Must read from Bob Geary at Indy Week and Rose Hoban at NC Health News

We've seen a number of articles and opinion pieces covering the dire economic consequences of the Pope administration, and even more chronicling the baffling pattern of lies and half-truths told by DAG McCrory. But none come close to matching these articles by Bob Geary and Rose Hoban in terms of depth and breadth of gory detail. It's worth bookmarking both.

An excerpt from Geary on unemployment benefits:

I turn now to the economic damage these lies, and the policies they misrepresent, are doing to North Carolina. The cuts to unemployment took effect July 1, slashing the amount and duration of aid to North Carolinians who lose their jobs. The fact that these cuts disqualified the long-term unemployed in our state from collecting extended benefits means that, for the last six months of 2013, the North Carolina economy will forgo $600 million in federal aid we should've had.

From Hoban regarding the administration's incredible Medicaid cover-up:

Soon after taking control in Raleigh in early 2013, people hired by Gov. Pat McCrory to run the Department of Health and Human Services made strategic edits to the departmental response to State Auditor Beth Wood’s audit of the North Carolina Medicaid program.

Documents obtained by North Carolina Health News through a public records request show that in January, incoming Sec. Aldona Wos and Medicaid head Carol Steckel eliminated detailed explanations of alleged high administrative costs, management problems and budget overruns in past years.

Art Pope is doing real damage in our state. Through his lying and budgetary incompetence, he's sacrificing the health and safety of North Carolina citizens in order to further his extremist agenda.


And from NC Policy Watch

North Carolina has consistently lagged behind the rest of the nation in terms of the percentage of its citizens that have jobs. Since the unemployment rate does not count the number of unemployed workers who have given up on finding work, the number of people with jobs compared to the total working-age population is a far better indicator of the true health of the job market for workers than the traditional jobless rate. According to this measure, 54.6 percent of working age people in the Tarheel State were employed, compared to 58.6 percent in the nation as a whole. To reach the national average, North Carolina would need 130,000 more people with jobs in the economy.

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Prevaricating Pat's version

goes like this:

Now for the quiz:

One of these people (Freyer at NC Policy Watch or DAG McCrory) analyzed real data in a holistic way and produced a reasonable, verifiable, contextual conclusion. The other cherry-picked a couple of pieces of data to deliberately mislead people, in a desperate attempt to make himself look good in spite of the negative employment situation. Can you match the authors to these descriptions?

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Well done

Geary, as usual, nails it, although his headline writer's cop out of using "fibs" instead of "lies" is rather lame.

Hoban's expose is thorough and damning (and maybe part of the reason that Prevaricating Pat is now doing his best not to release more public records).

There's a segment of the population where truth can't penetrate, and they just keep repeating the Pope/Pat lies, but it seems as though a large portion of North Carolinians are now catching on to the deception and its ensuing harm.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

In case you're wondering

if DAG McCrony has changed his behavior after being called out so many times about his lies, the answer is (SURPRISE!) no:

[McCrory] lamented North Carolina’s low teacher pay, which he said he’s been unable to address so far because of Medicaid cost overruns.

Right, Pat. And NC State was unable to address winning football games because of schedule conflicts with the cross-country team.

P.S. The rest of the cited article is worth reading. It seems that Pat is unhappy with the view from the guvnor's man-shun. We assume that he missed the irony of the GOP push to restrict the ability of cities to legislate their own zoning and appearance standards.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis