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From the Trenches, A Reminder: Don’t North Carolina Virginia

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Here’s yet another example of how low you can go if you capitulate to the Tea Party and their benefactors in Virginia this November. North Carolina just reversed a despicable position that had meant North Carolina’s WIC recipients wouldn’t have help during the partial government shutdown. But it shouldn’t gone gone “there” in the first place. It’s a disgrace.

In the face of a partial government shutdown, those receiving food under the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) were left hung out to dry, or rather starve. Every other state in the nation gave their WIC recipients vouchers to buy food, but not North Carolina. And in true Tea Party form, Aldona Wos, the righteous radical wrong-wing horror that is the head of our state DHHS (who has crippled our state Medicaid program both by policy and incompetence) blamed guess whom?  Why the President of course.  

Every other state figured out how to deal during this crisis but not Aldona. Makes you wonder where Pat McCrory drudged up members of his administration, doesn’t it? Oh, yeh, they are the storm troopers of austerity and minions of Art Pope and Ayn Rand. But, it’s the President’s fault (not!). Her week-late and dollars-short no-can-do approach only gave way when she stood alone in the nation in Draconian contempt for the hungry.  Today, I am happy women and their children finally got their vouchers.  Otherwise, anyone who is happy with this admin has to want gross neglect and incompetence.

Amid all this, the governor (for the rich) Pat McCrory is outfitting his mansion’s bathrooms with marble and other enhancements priced at over a quarter of a million dollars (on the taxpayer’s dime). Let them eat nothing, while he luxuriates at our expense. Oh, yeh, and, remember, Pat McCrory cut unemployment benefits and refused free federal aid to add a half million more poor North Carolinians for Medicaid. So they don’t get it just because McCrory was spiting the President. How low can one go? You have to really hate the poor to behave like this. The program was free for three years and NC would have only had to pay 10% of the cost thereafter. Ditto Aldona Wos, who because of her contempt has no business running NC DHHS.

Please, don’t North Carolina Virginia.  It’s gonna take a generation to undo what harm they have done here in just a couple of years since the Tea Party took over the GA and one year since McCrory won the governor’s race.  Keep fighting, Virginia.  The margin needs widening.

  • DJRippert

    Kathy:

    I’d be interested in hearing what happened in North Carolina – politically speaking.  Just a few years ago North Carolina seemed a lot like Virginia – an urbanizing state that was shifting from red to blue.  Then, all of the sudden, it sounds like it went back to red again.  What happened?  

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    The Tea Party too the legislature in 2010, a feat accomplished due to low Democratic turnout. Therein lies the problem leading to everything else.  

    Up through 2012, the TeaPublicans pushed some terrible bills, including killing off a large portion of the racial justice act (the final blow happened this year).  They passed the most homophobic bill in the nation.  (Note, however, no one can stop tot he depths of Ken Cuccinelli for trying to re institute criminal penalties for sodomy and oral sex.  He basically tried to criminalize all gay people, and many heterosexual couples too. And they paved the way for fracking.  All three of those bills happened in very short order in spring 2012 (shortly after we had put in an offer on our home in NC).

    The Teapublicans got to do the redistricting. Then, following the state high court’s approval of the horrendous gerrymander, the brakes came off and things got much worse (as if early 2012 wasn’t already bad).  Dems turned out for the 2012 election.  Indeed many of them voted for democratic congresspersons.  But due to the radical gerrymandering, and despite a million more votes statewide cast for Democratic Congressional candidates, nearly all the Dems lost.

    The onslaught of radical lawmaking continued in overdrive. There is a way to overcome the gerrymandering. It is  predicated on who votes and who doesn’t.  If we can get all those not voting registered (and make sure they have their documents), then we have a chance.  This is why the GOPhers are now trying to suppress the vote.  They know that if Dems vote they will lose.

    Trouble is it will still take probably decades to undo the damage.  But who knows…. Stranger things have happend.  Just this year. Onward…