Category Archives: North Carolina

NC Governor McCrory unemployment rate drop taken from Obama playbook, Labor force participation rate plummets in North Carolina, Economy created by Obama and Democrat governments not corrected in one year

NC Governor McCrory unemployment rate drop taken from Obama playbook, Labor force participation rate plummets in North Carolina, Economy created by Obama and  Democrat governments not corrected in one year

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

Republican Governor Pat McCrory probably has taken measures to improve the economy and jobs situation in NC.

He inherited a mess from the former convicted Mike Easley administration and pro Obama Perdue government.

However, using Obama tactics to misrepresent the unemployment rate in NC will not help his cause.

From the Greensboro News Record January 7, 2014.

“McCrory: ‘Carolina Comeback’ economic recovery”

“Gov. Pat McCrory touted what he termed as the “Great Carolina Comeback” on Monday as evidence the state’s Republican-authored economic and tax reforms are working.
McCrory was the keynote speaker at the Annual Economic Forecast Forum hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and North Carolina Chamber. The crowd of about 1,000 people at the luncheon were friendly to McCrory’s pro-business message, giving the governor a standing ovation as he took the stage.

“We had the highest tax rates in the Southeast,” McCrory said. “… We think this tax reform, which lowered your corporate tax rates and lowered your income tax rate, will help existing businesses grow and help in the recruitment of new businesses and we’re already seeing a very positive impact.””
“McCrory cited the 2 percentage point drop in the state’s unemployment rate since he took office last January as evidence of the success of his administration’s agenda.

That state’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, which has also declined in the past year. The size of the state’s total labor force has also declined as economists have said many unemployed people gave up looking for jobs, while the number of people actually employed has grown very modestly by about 6,100 workers.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_fe4eeb5a-9ccf-57d7-b50b-6265f99285cc.html

From Citizen Wells December 22, 2013.

“I expect orwellian employment reporting from the Obama controlled US Government. I am less inclined to expect the same from the state of NC.

The unemployment rate fell from 9.5 percent in January to 7.4 percent in November. Yet there were fewer people employed in November than January.”

Why is the following not being reported?

In January of 2013 there were 4,322,922 people employed.

In November of 2013 there were 4,314,502 people employed.

The labor force participation rate plummeted from 63.4 percent to 61.3 percent in the same period.

http://esesc23.esc.state.nc.us/d4/LausSelection.aspx

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/nc-employment-november-2013-fact-vs-fiction-unemployment-rate-drops-from-9-5-to-7-4-percent-jan-to-nov-2013-fewer-working-in-nov-than-jan-labor-force-participation-rate-plummets/

NC employment November 2013, Fact vs fiction, Unemployment rate drops from 9.5 to 7.4 percent, Jan to Nov 2013, Fewer working in Nov than Jan, Labor force participation rate plummets

NC employment November 2013, Fact vs fiction, Unemployment rate drops from 9.5 to 7.4 percent, Jan to Nov 2013, Fewer working in Nov than Jan, Labor force participation rate plummets

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

I expect orwellian employment reporting from the Obama controlled US Government. I am less inclined to expect the same from the state of NC.

The unemployment rate fell from 9.5 percent in January to 7.4 percent in November. Yet there were fewer people employed in November than January.

More on this below.

Once again the Greensboro News record has done a fair job of pointing out that much of the decline in the unemployment rate was due to people dropping out of the Labor Force.

From the News Record December 21, 2013.

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate declined sharply in November to its lowest level in more than five years, the state Commerce Department said Friday, but seemingly inconsistent data raise questions about how many new jobs are actually being created.

The jobless rate of 7.4 percent compares to 8 percent in October and 8.9 percent back in July. The state rate is also inching closer to the national rate, which was 7 percent in November.

The department’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division said the number of people employed in North Carolina grew in the past month by just over 20,000 to more than 4.3 million.

But the labor force itself declined by 8,100, attributed in part to the long-term unemployed giving up on looking for work, said Andrew Brod, a senior researcher within the business school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Over the past 12 months, the labor force has declined by 95,000, while the number of employed has grown by just 6,100, according to division data.

