What North Carolina needs

North Carolina is a great state with many assets. Like any other state, it has problems, issues and concerns. People have legitimate differences about how to address challenges such as:

  • ensuring free and fair elections
  • reducing unemployment and creating good jobs
  • finding an equitable way to raise the money needed to deliver government services
  • improving our educational system
  • ensuring a healthy business climate
  • preserving a healthy environment for future generations

Of course, there are many more, and there are various ways to address these challenges, and reasonable people have different philosophies and approaches.

So, with all of these important challenges, you'd think that there wouldn't be a lot of time to devote to unimportant items that are not problems, issues or concerns. With all the people clamoring for the real challenges to be addressed, it would be irresponsible to focus on unimportant -- even silly -- things at the expense of doing what really needs to be done.

For example, in contrast to people saying loud and clear that they want our lawmakers to address jobs, education and so on, I don't think I have ever heard complaints such as:

  • You know, food and medicine in this state is too cheap. They should tax it!
  • My social security check is too big. They should take taxes out of it!
  • What this state needs is a way to add to the natural gas glut. Preferably by injecting poison into the ground.
  • I'll tell you what's wrong with our schools. Class sizes are too small and teachers get paid too much and they have too much assistance in the classroom!
  • I just hate crawling along the highway at only 70 MPH. Everybody needs to go faster.
  • Too many people in this state have healthcare. If we take away insurance from about half a million of them, then I can send my federal tax dollars to pay for healthcare for people in New Jersey and Florida. That's the ticket!
  • You know what we need? More big-money special interest influence in our judicial elections!
  • I am so sick and tired of all this red tape that helps to prevent criminals and mentally ill people from getting guns.
  • We need to make it way harder to vote. Especially for minorities, the elderly and poor people.
  • Constitution, Schmonstitution! It's high time to force my personal beliefs on everybody else. Let's ban all these other religions.
  • Every woman should be forced to have her rapist's baby!

Nope, haven't heard a major public outcry on any of those. OK, to be fair, you can find a small but loud faction who actually are clamoring for some of these things, in almost but not quite those same words, especially the latter ones. But by and large, the vast majority of North Carolinians just are not asking their elected officials to do any of this stuff.

Most people in North Carolina want our legislators and governor to work on jobs, the economy, better education, affordable healthcare and our other real challenges.

But most of those elected officials are instead spending most of their time working on Art Pope's personal agenda and what ALEC tells them to do.

Which should tell you who they really work for.



Congratulations - you've just put together an ad campaign for Dem candidates in the next election. These are quotes that you might hear a character in a commercial say and that sum up exactly what's going on.

"You know, food and medicine in this state is too cheap. They should tax it!", etc.

More Citizen Non-Complaints

  • How long must this state suffer without having an official state marsupial?
  • We need to ban the sale of high-performing, reasonably priced electric vehicles in this state. Doesn't anyone care about the extreme suffering of our automobile dealers?
  • When will the powers that be finally allow garbage trucks to leak putrid liquid garbage on my curb?
  • Sharia Law is taking over our courts! Won't someone do something to stop it?
  • People who blow the whistle on lawbreakers need to be punished and the lawbreakers need to be protected.
  • You wanna know the biggest threat to this state? If the out-of-control forces aren't stopped right now, then someday you might not be able to buy a Big Gulp.
  • The fact that the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't have a standardized email signature for its employees is what is ruining this state

Please add to the list.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

A few possibilities

  • There's too much sand on our beaches. We need some Big Engineering firms to build some jetties that will make a lot of that sand go away.
  • We don't have enough poor black people on death row. It's time to bring back all-white juries.
  • North Carolina's ugly towns have a hard time competing with attractive towns. We need a law against city planning. Every town should be ugly and free from the heavy hand of zoning. And while we're at it, every middle school should have a handgun concession on premises. That way the kids won't have to go off campus to pack heat.

Good Additions

A few more:

  • Them dang unemployed people should just GET A JOB.
  • Climate change with sea level rise could be disastrous to our state. Won't someone please pass a law to make sure North Carolina isn't a part of all that?
  • All of our problems would be solved if someone just put up a confederate flag at the state house.
  • Some people are getting divorced. I beseech lawmakers to force them to stay married!
  • There are gay people in our state. Something needs to be done about that.
  • We are going to hell in a handbasket because a few women exposed their nipples!

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

But here's where the discussion breaks down.

The McCrory-Pope axis doesn't give a damn about free and fair elections, unemployment, jobs, providing government services, education, or the environment. The only thing that concerns them is the healthy business climate, and their only solution to that is slash corporate taxes and make NC a big corporate playground, with fracking and polluting and whatever else completely unregulated. They will spin until Judgment Trump yapping about "free elections" and "jobs for everyone" but it's just yapping, intended to keep the plates spinning while they continue their work dismantling the government safety net and gutting every single service provided by said government. We have "elected" a bunch of corporate anarchists to office, who are doing the virtual equivalent of firebombing state government on behalf of their corporate paymasters. Talking to them is fine, but expecting them to do anything except what they've been doing is a waste of time.