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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:35 PM

Startling Hypocrisy from Gov. McCrory on Higher Education


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January 29, 2013

Contact: Clay Pittman - 919-821-2777 (ext. 304)

Gov. McCrory: Good Enough for Me But Not You

Startling Hypocrisy from Gov. McCrory on Higher Education.

This morning Gov. McCrory appeared on a nationally syndicated radio show to take aim at the state’s university system and it’s flagship university in particular.

The Governor espoused a “passion” for education policy during his 2012 campaign, citing having had a teaching certificate over 30 years ago and despite having never taught in a school a day in his life. Today, what he really meant by that passion was given full form. After supporting Republican budgets the last several years which dramatically cut education by over $1 billion with cuts to UNC-Chapel Hill alone which totaled more than $100 million, Governor McCrory now suggests he wants to go further.

McCrory’s hypocrisy on the subject was on full display during the Governor’s interview with Bill Bennett (full audio available here), noting that he is the holder of a liberal arts degree himself:

“At the same time, McCrory seemed to contradict himself, saying he supported a liberal arts curriculum. ‘I do believe in liberal arts education,’ the Catawba College graduate said. ‘I got one.’” (News & Observer, 1/29/13)

This continues Governor McCrory’s attitude of elitist and out-of-touch hypocrisy from the man that has promised economic recovery. Just a few weeks ago when defending pay raises for his cabinet members making up to three times the average income of a North Carolina family, McCrory response was:

“I'm trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion departments," McCrory said.”

It is unclear how Governor McCrory’s disparaging of the state’s higher education system to the rest of the nation fits into his economic recovery plan which he said would be his top priority despite having taken no substantive action nearly a month into office.

“Apparently Governor McCrory’s education policy, just like his economic policy, is that there is one standard of rules for people like him and another for the rest of us,” Said NCDP Spokesman Clay Pittman. “As the states top-elected leader it’s deeply disappointing that he would use airtime on a nationally syndicated show disparaging the public education system that has for so long been the pride of our state. It seems that the Governor’s understanding of education issues expired more than thirty years ago with his unused teaching certificate.” Pittman concluded.

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(I knew it was only a matter of a very short time before this cretin started destroying our state universities)

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ProfessionalLeftist Jan 2013 OP
atreides1 Jan 2013 #1
ProfessionalLeftist Jan 2013 #2
zazen Jan 2013 #3
bluemarkers Jan 2013 #7
barbtries Jan 2013 #4
nc4bo Jan 2013 #5
FBaggins Jan 2013 #6
Dconserve Jan 2013 #8

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:02 PM

1. So what is it with the South?

It appears that they still have the delusional belief that they are some kind of nobility and so much better then everyone.

What makes it even worse is that this type of attitude seems to be accepted by the electorate, because they keep electing idiots like this to be their liege lords and masters!

Are people in the South willing to watch their own children go hungry or without adequate health care, just so they can be proud of owing allegiance to a bunch of ass bags who have convinced them that sacrifices need to be made, and those sacrifices must come from the voters.

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:07 PM

2. Don't ask me. I'm originally from Cali and Michigan

I live here 'cause this is where my job currently is. And that's all.

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 07:08 PM

3. NC has a comparatively progressive history

thanks in some part to keeping their asses from total power over the past decades. I'd say century, which would be technically accurate, but of course the early 20th century Dems were hardly liberal in the way we understand it today, though the governors then were well ahead of their time in terms of public works.

NC leadership (including Terry Sanford) led the vision of the Research Triangle Park in the 50s, which has become the envy (and model) of the world. Our public university system is superb--oh, and then there are the privates, including Duke.

We were ahead of several states on university integration (though not nearly soon enough of course).

Now that the GOP and McCrory are in charge, with Art Pope the Budget Director, thanks to Koch funding, the SCOTUS decision, and Obama's lack of energized leadership on Wall Street Reform in the first year in office (I'm repeating what progressive former House members have said), they are trying to systematically undo the safety net for the poor as well as the intellectual backbone of this state, which they've always despised. They HATE most of the liberal arts faculty at the universities with a passion, unless they are NAS shills.

The Triangle area and the urban hubs of the other universities have passionate progressive movements. But GOP gerrymandering cost us our most progressive Rep (and a national leader in financial reform) as well as many other progressive Dems their seats in the State legislature.

We have a massive uphill battle on our hands.

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Response to zazen (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:20 AM

7. Amen to that!

What these nut jobs are thinking/proposing will tear the state apart!

I'm really pretty afraid for our state.

I don't blame Obama though, Easley and Edwards handed the gop plenty of ammo. The Democrats shot themselves in the foot, and then in the hand.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:42 PM

4. ugh

it's so hateful. what can we do?

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Response to barbtries (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:20 PM

5. Saw the news story today......I didn't hear any mention of McCrook's liberal arts degree...

(from what I understand) but I did noticed he thought learning Swahili (or any non-English language I thought to myself) as being a waste of tuition.

OMG the hypocrisy is astounding and just think, he and his crook pals are just getting started.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:23 PM

6. I find it very hard to believe

that this startles anyone.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:13 PM

8. Really!!


So, he wants to fund schools based on value and merit?? What a novel concept! Let's move more money towards schools and programs that prepare our younger generation for becoming successful, income earning, contributing members of society! I am sick and tired of my money going towards grants for spoiled kids that want to study BS subjects, only to graduate and suckle off the teat of the working man....

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