Vulnerable Persons

Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), a humorist, coined the phrase "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." He was talking about newspapers, and my uncle, who was a journalism professor, often repeated that quotation.

Dunne put it in the mouth of his character Mr. Dooley. Here's the full quote: "The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead, and roasts them afterward."

What brought this to mind is the celebration being conducted by both the News and Observer of Raleigh and Bob Geary of the IndyWeek after the vote on the lease of Dix Hill for a park. Add to that, none of the NC media reported on the Disability Treaty that was voted down yesterday until after the Republican senators succeeded in voting it down.

Budget shortfall could mean catastrophic Medicaid cuts after all

NCCapitol (Laura Leslie) tweeted on WRAL.com story on Medicaid cuts.

NCCapitol RT @WRAL_top: Budget shortfall could mean catastrophic Medicaid cuts after all http://t.co/ok6r2bzu #ncga #ncpol

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials said Monday that state lawmakers have failed to deliver on a promise to fill a Medicaid budget shortfall, forcing them to consider making catastrophic cuts to the progra

Related stories from www.wral.com:
Medicaid budget hole could hurt state's 'most vulnerable'
State lawmakers return to unclear agenda

Medicaid funding shortfall won't mean service cuts: see video here.

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