Pat McCrory pay raises stupid, Republican McCrory inherited Perdue Obama Democrat mess, Perceptions matter, Citizen Wells to McCrory wake up!

Pat McCrory pay raises stupid, Republican McCrory inherited Perdue Obama Democrat mess, Perceptions matter, Citizen Wells to McCrory wake up!

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”…Karl Marx

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32


Pat McCrory, the new Republican Governor of NC is a likeable guy. He inherited a huge mess from former Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue, Barack Obama and the Democrats.

McCrory was raised within approx. 15 miles of where I was raised. Though he is younger than I, he must have been surrounded, as I was, by good people who had some damn sense.

Pat McCrory, what the hell were you thinking?

Perceptions matter.

Despite the fact that you inherited this mess, you just gave high pay raises to staff members surrounding you while average North Carolinians are still suffering.

You made a mistake.

Admit it.

Fix it!

From the Raleigh News Observer January 13, 2013.

“Saunders: McCrory takes care of his own”

“If you saw our new governor live or on television banging away on a drum set with a band at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre last week, you already know Ringo has nothing to worry about.

For further evidence that the governor is tone deaf, all you had to do was read the newspaper the next day and see that Gov. Pat, henceforth known as Gov. Pay Raise, McCrory bestowed sizable raises on the people closest to him while sprinkling a pittance upon those outside his inner circle – you know, the ones who do the actual work.

Six-figure-earning Cabinet secretaries in his administration received raises ranging from 5 to 11 percent right off the bat. Tony Tata and Kieran Shanahan, directors of transportation and public safety, respectively, got bumped from $121,807 to $135,000.

Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it, apparently, if you’re close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the governor’s garment.

Regular ol’ state workers got raises, too – their first in four years. Surely Gov. McCrory cut them a nice slice of that state cheddar, one commensurate with their worth, right?

Nope. They received raises – if you can call them that – of 1.2 percent. If the average teacher’s salary in North Carolina is $46,605, that means his or her salary went up $559.26.

Hmm. One hundred years ago, that would’ve been enough to keep ’em rolling in fatback, flour and sorghum from the General Store to see them through spring. Now, though, $559.26 might feed a family of four for a month – as long as two of them don’t eat.

Oh … nevermind

Do you remember that campaign talk from Gov. McCrory about how we’ve all got to learn to tighten our belts and live within our means?

Nevermind. He apparently wasn’t talking about the high-up muckety mucks. “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion-dollar departments,” he said in an earlier interview with The N&O.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much confidence in the management skills or fiscal acumen of any Cabinet secretary who can’t live off $121,000 a year but who can live off $135,000.

The governor and his supporters will no doubt stress that these selfless public servants – tee hee – could make more money in the private sector. Perhaps some could, although others – judging by recent work histories – would be lucky to find a job wearing a paper hat and nametag and asking “Paper or plastic?””

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55 responses to “Pat McCrory pay raises stupid, Republican McCrory inherited Perdue Obama Democrat mess, Perceptions matter, Citizen Wells to McCrory wake up!

  1. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    CW – This is a perfect example of “All politicians are crooks EXCEPT MINE because he brings home the bacon!” We are in this financial mess because over the years politicians have been giving themselves benefits that were never meant for their constituents and so eventually they complained(constituents) to the point that the politicians figured they would dole out a VERY SMALL percentage of what they had given themselves. Pure & Simple Greed by everyone.
    PS – Check out the retirement benefits for the Governor of N.C. – I am sure they are as SWELL as most federal politicians.
    Remember General George Patton’s quote – “Politicians are the lowest form of life except for liberal democrats. They are the lowest form of politician!”

  2. Mr. Bill.
    I believe that McCrory is ok. Time will tell.
    We all make stupid mistakes.
    When we do we should admit them & correct them & not repeat them.

  3. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    CW – I can’t remember who said that if and when the legislators can set their pay then that will end our form of government. I am afraid that has been going on for years.

