Government for the few:
And, according to reports, 49 states indeed immediately found some way to keep it going. Only North Carolina said it couldn't.
Not only was that an erroneous judgment, but it was unfortunately all too typical of the initial reaction we've seen in Raleigh this year. Whether it's Medicaid, unemployment benefits or WIC, the first reaction is always "we can't" -- at least when it comes to programs that serve the poor.
For tax cuts that mostly benefit the well-off, the attitude is "we can and we will."
The spectacle of Aldona Wos all-of-a-sudden "finding" money for WIC, combined with DAG McCrory's almost tearful claim that taking care of children is his top priority, made me seriously contemplate hurling a projectile at my relatively new flatscreen TV. And I'm not in the habit of abusing my appliances. But the knowledge that people who are suffering will only get relief when Republicans are forced into a corner and embarrassed is, in a word, infuriating. And this effort to spin the debacle:
However, DHHS spokesman Ricky Diaz said Friday the money offered to North Carolina was not sufficient to keep the program's doors open. He said the agency had to go back and ask for more funding before it could reopen WIC, and that extra money wasn't secured until Thursday evening.
is nothing but a bald-faced lie.
Efforts by Sarah Ovaska and Congressman David Price created a firestorm of outrage Thursday night, which forced Wos to do what she should have from the start. Mismanagement at NC DHHS has reached an absurd level, and it's putting the health and safety of NC citizens at risk. In light of that reality, the lies and cover-ups should be vigorously investigated, before even more people are put at unnecessary risk.