Wednesday, February 13, 2013


When you're engaged in massive revenge (see North Carolina General Assembly), you don't think about consequences. You think about blood.

The Charlotte Observer's editorial board gets that and editorializes about it today:
The legislature’s effort to save the state money is starting to cost the state a boatload of money. 
The N.C. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that overhauls the state’s system for paying benefits to unemployed workers. That needed tackling, but the way the legislature did it unnecessarily costs the state $780 million from the federal government. Lawmakers could have made all the changes they did and still receive the $780 million by delaying them for just six months. 
Gov. Pat McCrory, meanwhile, said Tuesday that he does not want the federal government to pay 100 percent of health insurance costs for 500,000 poor North Carolinians. The House could vote as soon as Wednesday to pass a bill that turns down $2 billion in federal money per year for three years, and billions more in the years after that. 
Um, ladies and gentlemen of the House and Senate, could you stop “saving” us so much money?
Read the whole thing.

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