  4. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    But I do remember who said this – “The last act of ANY government is to loot the treasury!” – General George Washington

  5. My daughter works at Wake Tech Community College so it looks like she’ll be getting a little raise. But $559.26 won’t feed her family for a month even if three of them don’t eat.

    In regard to another news story out of North Carolina, you people sure take your politics seriously. How much ya wanna bet the guys a Democrat?……..

    Man Runs Car Into Restaurant After Woman Criticizes His Political Views

    Wilmington, NC — A Wilmington man told police he intentionally ran a car into a restaurant Friday after a woman criticized his political views, according to Star News Online.

    Police say at least one person was injured in the wreck that happened just before 11 p.m. Friday.

    The man ran his dark green Honda Civic through the front of Katy’s Great Eats in Wilmington before driving away from the scene

  6. Sandy Hook Scam Confirmed: Hard Evidence of Foreknowledge?
    Sandy Hook — 13 January 2013

    Updated: January 14, 12:00 a.m.
    Sandy Hook was staged. The purpose is to rob Americans of their guns and force them deeper into tyranny. It is also to create a cover-up for the Fast and Furious debacle, where both the Holder Justice Department and the Obama White House will likely be brought up on murder charges. That crisis involved gun running by the Obama White House, which led to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, along with hundreds of others. It was Terry who was murdered while protecting this country by Holder’s Fast and Furious guns.
    To bury the crimes of the Obama regime a cover-up, a scam of unprecedented proportions, was required, and Sandy Hook achieved this. Bit by bit brave Americans, as well as foreign nations, have systematically revealed this scam. They are to be commended for their efforts, many of them researching relentless in their search for not only truth but also justice.

  7. Great!

    James O’Keefe Visits Homes Of Journalists Who Published Names And Addresses Of Gun Owners, Finds Them Protected By Armed Security Guards…

  8. Thanks observer.

  9. Mr. Bill.
    You gotta love Nikki Haley.
    You all are great, thanks.

  10. Good for the sheriff from my former homeland!

    Homespun wisdom indeed!

  11. Mr.Bill………………
    In reading the SC information it seems to indicate that SC might have stolen a little of Mr.Walker’s thunder.(Wisconsin) Remember? Maybe there is a little hope for the state after all.

  12. CW ………..
    Sounds as though Nikki Haley, means what she says! The SC dilemma is nearly a carbon copy of what was the Wisconsin dilemma, and it would not surprise me if the same dilemma was discovered in all of the LIBERAL states.

  13. ……….and NOW all SC needs to do is CLEAN OUT THE MESS that calls itself the ELECTORS

  14. OT, but I am again astounded at the usurper’s inability to even form a coherent sentence. I just listened to a replay of a bit of his presser yesterday re. the gun issue. He stutters, stammers, etc. beyond anything I’ve ever heard. This man’s brain is damaged by drugs, or something.

  15. More on Java
    January 14, 2013

    “Oracle’s Java Fix Fizzles”

    “Oracle rushed out a patch for a Java flaw that was so serious the U.S. government advised users to uninstall the software. The fix might have come too quickly, however. “Developing critical software under pressure has only one consequence — even more bugs,” said Avira data security expert Sorin Mustaca. “I expect to soon see even more bugs and vulnerabilities related to this quick fix.””
    January 14, 2013

    “Security experts on Java: Fixing zero-day exploit could take ‘two years'”

    “Speaking to the news agency, chief security officer of business security company Rapid7 HD Moore estimated that it could take up to two years for Oracle to fix the flaws found in the version of Java used to browse the Internet — not taking into consideration any further exploits that are developed within this timeframe.

    It seems like something of a lost cause, as he advised:

    “The safest thing to do at this point is just assume that Java is always going to be vulnerable. Folks don’t really need Java on their desktop.”

  16. Gordo………….
    We need to be very careful whenever a software FIX is offerred. You could end up with some really nasty stuff being added to your computer without you being aware of it. It could easily be called a PATCH. Just watch out people. There are some real BASTARDS among us who would say or do anything to get control over as many computer systems as possible, then suck your bank accounts dry before you knew what was happening. That is primarily why I Personally do not conduct any business or pay bills using my PC.

