The DHHS ship is sinking

Another top-gun at DHHS jumps ship. I wouldn't want to work there either.

Vellucci makes $168,000 a year. He received a $23,284 raise last summer so he wouldn’t leave the job.

Looks like DHHS and DENR are in a shootout to see who can hit rock bottom faster. With Wos driving DHHS deep into the ground, and Skvarla stepping up as McCrory's fall-guy, it's sure to be a close contest.

How many McCrory appointees does it take to screw up a light bulb?

Just one: Aldona Wos.

And will respect to Representative Avila, it's not a question of making the government look like it's totally incompetent. The government IS totally incompetent, and citizens are right to conclude that you have no idea what you're doing.

“We could have found a way to solve this problem and not make this government look like it’s totally incompetent,” Avila said. “We could have handled this in a much more adult way and not put the question to the citizens of this state that we don’t know what we are doing.”

How many screw-ups will Pat McCrory tolerate from Queen Aldona before he fires her? You know the answer. He can't fire her. She's one of his money bags.

An orgy of incompetence

With so many things going badly on so many fronts of the McPope administration, it's easy to get swept up in the crisis of the day. But don't lose sight of the bigger picture. Yes, DENR is a shadow of its former self, rotting from the top down from free-market fantasies. And yes, DHHS is a tragedy of errors, with one failed initiative following another, and no end in sight.

And now, Commerce is tracking along the same trajectory of incompetence, betting the ranch on an unproven privatization model, guaranteed to be filled with conflicts, cronyism, self-interest, and back-room dealings.

McHugh (of the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division) told lawmakers at the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee about pitfalls that other public-private economic development agencies across the country have encountered, including conflicts of interest and perceptions of conflicts, a lack of transparency and limited investment from private businesses. Such problems, he said, can undermine the credibility and effectiveness of such partnerships.

Not to worry, says Sharon Decker, the Queen of Commerce who came up with the sketchy privatization scheme. Just trust us. We'll always operate in the public interest. Just like when we went after the Boeing Corporation, promising to "do anything" to get the company to relocate here.

Pardon me if my confidence in their transparency is somewhat lacking.

DHHS screw-up roll-up weekend wound-up

For your weekend reading enjoyment. It's a very long list.

All hail the Queen!

The Great Dumbing Down of journalism and politics reached a new threshold yesterday, when all eyes were on Queen Aldona as she greeted her subjects in Raleigh. Would Her Majesty deign to apologize? Anticipation in the room was palpable. And then she uttered those unthinkable words.

"I deeply apologize for the impact that this has caused to the citizens of the state," said Wos, making her first public comments since the cards were mismailed two weeks ago.

In a fleeting stroke of genius, the Queen put to rest all concerns and doubts. She apologized! All hail Her Majesty! Things are once again right in the upper crust of the world.

Queen Aldona strikes again

DHHS has just mailed 49,000 Medicaid cards to the wrong people. Unbelievable.

After dark

If you've had any interactions with Queen Aldona's munchkins in DHHS Land,
this little skit will look familiar.


Vermont leads the way, North Carolina drags its feet

There are lots of reasons to want to get rid of the Pope administration here in North Carolina, but topping the list is healthcare.

Vermont—Home of Ben and Jerry’s, Maple Syrup, Bernie Sanders and the first state to pass marriage equality. Now, Vermont will be known for something that will impact every resident in the state.

The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system. The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.

Ricky Diaz...

...not qualified to be his own employee.

This is a posting for a Project Manager position in Ricky Diaz's DHHS Spin Shop:

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in journalism or English and two years experience in communications, public relations, or publicity work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary Range: $37,125.00 - $59,604.00 Annually

The DHHS Sitcom

Thomas Mills on a roll about DHHS.

The whole thing reads like a script from a bad sitcom. Intellectually challenged governor hires rich socialite with no experience to run large government agency. Socialite, in turn, hires overpriced, inexperienced campaign hack in need of a job between elections. As the agency, predictably, begins to unravel, campaign hack convinces socialite to give him increasing responsibility, even though he’s obviously failing at his job. Meanwhile, Governor is oblivious to the fiasco that everybody else sees and makes silly comments about how hard the socialite is working.

I just hope they cancel it after the first season.

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