North Carolina: leading the nation in cruelty

Punishment in the absence of a crime:

Because North Carolina leaders cut average weekly benefits for new claims, about 170,000 workers whose state benefits expire this year will lose more than $700 million in EUC payments, the U.S. Labor Department said. The Labor Department declined to comment on North Carolina's looming situation but said no other state is considering changing benefits in a way that would imperil U.S. help.

That's because no other state has a government that has totally abandoned its people in favor of corporate control, and no other state's political party has embraced pay-to-play politics anywhere near the level the NC GOP does. And this kind of mindless rambling makes me furious:

Delaying would burden businesses and potentially increase the debt, said Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie. The cuts also will push people to find work faster, then move to a better job as the economy improves, she said.

"It may not be the job that you want or your career for the rest of your life. But to take a job, get back into the job market," Howard said.

You have absolutely no idea what the hell you're talking about. The last time you were in the job market Ronald Reagan was handing over the reigns to Bush the Elder. So quit trying to justify this with some sort of strained, up-by-your-bootstraps pep-talk. Just the fact that you've been reelected so many times proves that most North Carolinians are not good judges of character, which makes getting hired for a job a crapshoot.


Cruelty of Republicans

Representative Howard is totally oblivious to reality! There are 3 people trying for 1 job and 2 of those people will need financial support. Unemployment insurance is the only way these people can live without a job. Our stupid legislators will now become the real DEATH PANEL, rejecting Medicaid and unemployment insurance.

McCrory,Pope and Wos have an affinity to repress the poor.Thank goodness Representative Price confirmed the contingency funds were sent to the DHHS from the USDA and should carry through to the end of October.
These so-called leaders reached a new lo

Nail. Head. Hit.

You hit the nail on the head, scharrison.

It is MADDENING that these sadists refuse federal money that represents our tax dollars ALREADY PAID for both unemployment benefits and Medicaid expansion. They actually are cutting off people who need help from available funds that we already paid into.

There is no explanation other than cruelty.

And although I do not wish the loss of employment or medical insurance on anyone, wouldn't it be interesting if Delusional Julia Howard and the rest of that crowd had to live for a month in the same circumstances into which they are cruelly forcing hundreds of thousands of people?

Especially if she had to listen to delusional, arrogant sadists tell her that all she needs to do is get a job.

"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

Maddening, yes

Progressives and liberals see what the Republicans are doing as cruel.

However, they see the unemployed as simply unmotivated, lazy (and usually) Black. It's the old Reagan-era "welfare queen" canard they're hauling out for an encore performance.

The Dems in NC have really failed when it comes to putting a face on long-term unemployment - it's a range of people from all kinds of ages and backgrounds - so we've never really been able to diffuse this lie/stereotype that the Republicans keep pushing. And, yes, I blame the media too for not offering up some hard stats and stories of the long-term unemployed in the state as part of the narrative about this issue. It's easy to get quotes from the blowhards in Raleigh - it takes a little more guts to find friends and neighbors of your readers that tell what's really happening out there.

This tactic will probably start backfiring on conservatives. It's just as likely that an older conservative married couple in rural North Carolina has one spouse that's been laid off and can't find another job in this economy.

Once again

Nail hit on the head.

At the most recent Moral Monday, the speakers included real people suffering because of the GOP Unemployment Cruelty, and they were a diverse mix (just like in the real world).

Unfortunately, Tillisberger and the McCronies are quite deaf to the suffering.

But they don't recognize that the backfire is building up, as you point out.

"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

I think the sponsors of this bill,

if not every lawmaker who cast an "aye" vote, should have to explain to these families, face to face, why they chose to do this.

Of course they won't do it, because they're cowards. And as long as they don't have to take responsibility for their actions, they will continue to hurt people unnecessarily.

I am beyond disgusted with these creatures.

Well Said

It's kind of like the vile federal legislators who actually had to meet with the Sandy Hook victims' families face to face. Of course, some of them still voted to ensure that mentally ill gunmen will continue to be legally armed to the hilt to maximize their death toll -- but one hopes that at least it interferes with their sleep at night.

I would love to see Jerry "The Jerk" Tillman have to be a third-grade teacher for a month; Skip "the Palin" Stam deal with an unwanted pregnancy in his family and Warren "the Hypocrite Extraordinaire" go to a bar and be surrounded by pistol-packing Petes when a biker gang happens by.

But that will never happen. They'll stay ensconced in their cocoons of safety (for example, although they want us to be surrounded by pistol-packing Petes, they will never allows guns at the NCGA), and so they don't (as you point out) have to be responsible for their evil.

"Beyond disgusted" would be a good poster for the next Moral Monday.

"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