And the forehead smacks continue:
NCCapitol 4:52pm via Web
Former Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth, to lead Employment Security under Sec. Sharon Decker. #ncga #ncpol
This is beginning to look like a sitcom or a really irritating reality show. You hate children? How about a job running a day-care center! Can't swim? Lifeguard! Allergic to peanuts? A taste-tester at a nut-cluster factory! (Yes, there is such a place, I saw it on PBS the other day). You are ideologically opposed to laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits? You can run the Employment Security Commission!
This week, Rep. Folwell provided further confirmation of his true (and remarkably extreme) beliefs when he distributed an odd little essay he chose to entitle “Help Wanted.” In it, the lawmaker held forth in a rather jumbled fashion on the issue of unemployment insurance and his apparent belief that such benefits – particularly the extended benefits that have been made available to some of the long-term unemployed during the economic downturn – are responsible for what ails our economy.
At least, that seems to be what he’s saying. Save for an initial section in which he laments the rising unemployment rate, here are the principal “highlights” of the letter:
“The Stimulus distorted the purpose of unemployment benefits. People who lose their jobs through no fault of their own deserve help bridging the gap to new opportunity. No system should encourage people not to work. Now unemployment debt threatens the very people who create jobs in our economy, business owners.
This single example lays open the danger of excessive government spending. Extended unemployment benefits are stealing the initiative of business owners and their employees. Worse yet, it discourages the unemployed from returning to work."
You know, in the run up to the election, I thought McCrory was a lot of things: a "say anything, do nothing" politician in the vein of Richard Burr, a corporate yes-man, an energetic flip-flopper, etc. But I didn't think he was a fucking idiot. These unbelievably inappropriate appointments are making that last thing into a definite.