies and half-truths told by DAG McCrory. But none come close to matching these articles by Bob Geary and Rose Hoban in terms of depth and breadth of gory detail. It's worth bookmarking both.
Between January 2008 and March 2012, IIT has received over $68.6 million into this account from the AVOTW Enterprise gambling operation. IIT also received funds from North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Cafes (which some of these are being operated by the same members of the AVOTW Enterprise previously mentioned in your affiants Master Affidavit) and other states which totaled
approximately $98.4 million through March 2012.
Just to refresh your memory, the Allied Veterans operation in Florida was one of the biggest ripoffs in the name of helping veterans that has ever been perpetrated. The sheer volume of money and money-laundering transactions is staggering, and over $400,000 of those ill-gotten gains ended up in the campaign coffers of the NC GOP, including that of the now Governor McCrory. And considering there are direct ties between McCrory and Burns, the state BOE should have been all over this. And the NC DOJ might be interested in these fellows, as well:
Two 24-year-old campaign elves landed senior state jobs making at least $85,000 a year because they were the strongest applicants, McCrory said. “They were actually moved over to areas that frankly a lot of older people applied for, too,” he explained. There were no other applicants since the jobs were not posted. Both young men fail to meet standards for entry-level jobs at Health and Human Services, where they hold top positions. McCrory gave them 35 percent raises within three months while freezing other state workers’ salaries.
In the midst of such a serious challenge, however, we find it disingenuous and irresponsible that you have chosen to aggressively, publicly, and inaccurately blame environmental organizations for this bridge closure. As a result of your urging, we have been at the receiving end of multiple threats based on misinformation you have provided. Rather than continue with these irresponsible public attacks, we encourage you to provide the leadership required to resolve the closure as quickly as possible and to focus on developing a long term solution to replace Bonner Bridge that ensures safe and dependable transportation to Hatteras Island.
Make no mistake, the Republicans are wetting their pants at the prospect of endangering the safety of the attorneys working for the Southern Environmental Law Center. The group has been a thorn in the side of irresponsible developers and polluting industries, and the GOP would love nothing better than to sweep this organization out of the way. And the bridge is only part of this story. A comment I posted on Facebook:
Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is moving to change the government insurance program for 1.7 million of the state’s elderly, disabled and poor residents to a system where providers are paid set rates for each person they treat. As it is now, the government pays fees for each medical treatment or service.
Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and advisory committee member, said he was concerned about managed care insurance companies coming in to take over big parts of the Medicaid program. He asked whether insurance companies would be needed.
Adam Searing, director of the N.C. Health Access Coalition, has been critical of McCrory’s rap on Medicaid. Searing, whose organization advocates for low-income and working class people, was also critical of Atlas for not presenting what Searing said would have been a complete picture of managed care.
They don't want a complete picture. All they needed to see was "capped payments" and the love affair was off to a great start.
McCrory said exploration is part of a two-pronged approach to make the energy industry a sector that will help North Carolina come roaring out of the recession. The other, he said, is promoting power generation. Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. is the nation's largest electric power company. McCrory, who previously worked for Duke, said the state needs to look at tax policies that promote power generation.
The governor on Wednesday praised a law passed in 2013 laying out the regulatory framework for building wind farms to create energy. McCrory also said he wants to examine next year the balance between what he called subsidies received to produce renewable energy and the rates charged to consumers.
And when you do, what you'll see is the cost of renewable energy is a tiny fraction of what ratepayers are forced to pay your former(?) employer, compared to CWIP (Construction Work In Progress) and the recent merger fiasco. And when Duke Energy is finally forced to clean up coal ash ponds, they're going to (try to) charge us for that mistake, as well. But with Art Pope pulling your strings, I'm sure none of that will come up.
Submitted by scharrison on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 11:07am
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:
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