There's blood in the water in North Carolina, and someone might be losing their job soon.
Panthers fans are calling for Head Coach Mark Rivera to be fired after losing another game in the final minutes.
Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are calling for Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos to get the axe. (Actually, they want all Republicans in state leadership to lose their jobs - but Wos as the current target shall suffice.)
Who will be first?
What I've learned this year, so far, is that cronyism exists when a Republican Governor hires people he knows. It does not exist when Democratic Governors do it for a century. At the very least it only unethical when the Republican does it.
Now, forgive me, but I am highly skeptical when Democrats cry over large public employee salaries, given their party advocates growing the state and equates higher pay with greater service and professionalism.
I chuckle at the relativist inconsistency when the Left demands higher pay for teachers in order to get the smartest and best people into those jobs - while complaining that pay for a few DHHS employees is too high and undeserved.
"Starting teacher? Pay them $50,000 to prove they are valued. The Director of Communications of a multi-billion dollar orgnization? That $85,000 salary is proof of corruption."
As I've said before, the DHHS hiring issue creates a negative political narrative for Gov. Pat McCrory. It's bad PR, and the Left is hammering away at it. Don't expect it to end any time soon, either.
The Asheville Citizen-Times editorial board wrote on Friday:
Governors traditionally pick out a department of state government, generally one to which they assign a low priority, as a dumping ground for political allies and campaign workers. Pat McCrory’s choice appears to be the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
That’s unfortunate. DHHS provides such services as health care and Medicaid to more than a million North Carolinians.
If the AC-T editors are to believed, governors have been hiring allies into positions for a long time. Keep this in mind when you hear the outrage from the Left over these hirings.
Notice there is no outrage that the practice exists. Nor are the editors too concerned about how long it's gone on. I suspect the real outrage here is that the people who received the gigs are Republicans.
The Left argues that these people are not qualified for the jobs. That might be true. I am no defender of high GovCo. salaries.
However I do not subscribe to the belief that a higher degree makes someone more qualified for a position, either.
Considering the Governor knew these people from their work on his campaign, I suspect he might have a better idea of what expertise they each bring to the table.
But here's the real issue - any new Executive officeholder gets to put the people he or she wants in place to help execute the plan. If they fail at the jobs, they should be fired.
Remember, these same Leftists defended Barack Obama lack of executive experience to be President of the United States, arguing he'd surround himself with people to get the job done.
The issue isn't really about age, inexperience, or salaries. It's about the political affiliations of the people in charge.
So, now Democratic lawmakers are demanding investigations into the hiring practices and the problems inside DHHS:
The politicization is bad enough. Even worse is the way DHHS appears to be falling down on its duties. Computer foul-ups have been delaying Medicaid payments and food-stamp distribution. Some people who should have been getting food stamps have had to be referred to food banks.
Sen. Martin Nesbitt, of Asheville, wants Senate GOP leader Phil Berger to call a special session of the Senate Health Care Committee.
“For the past several weeks, I have grown increasingly concerned by reports of significant irregularities in hiring and vetting processes and salary structure,” Nesbitt wrote.
The No. 1 problem appears to be the secretary. “Wos views the world through an ideological and political lens,” Thomas Mills wrote for Politics NC. “She sees the press as the enemy and she values people who share her beliefs more than people with experience and qualifications.”
OK, first of all - Thomas Mills is a Democratic consultant. Notice the Asheville Citizen-Times editors failed to mention that. I wonder why?
As for the computer problems inside the DHHS - this is not new.
Check out this post from Brant Clifton at the Daily Haymaker:
Go back to January, and you will recall Gov. Pat McCrory talking about the problems with state government IT systems and predicting scenarios like what Atkinson is describing:
Two days after he took office, Gov. Pat McCrory hit the ground running Monday, issuing his first executive order and declaring that the computer systems in various state government agencies need a serious overhaul.
McCrory cited audits of the effort to consolidate state information technology systems in his determination that the systems “are broken in almost every department.” IT problems are most alarming in the Department of Health and Human Services, he said, where they could affect the distribution of food stamps and Medicaid.
“If this new system is not implemented in the way it was initially designed, then we’re going to have some major issues in July regarding our citizens getting the needed services from state government,” he said at a news conference. [...]
So, this was entirely predictable AND predicted. Yet, the media narrative being advanced is that the IT problems are due to the new Governor, his new DHHS Secretary, and the young people hired inside DHHS.
That being said, let's have some hearings and investigations. I am all for sunlight on GovCo operations.
I'd rather see all the allegations laid bare and all the responses made in a public setting, rather than letting the Left and their partners in the media control the story. If the Governor is wise, he'll see the benefit, too.
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.