Let’s call it what it is: The GOP and those that voted the Republicans in office think that too many people are sitting around collecting unemployment checks and just don’t want to get a job. They’re sick and tired of watching people abuse the system with taxpayer money.
The NC GOP may think they have a mandate to radically change the direction of politics in North Carolina. And, that may very well be true. They won the Governor’s mansion, the state Senate and the House.
Arguably, the NC Democratic Party—to some extent—helped them achieve their goals. We dropped the ball on several plays. (Yes, I’m still in Super Bowl mode.)
I’m not going to rehash horror stories I’ve heard over the past several weeks—other than to say, those stories are real. North Carolinians are hurting. And, some are hurting badly.
Separate what the GOP is doing now from other issues because each is different:
This has nothing to do with a marriage amendment or voter ID. It has even less to do with Ashville and it’s ability to control public nudity. And, my worry today has nothing to do with a woman’s right to care for her own body as she sees fit. Those issues are important and close to all of our hearts, but we have an emergency situation. A situation that needs immediate attention.
Focus on jobs first:
The NC GOP is cutting benefits too hard and too quickly. And, we have no jobs. We’ve had no jobs for a long time. Even if the GOP policies could work it would take longer than six months to warm up private investment and start the economic wheels turning in the right direction.
Abuses don’t equate to these actions:
Are there abuses in the system? Of course. There will always be people who try to take advantage of the system. Just like there will always be a few who will get away with murder and some who speed down I-40 will never get caught. But, just because some people never have to take responsibility for their actions doesn’t mean you need to dismantle the whole justice system.
At the end of the day, we’re dealing with unemployed moms and dads who really want to provide for their children. Single moms and single dads. They want their kids to have enough to eat and they want their family to live in a safe environment. And, kids need to feel protected. They need to know someone cares. They need to feel like someone loves them. Sadly, way too many don’t.
If the GOP really believes in responsibility, they’ll work on jobs first. We can hash out the other stuff soon down the road. This isn’t a cry to kick the can down the road, either. All politicians are guilty of putting off the hard decisions. I’m all about doing the job right. But, first we have to do the right job!