Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Stone Face with the Heart of a Stone

Q In defunding the valuable -- nay, indispensable -- work done by the many non-profits in our mountain community, Watauga County Commission Republicans saved how much taxpayer money?

A .015% of the budget

Watching Commission Chair Nathan Miller's face, as appeal after appeal piled up tonight in the public hearing over the new county budget, I wondered if his heart turned to stone well before his face did, because he certainly showed a stone face tonight. Say anything, he didn't. He didn't need to. His face said it all.

Hospitality House? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

Full-time library staff living on $17,796 a year? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

Children's Playhouse, which supplies valuable programs for growing children, zeroed out in this year's proposed budget? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

The Mountain Alliance? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

The new Appalachian Theater, which has received Town of Boone support but not county support? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

Community Care Clinic? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

High Country Crimestoppers? Nathan Miller doesn't care.

What does he care about? He cares about his ideology, which demands that he care zilch about the pain in the world around him.

May 20, public hearing over the budget. Photo by Lonnie Webster


Anonymous said...

Preach it, Brother Williamson! Amen!

Liberal POV said...

The Watauga County Republicans leaders drunk on power and Limbaugh inhumanity should take a moment to listen to this clip.

meatcamp said...

This new spirit of meanness, this social Darwinist philosophy, is dragging us into the gutter.

Anonymous said...

On WATA radio this morning, Nathan said repeatedly that the average salary of teachers was higher than that of county employees. Has he considered the amount of education required for these jobs in making the comparison?

Meatcamp said...

Sounds like Miller is employing the "divide and conquer" strategy. Republicans repeatedly try to sow discord in the ranks of their opponents. Teachers and other county and state employees are on the same team, despite Miller's disingenuous ploy.