With more detailed industry survey data released showing total nonfarm employment falling by 6,500 positions, Brod said it’s uncertain how much of the drop in the jobless rate is actually due to more hiring.

The unemployment number “looks great, but it’s a continuation of a six-month trend at least in which drops in the unemployment rate are happening mostly because of people leaving the labor force,” Brod said in an interview. “This number looks good, but I take it with a grain of salt.””

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_690e003d-6c30-5704-b651-33e0326c7e63.html

Why is the following not being reported?

In January of 2013 there were 4,322,922 people employed.

In November of 2013 there were 4,314,502 people employed.

The labor force participation rate plummeted from 63.4 percent to 61.3 percent in the same period.

http://esesc23.esc.state.nc.us/d4/LausSelection.aspx

This is good news???

US and NC employment status, December 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor like surprise for investors, Obama economy forces labor dropouts part time and discouraged workers, Greensboro News Record factual report

US and NC employment status, December 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor like surprise for investors, Obama economy forces labor dropouts part time and discouraged workers, Greensboro News Record factual report

“You get a declining unemployment rate. But it appears to be an artifact of people leaving the labor force, not of more people having jobs,”… UNCG Economist Andrew Brod, December 5, 2013

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 
Today, December 7, 2013, is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

America was caught sleeping then.

Many investors and policy makers are sleeping now.

The real employment picture in the US and NC is much scarier than most people realize. Partly due to the biased or sloppy reporting of the mainstream media.

I was pleased to read the recent report from the Greensboro News Record about the employment situation in NC.

It attempts to accurately portray employment in the region and NC.

From the News Record December 5, 2013.

“Area jobless rate at 5-year low, but it’s a complicated number”

“The unemployment rate in the Greensboro-High Point metro area is the lowest it has been since the beginning of the jobs crisis at the end of 2008.

The October unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, compared with 9.9 percent in October 2012. The figures were released Thursday by the N.C. Department of Commerce and are adjusted for seasonal-hiring variations.

It’s the lowest unemployment rate for the region since November 2008, when unemployment was 7.9 percent.

Triadwide, job growth for hotels and restaurants is soaring, but jobs in the region’s bedrock industry — manufacturing — are still declining.

The unemployment rate shows that fewer people in the overall labor force in the region are unemployed. But a disturbing trend has emerged that may cast a shadow over that bright statistic.

The metro region’s total labor force is smaller than it was a year ago.

In October 2012, 375,137 people said they were working in the Greensboro-High Point metro area. The most recent figures show that figure has dropped by 6,650 to 368,487.

Economist Andrew Brod said that suggests the employment picture is deteriorating here because unemployed people have simply stopped looking for jobs and are no longer counted as part of the labor force.

“You get a declining unemployment rate. But it appears to be an artifact of people leaving the labor force, not of more people having jobs,” said Brod, a senior research fellow at UNCG’s Bryan school of business.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/business/article_1f3828e2-5dbf-11e3-9223-001a4bcf6878.html

The labor force participation rate in NC has plummeted 2 percent since January of 2013.

And speaking of labor force participation rate.

It rose slightly in November in the US. Probably an adjustment for the .3 percent drop in the prior month.

The reported US unemployment rate is 7 percent.

Sounds great.

However.

Here are a few reality check numbers.

Since Obama took office in January 2009.

Labor force participation rate.

Jan 2009  65.7 %

Nov 2013 63.0 %

Unemployment rate Blacks.

Jan 2009 12.7 %

Nov 2013 12.5 %

Could only find part time work.

Jan 2009 1,676,000

Nov 2013 2,486,000

Do not be swayed by the mavens of misinformation.

The drop in the labor force participation rate was not caused by baby boomers retiring.

