Pat McCrory pay raises stupid, Republican McCrory inherited Perdue Obama Democrat mess, Perceptions matter, Citizen Wells to McCrory wake up!

Pat McCrory pay raises stupid, Republican McCrory inherited Perdue Obama Democrat mess, Perceptions matter, Citizen Wells to McCrory wake up!

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”…Karl Marx

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32


Pat McCrory, the new Republican Governor of NC is a likeable guy. He inherited a huge mess from former Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue, Barack Obama and the Democrats.

McCrory was raised within approx. 15 miles of where I was raised. Though he is younger than I, he must have been surrounded, as I was, by good people who had some damn sense.

Pat McCrory, what the hell were you thinking?

Perceptions matter.

Despite the fact that you inherited this mess, you just gave high pay raises to staff members surrounding you while average North Carolinians are still suffering.

You made a mistake.

Admit it.

Fix it!

From the Raleigh News Observer January 13, 2013.

“Saunders: McCrory takes care of his own”

“If you saw our new governor live or on television banging away on a drum set with a band at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre last week, you already know Ringo has nothing to worry about.

For further evidence that the governor is tone deaf, all you had to do was read the newspaper the next day and see that Gov. Pat, henceforth known as Gov. Pay Raise, McCrory bestowed sizable raises on the people closest to him while sprinkling a pittance upon those outside his inner circle – you know, the ones who do the actual work.

Six-figure-earning Cabinet secretaries in his administration received raises ranging from 5 to 11 percent right off the bat. Tony Tata and Kieran Shanahan, directors of transportation and public safety, respectively, got bumped from $121,807 to $135,000.

Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it, apparently, if you’re close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the governor’s garment.

Regular ol’ state workers got raises, too – their first in four years. Surely Gov. McCrory cut them a nice slice of that state cheddar, one commensurate with their worth, right?

Nope. They received raises – if you can call them that – of 1.2 percent. If the average teacher’s salary in North Carolina is $46,605, that means his or her salary went up $559.26.

Hmm. One hundred years ago, that would’ve been enough to keep ’em rolling in fatback, flour and sorghum from the General Store to see them through spring. Now, though, $559.26 might feed a family of four for a month – as long as two of them don’t eat.

Oh … nevermind

Do you remember that campaign talk from Gov. McCrory about how we’ve all got to learn to tighten our belts and live within our means?

Nevermind. He apparently wasn’t talking about the high-up muckety mucks. “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion-dollar departments,” he said in an earlier interview with The N&O.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much confidence in the management skills or fiscal acumen of any Cabinet secretary who can’t live off $121,000 a year but who can live off $135,000.

The governor and his supporters will no doubt stress that these selfless public servants – tee hee – could make more money in the private sector. Perhaps some could, although others – judging by recent work histories – would be lucky to find a job wearing a paper hat and nametag and asking “Paper or plastic?””

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