Pat McCrory goes for a swim in the Fox News cesspool

When you're a champion liar like Pat McCrory, you get to be in the Major League of Lying (aka Fox News). Pat went on TV to lie about North Carolina's unemployment situation.

The governor was on TV to talk about the state’s plunged unemployment rate and reduced federal debt following North Carolina’s decision not to extend long-term jobless benefits.

Varney asked McCrory if he thought cutting those benefits was the way of the future nationally, observing that there seems to be a philosophical conflict among some states over the value of benefits.
There is disagreement about whether cutting jobless benefits led to more jobs in North Carolina, or if the unemployment [sic] just quit looking.

Open thread

NC legislators want unemployment appeal information private

State lawmakers, according to WRAL, are considering legislation to close off public access to records of unemployment appeals when claims are rejected. Lawyers used the information to find clients and a Durham lawyer is suing after state officials made access to the records more difficult.

In February, Dale Folwell, the assistant Department of Commerce secretary in charge of the division, moved to slow the flow of those notices out of the agency. Instead of daily pickup, Folwell proposed sending them out in three monthly bundles.

That prompted Monica Wilson, a Durham lawyer, to sue, saying the agency was unlawfully changing established practice in violation of the state's open records laws. She said that, by slowing the flow of notices, the state would hurt her business and deprive low-income individuals of legal counsel when they go before an appeal.

NC GOP lie machine cranks up after dismal jobs report

The NC February employment report is out and it's not good.

North Carolina's unemployment rate fell again in February, but employers in the state continued to shed jobs, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

A survey calculating nonfarm payrolls recorded 11,300 fewer jobs in the month after a decline of more than 7,000 jobs in January.

As usual, the NC GOP lie machine latches on to a decreased unemployment rate and ignores the very real job losses, claiming good news when the news is clearly bad.

Prevaricating Pat called out on more employment lies

The Raleigh News & Observer observes the news that Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory continues his outright lies about the employment situation in our state, which is pretty dismal. Despite clear data that shows that 2013 was a poor year for employment and job growth, Prevaricating Pat toots the horn that "more North Carolinians are collecting a paycheck", and it's because of the NC GOP's tax policies. Both claims are demonstrably false, as the article unequivocally shows.

But perhaps the most nauseating lie Pat tells in this story is the one about how punishing unemployed people somehow helped the state's employment situation:

"People First" Press Conference in Gaston County

Apr 4 2013 10:30 am


Contact: Robert Kellogg, Chairman GCDP. For Immediate Release
Email: rkellogg001@carolina.rr.com Cell: (704)953-8529

Thursday, April 4th. 10:30 am at the Erwin Center/913 Pryor St. Gastonia
Robert Kellogg, Chairman Gaston County Democratic Party
Todd Pierceall, Gastonia City Councilman, ward 4
Rev. Pierre Crawford, Moderator Gaston Co. Missionary Baptist Association
Donyel Barber, Executive Director at Family Promise of Gaston County
Chris Thomason, Vice President, Gaston County NAACP
Tammy Cantrell, small business owner/Encaptured & Co.
David turner, small business owner/Loray Media

Reagan/Bush economist worries for bond investors. Who cares about the unemployed?

One expects a Reagan/Bush appointee to stand up for the welfare of the 1%, and Martin Feldstein certainly delivers. He has nothing to say about the effect of low rates on employment, but he agonizes over any loss of capital gains.

Unemployed workers are losing productive years now, which they will never get back. Not only lost wages, but also mounting debt, erosion of skills, and family crises. Feldstein can't spare a single mention of their losses.

Let's not forget how that risky capital can also be invested in new ventures, new plants, and new equipment. Why are companies sitting on cash in the bank, or investors chasing a few basis points by going after T-bonds? Why aren't we seeing productive investment?

We've all heard the GOP blame over-regulation, but no amount of complexity ever deterred a hedge-fund or derivatives broker. What industry needs is demand, and demand comes from consumers who spend what they earn - assuming they are employed.

What's Brewing in Raleigh? Possum Stew!

What’s Brewing in Raleigh? Possum Stew!

The most recent unemployment numbers in North Carolina show a continued decrease in employment. Gaston County, like all the counties in the state recorded more unemployed citizens than the previous month. At 11.1 % unemployment on the county level and 10.2 state-wide, the frenzied activity in Raleigh to right this sinking ship must be at an all-time high, right? Unfortunately the answer is no. Instead the feverish legislation coming out of Raleigh amounts to a piping hot bowl of possum stew!

Instead of an “all hands on deck” approach our law-makers in Raleigh have set their sights on laws that are not only insignificant, but smacks of silliness in the face of current economic calamity.

Terrible, Corporate-Backed Unemployment Insurance Cuts Move Forward In North Carolina

Tell NC lawmakers to drop their draconian, hurtful, immoral unemployment insurance proposal.

Republican legislators in North Carolina are pushing an extreme package of cuts to unemployment insurance.

The Senate committee in charge of the issue, the Revenue Laws Study Committee, voted to move the proposal forward on Tuesday. It will come to the General Assembly for a vote when they reconvene on January 30.

The proposal cuts the weekly maximum benefit by 35 percent, (even though the statewide average benefit is much less). It also reduces the number of benefit to a sliding scale between 12 and 20 weeks, even though the average length of unemployment is at an all-time high of 40 weeks.

As New Year Begins, North Carolina Republicans Considering Drastic Cuts to Unemployment Insurance

Take action now – tell the North Carolina legislators to keep unemployment benefits strong

Thankfully, earlier this week Congress fulfilled its (minimum) obligation to the long-term unemployed by passing an extension of federal unemployment benefits as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal.

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