NC Blue Cross Blue Shield rates skyrocket for reinstated Obamacare cancelled health care plans, North Carolina Department of Insurance approved rate increase, Double price inflation of year ago

NC Blue Cross Blue Shield rates skyrocket for reinstated Obamacare cancelled health care plans, North Carolina Department of Insurance approved rate increase, Double  price inflation of year ago

“If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”…Barack Obama

“millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.”…NBC News October 29, 2013

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

From the Raleigh News Observer November 26, 2013.

“Blue Cross rates for reinstated health plans in NC approved”

 

“The state Department of Insurance has approved the rate hikes proposed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for 2013 individual health insurance plans that are being extended next year.

The health plans had been slated for elimination under the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care law, but Blue Cross officials said earlier this month the company would offer the plans next year. President Barack Obama urged insurers to extend the individual plans for one year amid a public outcry over forced cancellations and steep price increases for replacement plans.

After an expedited review, the N.C. Department of Insurance approved an average increase for Blue Advantage plans of 16.4 percent; for Blue Value, 22 percent; and for Blue Options HSA, 23.6 percent.

The increase is double the price inflation for the same health plans just a year ago. But many Blue Cross customers have welcomed the return of the plans.

The extension applies only to Blue Cross customers on individual plans who were enrolled on or before Oct. 1. Those who signed up after will lose their plans at the end of this year. Legislation before Congress would allow all Americans to buy the 2013 plans, not just those who enrolled by the Oct. 1 deadline.

Blue Cross had mailed out more than 151,000 plan cancellations, affecting more than 230,000 customers on those individual policies. The letters listed 2014 premiums under new individual plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act. Some customers saw rate decreases, but many were shaken by increases that doubled and tripled their costs.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/26/3409552/blue-cross-rates-for-reinstated.html

 

 

NC unemployment rate drops due to labor force exodus, Greensboro News Record accurate report, November 22, 2013, 8 percent unemployment rate, Labor force participation rate plummets 2 percent this year

NC unemployment rate drops due to labor force exodus, Greensboro News Record accurate report, November 22, 2013, 8 percent unemployment rate, Labor force participation rate plummets 2 percent this year

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“In the Triad, a number of studies have ranked the area among the nation’s worst in terms of poverty and food hardship.”

““You have the people that were barely making it with 40 hours. Now, they’re below 30 hours and have the same household bills,” Sturdivant said. “And at the end of the day, if they go out and get another part-time job, they still won’t have insurance.””...Greensboro News Record September 2, 2013

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

I heard a radio report yesterday misportray the drop in the NC unemployment rate to 8 percent as good news.

I was pleased to read that the Greensboro News Record provided an accurate report of the dismal jobs situation in NC.

From the News Record November 22, 2013.

“Unemployment rate drops, but fewer N.C. residents are working than a year ago”

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to an even 8 percent in October, which makes for a positive headline.

But there’s a gloomier underside.
Total employment, according to “smoothed seasonally adjusted” numbers, was down from a year earlier, when the unemployment rate was 9.4 percent.

How could that be? Our labor force keeps shrinking. It’s smaller by 77,429, the N.C. Department of Commerce reports.”

“Addendum: “The state’s labor force participation rate — a key measure of labor utilization — fell steadily over that time to the lowest monthly figure recorded at any point since 1976,” John Quinterno says.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/blogs/clark_off_the_record/article_4ba8cf74-539e-11e3-aeb0-001a4bcf6878.html

The labor force participation rate has fallen 2 percent this year!

The unemployment rate has dropped 1.5 percent.

You do the math.

http://esesc23.esc.state.nc.us/d4/LausSelection.aspx

UNCG rec center spending hurts students, More spending like drunken sailors, UNC Greensboro students pay $ 707 to repay construction costs, Rec center portion $ 435

UNCG rec center spending hurts students, More spending like drunken sailors, UNC Greensboro students pay $ 707 to repay construction costs, Rec center portion $ 435

“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”…Margaret Thatcher

“The cost of health insurance will climb from a range of $61 to $77 monthly to a range of $118 to $133 monthly, according to a memo sent from UNC President Tom Ross to the UNC Board of Governors. On an annual basis, most students will pay about $500 to $700 more in 2012-13, depending on the campus.”