  17. ………nor do I use my computer to access my bank account in anyway shape or form. Nothing about my bank accounts has ever been put into my computer,and NEVER WILL BE!

  18. ………Here is another tip….whenever you go to ebay, do not use PAYPAL. Try to find out the mail addy,and the telephone number of the person offerring stuff on ebay,and offer your own payment method,before you bid. They can only say NO. I have been successful MORE THAN ONCE. I do not have to have possession of something OVERNIGHT. Then I use registered mail with RETURN/when I do business over ebay……especially if it involves a lot of money. Then you know that they ACCEPTED the payment. That is 90% of the transaction. The rest of the transaction lies in knowing a little about whatever you are bidding on. But the best deal of all lies in avoiding using EBAY to make any purchases. Yahoo is bad enough, and certainly I must caution people about Craigslist as well. Just be extremely careful,because there are real scammers out there who are more than eager to separate you from your money. The problems are getting MUCH WORSE,and the scams are becoming more difficult to see through, for the average person. Seniors are the most frequent target.

  19. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    I have watched a whole 8 minutes of Obama’s presser from yesterday, and I have to make a few comments and ask a couple questions:

    Obama stated that he had signed in to law in the last 2 years 1.4 Trillion in spending cuts. Can someone, anyone please tell me what has been cut?


    Obama stated, again about the budget, that things will get better when “Everyone does their part”:

    Can someone, anyone tell me WHEN the 48% of the people who pay NO FEDERAL INCOME TAX starts doing “their part”???


    Obama stated about the debt limit that it needs to be raised so that the USA can pay bills that “it is already committed too” then he goes on and on about social security checks, veteran benefits, research blah blah blah, doom and gloom is around the corner if the credit limit isn’t raised:

    How about getting UNcommitted to some of those bills?? How about if the White House has the expanded version of cable TV with the HD channels, how about going back to simple basic cable?

    How about Obama stop taking those 4 million dollar vacations where he hops in AF1 to fly back and forth to DC while spouting about “clean energy” and how someone with 6 kids needs to buy a hybrid.

    8 minutes of listening to him (I know, I’m a glutton for punishment, but I feel it’s my RESPONSIBILITY to be informed)

    I’m going back to the presser now, but I predict that no one will ask him why he’s so for raising the debit limit when in 2006 he was against it, and I bet no one asks him about the documents Holder still has on Fast and Furious (wasn’t there supposed to have been an investigation???), and I bet NOT ONE reporter asks why the Special Missions Center in Benghazi keeps being refered too as a “consulate” when it was NOTHING of the sort. And another thing, is it just me, or has Iran simply vanished from the face of the earth? I thought they were on the verge of nuclear weapons. Seems to be NO concern for that for about a year now.

    I’m thinking Obama wouldn’t want me to be in that room, because I would be escorted out because I asked RELEVANT QUESTIONS.

    One last thing on this comment, I predict that the Republicans CAVE on the debt limit WITHOUT getting spending cuts, and those spending cut decisions will be kicked further down the road.

    I am so sick of our CORRUPT Government.

  20. CabbyAZ………..
    You noticed that too? What else needs to be said? Seeing is for the most part,,,,BELIEVING!

  21. IB…………..
    Regarding the firearms crap that they are spreading, perhaps it is time for SOETORO,AND HOLDER to PRACTICE WHAT THEY ARE PREACHING……..remember FAST AND FURIOUS?…….REMEMBER BENGHAZZI?……..I would have to say PROSECUTE THOSE PERPETRATORS FIRST.

  22. Thanks Gordo

  23. IB, The budget talk is so convoluted (intentionally) so no one really understands what’s going on. I believe when he said spending cuts, what he means is not actually cuts, but nothing added to the already increased baseline. In otherwords, the increases have already been figured in, So in actuality, unless you take down the baseline there is NEVER a cut.

    Go figure. I think I am right about this, but then again, as confusing as they make it…who knows!!!!!

