"I will not support the extension of unemployment beyond July of this year," McCrory told a meeting of the NC tobacco growers. "I think we need to now draw the line."
He will be signing the new overhaul of unemployment insurance rammed through the NC General Assembly in its first hours by Republicans who have either never lost a job through no fault of their own or have never shown any noticeable empathy for any human beings outside their tight circles of privilege.
Republicans are doing this because the state owes the Federal government $2.5 billion, because during the current economic depression, when state unemployment taxes didn't keep up with jobless claims, the state had to borrow the money from the Feds. They had to borrow money because back in the 1990s, when pro-business Democrats ran the state, unemployment taxes on employers were cut to the point where they wouldn't sustain the need of the last few years.
So pile another governmental malfeasance on top of that bad practice and visit it all on the families of North Carolina workers devastated by the George W. Bush economy. Yeah! They're just a bunch of lazy "takers" anyway.
Perhaps we'll come to a time in this state when rich men and their coifed wives, on their way to cotillions and banquets, will have to step through throngs of beggars plucking at their hems for a crumb. The rich won't mind. They like that scenery. It reinforces their sense that God has put them exactly where they belong.