“Mallette said the insurance increases are due to the health care usage of UNC system students during the past couple of years, plus federal regulations on preventive care and pharmacy services issued in March. The process is complicated, he said, by the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”…Charlotte Observer May 1, 2012

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

 

I have written about UNCG, UNC Greensboro, spending like drunken sailors before. Once again, in one of the worst economies since the Great Depreciation, they are raising student tuition due to their unchecked spending.

Between the UNCG Administration,  Obama and Obamacare, these students have a uphill struggle.

From the Greensboro News Record October 30, 2013.

“Students to protest fee for UNCG recreation center”

“Some UNCG students and faculty members will speak out on campus today against the university’s plans to build a new recreation center — and the costs that go with it.

UNCG students pay $707 a year to repay construction costs for six existing facilities and one planned building.

That’s the highest debt service in the UNC system.

The bulk of this debt service fee — $435 a year — goes toward a new student recreation center that UNCG plans to build on West Lee Street on the edge of the Glenwood neighborhood. The $91 million facility, more than twice the size of the current rec center, is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Juan Miranda, a UNCG graduate student and alumnus, said the project’s size and cost is too much.

“They’re raising fees to pay for that shiny building that most students wouldn’t want to pay for,” said Miranda, who is organizing today’s event. “Students are having a difficult time staying in school because of a lack of affordability.””

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/article_957c5824-356f-52ad-98d1-acc9f8c0afe4.html

UNCGrecCenter
“UNCG students, faculty protest new recreation center”

“Some UNCG students and faculty members spoke out Wednesday against the proposed construction of a new student recreation center on campus.

Seven people spoke at the event, held in front of the Jackson Library. It drew about 40 people, not including reporters.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/article_24415d04-4181-11e3-a6a2-001a4bcf6878.html

From Citizen Wells August 20, 2012.

“Michelle Obama spoke at UNCG a few weeks ago.

“It means all of our kids should be able to go to college without a mountain of debt.”

“Because of this reform, our children can stay on our insurance until they’re 26 years old. (Applause.) So they don’t have to lose their health care when they graduate and they’re out there looking for a job, trying to build their lives.”

“I want you to tell them how many jobs he created. Tell them how much money he’s put back in the pockets of American people. You can tell them that more of our kids can afford college;”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/michelle-obama-uncg-speech-august-1-2012-obama-lies-job-lies-tax-lies-college-tuition-lies-health-care-lies-student-loans-and-records-hidden/

Obama lies versus Obama reality.

From the front page of the Greensboro News & Record August 20, 2012.

“Registration cancellations rising at UNCG, A&T”

“UNCG about two weeks ago canceled the registrations of about 1,300 students because they had yet to pay their tuition bills — the highest number of cancellations since fall 2009, university officials said.

N.C. A&T is also seeing an increase in the number of students facing cancellation. The schools’ officials attribute their numbers to a variety of factors, including tuition increases and cuts and other changes in state and federal financial aid programs.

“Every lost soul is unacceptable to me, and it really hurts when we have to cancel that many registrations,” said Steve Roberson, UNCG dean of undergraduate studies.

By Friday, UNCG had managed to whittle that number to just 500, according to preliminary data.

But administrators are concerned about the large number of students who are having trouble paying this year.

UNCG Vice Provost Alan Boyette said recently that some students ran into problems because they did not apply for financial aid on time, or their financial aid had not yet been packaged. So, he expected that initial number would be reduced.

He said enrollment this year is “really unpredictable.” The university is gauging payments and registration on a near daily basis to get a feel for what the final number will be, he said.

“We think the timing is clearly related to the current economy,” Boyette said of the number of students paying late.

Sarah Carrigan, UNCG director of institutional research, said Friday that UNCG canceled 1,300 student registrations between July 31 and Aug. 8.

That’s an increase of about 500 over last year at that same time, she said.