  24. This gun control BS is making me sick…All I have to say is if me or someone close to me is in danger, I would rather have a firearm to stop the threat than a cell phone to call 911. The police generally just investigate a crime, very rarely do they prevent one.

    Or if they want gun control where they try to take our weapons, then ALL weapons must go…that means police, border patrol, armed security, military, etc. See how far that one will go! Maybe then, these idiots will see the necessity for protection at ALL levels.

  25. Interested Bystander


    They create another “crisis” so that we forget about the prior “crisis”, after it is found out that THEY are just as guilty of what they criticize people for doing in public.

    In other words, they criticize the drug cartel for murdering Terry, but then find out that it was a gun that THEY ALLOWED TO WALK that was used in the killing, so then they create another “crisis” ( wasn’t it the Gifford shooting?) so people forget about Terry.

    Anyway, I am currently reading a report on Benghazi, and after about 8 of the 30 some odd pages, I find it quite sickening the “patting on the back”, or the lack of responsibility being pointed out, that it was “just something that happened” type of attitude of this report is NOT what I expect from an INVESTIGATION.

    In other words, from what I have read so far, no one did anything wrong while four American citizens were murdered, and from what I understand sexually abused.

    “Nothing to see here, move along, move along…………………”

  26. As an aside to oldsailors warnings concerning internet transactions and such………….I was informed by someone in the know that anyone who logs on to SKYPE sets themselves up for backdoor intrusions into private data. This person used to work for the World Bank. He/she took part in regular meetings concerning internet security. Please take heed.

    This person takes many more precautions than I do. So I’m wondering if I’m locking the barn door after the horse has already left. Don’t know.

  27. Interested Bystander


    So they call something that isn’t a cut, a cut.

    As oldsailor comments UP is DOWN.

    I only consider it like this:

    If you spent 200 dollars on something this year, and you have a 10% cut, you can only spend 180 dollars next year.

    But NOT in Washington,

    If you spend 200 dollars on something this year, and you have a 10% cut,
    you can only spend 210 dollars next year.

    Go figure…………………..

  28. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    I finished the presser and have a few comments:

    Why is it that when Bush was President, the spending, the wars, the deficits, gas prices, hurricanes, EVERYTHING was Bush’s fault,

    and now that Obama is President, everything is on the Congress?, and NOT just on the Congress, but on a “few” (Obama’s words, not mine) Republicans in the House.


    One word,


  29. Because we have no independent media anymore! All media outlets are owned in part by foreign entities! Might as well cancel your satellite/cable TV journalism is dead.

  30. Meant to stick a period in there. … TV journalism is dead.

  31. Speaking of punctuation…………

    I recently saw a a tee shirt that said:


  32. Interested Bystander

    I’d also like to opine on these things that Obama said he still had to accomplish:

    “Create more jobs”

    Please, please Mr Obama, you’ve done plenty already…………….don’t try anything else……………PLEASE!!!

    “Boost the wages of those who have work”

    It MIGHT help offset the 2% social security INCREASE that was in the fiscal cliff crap bill, or the 6% INCREASE in my health insurance witholding, or the price of gasoline which makes no sense to me because it could be 319 on the way to work, and 359 on the way home, or the price of food and utilities that continue to rise.

    But I have a feeling he wants to “boost” my wages so that he can CONFISCATE more.

    “Reach for energy independence”

    While he won’t allow drilling in the United States and didn’t tell the Department of Energy to allow the Keystone Pipeline.

    What an out and out LIAR this man is

    “Reform our immigration system”

    Amnesty here I come, and it is my opinion that they ADMIT to 11-12 million illegals, but when AMNESTY is given, 60 million will ooze from the woodwork.

    “Give our children the best education possible”

    Again Mr President, the Feds have done enough for education. The best thing you could do for education, would be to SHUTTER the Department of Education, and allow COMMUNITIES to decide what is best taught to their kids.

    Can someone explain to me why I have to pay for someone elses kid to go to school? Does eveyone here understand that we spend on average 11,400 dollars per student per year? And that’s for PUBLIC education.

