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:
Q: So you were saying you need to change how you oversee it, but in terms of money wasted, you weren’t saying that. In terms of actual malfeasance, your findings weren’t of that nature.
A: You’re exactly right. That is not what my audit says. I can take you through about 10 points that ... my audit, the whole thing about how we denigrated them, all these things my audit supposedly says, you won’t find that stuff in my audit.
I’ve said in interviews that ‘broken’ is the governor’s term. I never said it. My audit doesn’t say it. The governor said it was broken before my audit ever came out.
The only thing I would accuse Beth of being is naïve. She wants to perform her job in a neutral, non-partisan fashion. But that's simply not possible when the GOP has control over her purse strings and her mission, and has demonstrated countless times that it will twist any findings presented to the NCGA to meet their ideological goals. And while this might be true:
Fisher, during an interview this week, accused N.C. NAACP President William Barber of being inflammatory. “Some of the things he’s saying are not in the bill,” she said.
Fisher, who has long supported voter ID, said when one strips away the misconceptions and confusion, the measure simply ensures that only citizens vote.
“It is not a voter suppression effort in any respect. If it were something like that, I wouldn’t stand for it,” she said.
And if the bill was merely what you say it is, it wouldn't be 38 pages long. This kind of outright misleading rhetoric won't get very far with African-American voters, although it might be readily accepted by the readers of NC Renegade, of which Dr. Fisher is a frequent contributor. And yes, if you're a black woman wanting to be accepted on that site, you better know the magic anti-government incantations. Such as this one:
"This was signed into law by President Obama and has been in effect since Monday, yet the president is refusing to enforce it. Therefore, these Fort Bragg furloughs should not be occurring," Ellmers, a Republican in the 2nd Congressional District, said in written statement.
"Here we have a situation where I have needless, needless suffering happening in my district," Ellmers said on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The problem is, the bill you pushed is not a budget bill, it was merely an effort on your and your knuckleheaded colleagues' part to deflect political damage from your irresponsible behavior. The bill doesn't say "pay everyone", it directs the SecDef to pick and choose:
"DHHS will maintain the WIC program as long as existing federal funds will allow. I urge clients to keep their nutrition appointments and continue redeeming their vouchers for the time being. DHHS continues to work to minimize any negative effects of the federal government shutdown on our employees, programs and vital services."
DHHS notes that WIC-eligible clients may also be eligible to enroll in North Carolina's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps).
Oh, that's real helpful. By the time their SNAP benefits start flowing, the Federal government will have solved this crisis and be on the cusp of the next crisis. If that's Aldona's idea of "helping" hungry women, infants and children, I'd hate to see her try to punish them.
Myth No. 7: North Carolina was no longer an attractive state because of high taxes.
Not according to the moving companies. The 2012 United Van Lines Migration Study found that North Carolina was the fourth highest destination for moves, following the District of Columbia, Oregon and Nevada. North Carolina has been growing at twice the national average. During the first decade of this century, only the states of Nevada and Texas grew faster than North Carolina, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
No doubt Republican propagandists are steaming in their shells over this article, since they've gone to great pains to paint a different picture. But a lot of this is simply common sense. Everybody knows North Carolina's population has been growing at a freakish pace for the last decade or so, and a lot of those families have school-aged children:
Kim Genardo, the Governor’s Communications Director provided us this statement. “This story is overblown and is not serving either AP members or readers or state employees well. Every personnel law and policy was adhered to in the hiring of Diaz and McKillip. State government has nearly 90,000 employees and the press has singled out two workers. Keep in mind, no one has quibbled with their performance, work ethic and dedication to their department and the state of North Carolina.”
And your boss is not serving AP members or readers or state employees or NC taxpayers well by choosing to lie about this issue, either.
Gov. Pat McCrory says a pair of 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates. But the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises after only a few weeks of government service, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were ever advertised or that other applicants were considered.
In response to a public records request from The Associated Press, the state agency indicated there were no job postings or written skill requirements for the high-paying positions awarded to the young Republicans.
I figured as much. If those positions had been posted, there would have been several applicants with much better qualifications than these two political brown-nosers. DAG McCrory is about to learn a harsh lesson: you only lie when you absolutely have to, not when it's merely convenient. Because the lies themselves can be more damaging than the truth, however base and unjustifiable the truth may be.
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