As of Friday, about 800 of those students had paid to register again, Carrigan said.

A&T has also had a slight increase in the number of students who risk having their registrations canceled, said Akua Matherson, the university interim associate vice chancellor for enrollment management.

As of late Friday afternoon, the university was scheduled to cancel the registrations of 541 students, Matherson said.

That’s a 2.5 percent increase from last year, she said.

Those students had until the close of business Friday to make some kind of arrangement to keep their registration.

Staff from both universities spent much of the summer reaching out to students who were eligible to return to school but had not registered to find out what their problems are and to offer solutions.

More than 80 percent of A&T students qualify for need-based aid. Staff members have talked to families whose financial situations have changed, such as one parent losing a job.

“Some of our students are looking at some real challenges,” Matherson said.

Deborah Tollefson, UNCG financial aid director, has heard similar stories of parents’ stretched incomes.

She said that counselors steer students away from private loans.

Instead, they inform them of such options as federal loans, part-time campus employment and tuition payment plans if they are having trouble paying.

Tollefson said that UNCG has received a lot of late financial aid applications this year. Students who didn’t have to take out loans two or three years ago are now having to but are unfamiliar with the process, she said.

A&T had 10,590 students enrolled as of Wednesday, the first day of classes.

UNCG’s latest enrollment figures showed an enrollment of 17,800. Students there start classes today.”

http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/08/20/article/registration_cancellations_rising_at_uncg_at

With the Obama economic plan we get higher tuition, much higher health care costs and higher unemployment.

From Citizen Wells February 12, 2012.

“Amid chants of protest from about 100 students, the UNC Board of Governors this morning approved President Tom Ross’ proposal for tuition and
fee hikes over the next two years.

Ross’ plan would raise tuition by an average of 8.8 percent across the system and keeps increases below 10 percent on every campus.”

“Today’s vote caps months of intense debate over tuition, which the system has used in recent years to help make up for legislative cuts to its budget. The
hikes have forced more students to take on extra jobs to pay for school, or drop out altogether.”

“The state mandates that at least 25 percent of the money from the tuition dollars go toward financial aid for needy students. Some board members recently have spoken out about that requirement, saying it essentially calls for students, who themselves may be struggling, to subsidize the education of other students.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/unc-tuition-hikes-university-of-nc-system-raises-tuition-costs-in-dismal-economy-working-students-and-families-pay-others-tuition-income-redistribution-unc-tuition-hikes-university-of-nc-system/

I have met and talked with many college students. Recently a UNCG student, who is struggling to support his family and attend school, confided in me that the recent tuition and health care increases (mandatory health care insurance almost doubled) could force him to leave school.

From Citizen Wells May 2, 2012.

“The UNC system began requiring students to be covered by health insurance in the fall of 2010. Students must either prove that they have their own insurance or buy a plan offered by the UNC system. Before that, 11 campuses required insurance; rates and coverage varied significantly among the schools.

On top of rising tuition and fees, those UNC system students who buy the university-sponsored health insurance plan will face steep premium increases in the next academic year.

The cost of health insurance will climb from a range of $61 to $77 monthly to a range of $118 to $133 monthly, according to a memo sent from UNC President Tom Ross to the UNC Board of Governors. On an annual basis, most students will pay about $500 to $700 more in 2012-13, depending on the campus.”

“Mallette said the insurance increases are due to the health care usage of UNC system students during the past couple of years, plus federal regulations on preventive care and pharmacy services issued in March. The process is complicated, he said, by the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/obama-lies-work-on-unc-students-unc-student-health-care-increase-tuition-increase-high-unemployment-obama-uses-orwellian-language-to-sway-students-occupy-white-house/

From Citizen Wells July 27, 2012.

“Unemployment Rates Increase in 84 Counties in June”

“North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 9.9 percent in June. This was a 0.4 of a percentage-point increase from May’s revised rate of 9.5 percent, and a 1.0 percentage-point decrease over the year.