    11,400 per student, think about it. Where does all of that money go?

    Figure 20 students per classroom.

    11,400 times 20 is 228,000 per classroom, per year.

    Seems to me that we spend PLENTY on education.

    Where’s our return? Illiterate, irresponsible, disrespectful, arrogant pukes whose only social skills involve typing on a phone. And don’t worry youngun, when you get out of school, we’ll pay a police officer to stop the tax paying folks trying to get home after a hard days work, so that you can get out of school.

    Thanks but no thanks Mr Obama.

    and lastly:

    “Do everything we can to protect them from the horrors of gun violence”

    What a croc.

    The only people who follow laws are LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. It doesn’t matter how many laws are passed, it won’t stop someone from getting in, if they want too bad enough.

    I’d say that if there were a school board meeting the day before this tragedy, and it was suggested that an armed security guard should be hired, it would have been voted down.

    The school had a buzz in security system.

    By the way, where’s the video from the school? They have to have video of him coming in to the school. Why hasn’t it been released, and why is no one asking for it to be released??

    I don’t put much weight in the gun murder rates, because probably 80% of those are gang related.

    But the last I read, the Constitution says that gun ownership can not be INFRINGED.

    That’s “ballgame” for me. Over and done, but how would the Supreme Court rule???? I sure wouldn’t want them to decide.

    Obama stated that old worn out saying about “If it can save one kid…………..blah blah blah”, BULLCRAP…….

    Life is NOT without risks, no matter WHERE you are, there are NO guarantees.

    Criminals will still get guns.

    I would suggest that most of the gun murders are committed by someone who wasn’t supposed to have a gun in the first place.

    Ok, I’m stepping off my soapbox.

  33. Interested Bystander


    Stepping back on my soapbox,

    I know I harp on this all of the time, but Obama said in this presser that

    (it’s) “not how our Democracy should work”

    We live in a REPUBLIC,

    A Representative, Constitutional REPUBLIC,

    Maybe Obama needs some “education”.

    And NOT ONE reporter corrected him.

  34. Interested Bystander

    I’m done for the evening,

    Thanks CitizenWElls for giving us this place to come and share our opinions.

  35. Thanks IB for participating.
    Citizen journalism.
    It’s all that we have.

  36. IB………….
    Before you go here is one more thought………Hugo Chavez once publically stated that it wasn’t until he was able to control the media that he was finally able to control Venezuela completely……including the people.

  37. IB re 6;50 PM
    All I ever needed was watching and listening to Soetoro talk to Joe the Plumber. I knew that Soetoro was at that point FULL OF SHI# as far as I was concerned. Then he had the audacity to say that he was going to FUNDAMENTALLY transform AMERICA………..that was when I really got PI$$ED,because I knew that there was no reason to transform America,as it had been doing reasonably well right along.

  38. Jonah…………….
    I think that for anybody to react to criticism by ramming their car into a restaurant would have to be somewhat of a NITWIT. …….but then when I stop to thik about it the word NITWIT is in fact my exact definition of a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. So I would have to conclude that you are probably right.

  39. Citizens File Articles of Impeachment Against Obama
    For sedition against the Constitution

  40. Wheres the biggest topic almost ever and. C w isnt covering it.. Sandy hoax. I was in sandy hook last week on business. Wow is this town creepy. Middle of nowhere, There r 20 or so things in plain sight. That dont nada add up. From day one i knew it was fishy. The timing for one. Dont fall for tv do own research youll find a big fat lie being shoved willinly down your throat

  41. TBT11,

    Mr. Wells DID cover Sandy Hook. Go back to the December 2012 archives and READ.

    I know Newtown and it’s far from creepy; it’s a nice bedroom community that has been changed forever. You might call my town in eastern MA creepy, too.

    What are these ’20 or so things in plain sight?’

    Your post makes no sense.

  42. Good morning Zach, et al.

  43. Thornton Parsons

    Morning, all.

