Ellmers has continued to bombard “Obamacare” with one ridiculous challenge after another. First she favored repeal, then “defunding,” and now it seems she and other House Republicans on that committee are hoping to hobble the law by keeping people from finding their way through its options and provisions.
The process is daunting to many, particularly because Republicans in North Carolina have blocked the state from educating the public about the program.
This has gone beyond the classical definition of Congressional obstruction, where legislation or Presidential appointments are held up via parliamentary procedures. The Affordable Care Act proceeded through Congress properly, was signed into law, and was even aggressively vetted by the Supreme Court. Continued opposition by Congressional Republicans and their state counterparts represents a callous disregard for the Democratic process and an abrogation of their responsibility to work on other needed policies. And it's having a detrimental effect on the Federal government's ability to even function, much less function well. Which might be the whole point of this immature behavior.
What? You've got a horse reporting on traffic issues? That's a little one-sided, isn't it? I mean, ever since the advent of the horseless carriage, the equine population has been virtually shut out of the transportation industry, and relegated to the less noble and bitterly competitive sports and recreation sector. I'm just saying. They may not be the best source to prevent automobiles from crashing into each other.
It's become a standard progressive meme to say that McCrory is "dumb," but I don't think that's true, at least not in the sense of lacking intelligence. What you have to understand about the governor is that his frames of reference are really limited. McCrory is a fratboy at heart, and so he gladly hands out favors to those who fit that mold, thus the two young bucks' cushy new jobs. Never mind that others are eminently more qualified, McKillip and Diaz are the kind of true believers in a "business-first" view of government that the governor is most comfortable around.
Although I'm not inclined to readily dismiss the "McCrory lacks intelligence" analysis, the rest of this assessment seems spot-on. In the mind of Myers Park Pat, being qualified for a job is not nearly as critical as sharing the same beliefs. And it will help keep the reality of his poor decisions out of the conversation.
I did not serve in the military. I don't know what it's like to be in combat, let alone in an environment where people who look like civilians may be shooting at you the next moment, or planting a roadside bomb or planning an ambush. He was responsible for the lives of his men, not for the lives of suspected Iraqi insurgents.
But unarmed prisoners? Wasn't there also a duty to deliver them, still alive, to the appropriate place?
DHHS communications director Ricky Diaz cited a section of the state budget bill that said “state agencies, departments and institutions shall have salary administration flexibility for licensed physicians, dentists, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and other allied health professionals, and may exercise the flexibility within existing resources.”
However, Diaz declined to say where the money is coming from, how much is being dedicated to pay raises, which employees are being made eligible for the pay increases, the total amount of existing resources, which options are being considered to free up the resources and whether job cuts are part of the financing solution. He said the department is reviewing options and would provide that information when final decisions have been made.
The likely answer is, Diaz' $85,000 salary will result in the laying off of 2.5 people elsewhere in the Department, and he won't be the one who has to "communicate" that bad news to the soon-to-be jobless employees.
Submitted by scharrison on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:13am
And the NSA has been working double-shifts to try to figure out just what the hell he actually meant:
“All of us in this room need to go on a recruitment binge like we are going after basketball players.”
“We have got to get out of our silos. ... We have got to treat each other as customers as opposed to adversaries.”
“I want you to make money but at the same time I want you to sell the message.”
Is he talking about grain silos or missile silos? And what is this message he wants them to sell? Something about basketball players helping them sell their message about recruiting basketball players, possibly. Or maybe it's a public service message about safety:
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