Griftzilla

He keeps ripping us off, keeps ripping us off, he keeps ripping us off

RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory says a pair of 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates.

But the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises after only a few weeks of government service, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were ever advertised to other potential applicants or that other candidates were considered.

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 McCrory insists McKillip and Diaz got their positions on merit, not politics. “They were actually moved over to areas that frankly a lot of older people applied for, too. But frankly, these two young people are very well qualified and they are being paid for jobs at which that’s the pay rate for that job.” A review of job descriptions for similar government positions posted online by the Office of State Personnel show McKillip and Diaz don’t meet the academic or experience requirements to qualify for even entry-level positions in the areas they now oversee. Their pay also exceeds the listed maximums for the most senior listed positions.

What kills me about it is that when the “conservatives” are challenged about this, their responses are as predictable as they are nonsensical:

“Maybe they WERE the best qualified!” – at 24, haven’t been on the planet long enough for this to be true.

“Democrats did the same thing!” – clearly a lie, but even if true, would’ve been something they would have SCREAMED about; now…crickets.

“The Republicans are doing what WE THE MAJORITY sent them there to do!” – again, clearly garbage, but they run with this b/c Tribe Uber Alles.

Make no mistake about it – we are now in a fight for the survival of this state.

50 Years On

Not That We Didn’t Already Know…

…but thanks to Phyllis Schlafly (via Steve Benen):

“The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that “early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.”

The Obama technocrats have developed an efficient system of identifying prospective Obama voters and then nagging them (some might say harassing them) until they actually vote. It may take several days to accomplish this, so early voting is an essential component of the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote campaign.”

They’re not even trying to hide it now – they really have lost their minds.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Small business owners are shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, to discover the “business-friendly” GOP policies don’t include them:

Like many Charlotte-area small business owners, Doug Jones doesn’t know how to digest the N.C. General Assembly’s recent tax policy overhaul.

Even before he and his wife, Sophie, opened Pour Olive, a specialty oil and vinegar shop on East Boulevard, he believed the state’s tax code needed revisions that would make the state more attractive to corporations.

But he worries one of the legislature’s many policy changes – eliminating a $50,000 tax deduction that small business owners can take on their personal income tax returns – could negatively impact some small businesses.

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State Sen. Bob Rucho cites cutting red tape and the legislature’s reducing the state’s progressive personal income tax to a flat 5.8 percent.

“We’ve been working diligently to help small businesses function more efficiently,” Rucho says.

As Reagan suckered the unions, so has the NCGOP suckered the small businessman.  And as a result, the race to the bottom continues unabated.

Time To Get To It

Primaries are here, and Rock The Vote has provided a handy reference graf:

VOTE - while you still can!

VOTE – while you still can!

If the NeoConfederates are to be taken down, it has to start NOW.