Over the month, the unemployment rate increased in 84 counties, decreased in 11 and remained the same in five. Thirty-nine counties had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 9.9 percent rate.”

“Guilford County, containing both Greensboro and High Point had an increase from 9.6 to 10.3 percent.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/nc-unemployment-rate-9-9-percent-june-data-unemployment-rates-rose-in-84-of-100-counties-mecklenburg-home-of-democrat-convention-rises-3-percent-to-9-9/

WHAT EVIDENCE DO WE HAVE THAT OBAMA HAD ANY STUDENT LOANS?”

Media lies exposed by Rhino Times, So called Moral Mondays orchestrated by liberals and NAACP, Media following plan of liberal organizations, Media got the memo

Media lies exposed by Rhino Times, So called Moral Mondays orchestrated by liberals and NAACP, Media following plan of liberal organizations, Media got the memo

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”…Joseph Goebbels

“Some people think that the mainstream media are covering the Republican controlled state government in Raleigh based on news judgment or attempts at good journalism. It simply isn’t true. The mainstream media are just following the well-thought-out and well-defined plan of liberal organizations outlined in a memo, many of them heavily funded by grants from the government as well as from left-leaning foundations.”…John Hammer, Rhino Times

 

 

The Rhino Times and other independent news sources, many of which are on the internet, play a crucial role in counteracting the lies and misinformation from the mainstream media.

Here is an excellent example from the resurrected Rhino Times October 3, 2013.

From the editor John Hammer.

“Media Got The Memo”

“The news out of Raleigh since the Republicans took over control of the government this year has a definite slant.

Some people think that the mainstream media are covering the Republican controlled state government in Raleigh based on news judgment or attempts at good journalism. It simply isn’t true. The mainstream media are just following the well-thought-out and well-defined plan of liberal organizations outlined in a memo, many of them heavily funded by grants from the government as well as from left-leaning foundations.

The media has the memo that outlines the plan, which you might think would embarrass them into not being obvious vassals of left-wing organizations, but you would be wrong. Instead they, for the most part, ignored mentioning the talking points that gave them their marching orders, but WRAL News posted the plan on its website back in February, so it’s no secret.

The part that was kept secret is that the mainstream media didn’t choose to inform the general public that the path they were following was laid out not by newspaper editors or television producers, but by an organization of liberal activists. As one might suspect this has led to reporting that can at best be called biased and, according to many on the right, it is downright dishonest.

It is impossible to believe that it is a coincidence that the liberals who make up the majority of the mainstream media just happened to be following the liberal plan nearly to the letter.

A great example are the Moral Mondays in Raleigh during the North Carolina legislative session that were presented by the mainstream media as a grassroots movement of people who were so opposed to what the Republican majority was doing that they couldn’t stop themselves from going to Raleigh for spontaneous protests.

As the conservative think tank the Civitas Institute has reported, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) agreed that the Moral Mondays were not “spontaneous action.” He attributed the protests that received front page coverage week after week in the mainstream media as the result of a meeting of a coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street that coordinated the events.

The mainstream media week after week ignored the organization and presented the demonstrations as the result of people simply being drawn to Raleigh to protest.

The majority of the voters of North Carolina indicated they were in favor of the turn to the right that the legislature took because they went to the polls in 2012 and not only elected a Republican governor but large Republican majorities in both the state House and state Senate.

After the Republicans took over, the mainstream media acted shocked that the Republicans did much of what they said they would do when they were out campaigning. Some conservatives complained that the Republicans didn’t do enough, but what they did accomplish in Raleigh in one term is remarkable.

The NAACP acted like they were being left out of the legislative process because of race. The truth is that the NAACP long ago decided to tie itself to the Democratic Party. While the Democrats were in power it gave the NAACP an inordinate amount of power. The Democrats didn’t have the votes to pass partisan legislation without the support of the NAACP, and a big chunk of Democrats couldn’t win an election if they were opposed by the NAACP. As long as the Democrats were in power it made good political sense and gave the NAACP more power than their numbers would warrant.