  44. Right Of Armed Self-defense Against Tyranny NOT Negotiable, Mr. Obama
    January 15, 2013 By George Spelvin

    A nationwide appeal has been sent to gun owners and their families asking they go to their state capitol this Saturday, January 19, from noon to 3 p. m. to show support for our 2nd Amendment rights. In Florida, gun owners are asked to meet in the “middle of the state” at noon, at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 334601.

    This urgent call to action is in response to the Barack Obama/Joe Biden/Dianne Feinstein legislative aim of imposing bans on arbitrarily selected groups of firearms and accessories. One North Carolina police lieutenant warns internet audiences that ”We’re in huge trouble.” A devout Christian, the 31 year police veteran tells listeners that “I cry. . .when guns are gone, you won’t be able to worship the Creator. ..gone. . .Freedoms gone.”

    An officer who lives near the site of the Sandy Hook killings is concerned that “We are being set up to confiscate our guns. . .we can’t back away. . .these people are coming at us head on. . .we must tell our legislators…we will not tolerate confiscation or ban[s] on our guns.”

    When asked what he thought about Obama wanting to take our guns, an elderly veteran at a Florida rec hall said “That’s not happening.” Quoting the soldier’s oath, he said. . .”to defend [the Constitution of the United States] against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” He emphasized domestic.

    Firearms trainer and consultant Kelly Alwood would agree with the old soldier. “[Without the Second Amendment] there is no way to resist the government voiding all other amendments,” said Alwood during an interview with the Blaze. “Why should [the government] continue to give you your freedom of speech if there is no one to stop them? It [the 2nd Amendment] is the only safeguard we have to protect us from a tyrannical government.”

    Glad We Pulled All Our Money Out of BOA Months Ago

  46. wasn’t mike zullo supposed to be at the Surprise AZ tea party last night? Anyone hear anything on that?

  47. 35 Statistics About The Working Poor In America That Will Blow Your Mind
    By Michael, on January 15th, 2013

    35 Statistics About The Working Poor In America That Will Blow Your MindIn America tonight, tens of millions of men and women will struggle to get to sleep because they are stressed out about not making enough money even though they are working as hard as they possibly can. They are called “the working poor”, and their numbers are absolutely exploding.

  48. hockeyfan530.
    That was my understanding.
    I have heard nothing.

  49. ‘Gov’t-Sponsored Hoax’: Conspiracy Theorists Harass Man Who Helped Sandy Hook Child Victims
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:52am Billy Hallowell

    Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorists Harass Gene Rosen, Man Who Helped Child Victims

    Gene Rosen becomes emotional as he speaks in an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo Credit: AP

    With tragedy often times comes conspiracy. There are, of course, the 9/11 Truthers and now, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a growing subset of individuals are claiming that the entire tragedy was government manufactured — or that it never happened at all. While reports surrounding these notions have recently surfaced, they appear to be gaining steam.

  50. oldsailor80 | January 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    I think that for anybody to react to criticism by ramming their car into a restaurant would have to be somewhat of a NITWIT. …….but then when I stop to thik about it the word NITWIT is in fact my exact definition of a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. So I would have to conclude that you are probably right.
    According to one of the top commenters at WFMY News, The guy who drove the car is a democrat………….
    Marc Solomon · Top Commenter
    Dont know if shes a Republican or libertarian, but the guy who ran his car into the restaurant turns out to be a registered Democrat,
    # # # # #
    But there are some Democrats who have common sense……..
    Texas Democrat Calls for Impeachment of Barack Obama – Compares Him to Hitler

    Texas Democrat Kesha Rogers wants Barack Obama impeached. Rogers says Obama should be impeached for his “non-leadership” on the issues that matter most to Americans. Rogers says, “Even Hitler would be proud of the polices that are touted by the president.” (she lost the election to a Republican)
    Kesha Rogers released a video recently –
    “Obama is of the personality of an Emperor Nero or Adolf Hitler.”

  51. Carolina Girl

    CW, I greatly appreciate your posts about things happening in our home state. I am not sure where else I would have learned about this. I will certainly be watching “Gov. Pat” closely. I read and learn here every day. Thanks to all who post. It is a great community.

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