The downside of that strategy was that the NAACP politically became an organization that was not devoted to the advancement of blacks, as the name suggests, but devoted to the advancement of Democrats. Time after time the NAACP supported white Democratic candidates over black Republicans. If the NAACP were really in favor of the advancement of minorities it would support good minority candidates regardless of party, but that is not what the NAACP chose to do, and at the time the NAACP made that decision it made political sense. Unfortunately for the NAACP leadership, they didn’t foresee the Republican juggernaut coming.

So when the Republicans took over the state government with big majorities in both houses and a Republican governor, it left the NAACP and other Democratic organizations out in the cold, because they were Democrats not because of race.

Why should the Republicans listen to the NAACP? They were all elected despite fierce opposition at every turn from the NAACP. It’s just politics.

But the mainstream media didn’t report that because the mainstream media, like the NAACP, had long ago aligned itself with liberal ideology and the Democratic Party.

It’s a good story that Moral Mondays were created by a statewide meeting of liberal organizations, not some grassroots effort, but the mainstream media chose to ignore that fact, and week after week reported on the protests and arrests as if it was what it was billed to be – a group of people who went to Raleigh because they were so upset with the Republican actions.

The plan by liberal organizations to cause as many problems for the Republicans in Raleigh as possible is no secret. It was posted on the website of WRAL in February, but it has largely been ignored by the mainstream media.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/the-weekly-hammer.html

 

Rhino Times, Rhinoceros Times back in print, October 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, John Hammer editor, Roy Carroll publisher, Not manipulate news, Produce a quality weekly publication

Rhino Times, Rhinoceros Times back in print, October 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, John Hammer editor, Roy Carroll publisher, Not manipulate news, Produce a quality weekly publication

“Obama is by character and preference, a dictator…Like Hitler, he needs a powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise…Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.”…Orson Scott Card, Rhino Times May 16, 2013

“An ominous new development within the HJ was the appearance of HJ-Streifendienst (Patrol Force) units functioning as internal political police, maintaining order at meetings, ferreting out disloyal members, and denouncing anyone who criticized Hitler or Nazism including, in a few cases, their own parents.” …TheHistoryPlace.com

“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”…Adolf Hitler

 

Great News!

The Rhino Times, formerly The Rhinoceros Times, is back in print in NC.

John Hammer, the editor, will continue to reveal the truth about local politicians as well as Obama, et al.

I met with John this morning and congratulated him.

Roy Carroll, a local real estate developer, is the new owner.

“Roy Carroll Takes On New Job”

“As the publisher of the new Rhino Times, a position I’m not yet completely comfortable with, I was asked to say a few words about the vision of our publication. First, let me assure my high school English teachers I will not be contributing weekly to the paper’s content.
I would like to emphasize that this is a new venture and regular readers of The Rhinoceros Times will see dramatic differences between that paper and the Rhino Times.”

“My job at the Rhino Times is not to manipulate the news but to give our seasoned staff the resources they need to produce a quality weekly publication that is hard hitting and also entertaining. I will not be dictating the day-to-day content of our paper, though at times I intend to toss John ideas on stories that I think might be interesting to our readers – just as anyone else has the right and is encouraged to do.

In the end, John will decide which stories to cover. I will not have any say when it comes to local political endorsements. I have made clear to the staff that they are to make endorsement decisions in a “vacuum” without outside influence, including from me. This includes my commitment to refrain from funding the campaign of any local candidate. I am not comfortable with the idea of the publisher of a paper that makes political endorsements also funding local candidates, so I will not contribute to any local political campaigns.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/publishers-column.html

From John Hammer October 3, 2013.

“President Barack Hussein Obama drew a red line in the sand and made it clear that if Syria used chemical weapons there would be reprisals. He then said that the US would attack Syria and that it would not be a pinprick. Then he decided he would ask Congress if it thought it was a good idea to attack Syria. Then he decided not to ask Congress and then he decided to essentially do nothing and let the Russians handle it by pretending to inspect.

So the next time Obama gives an ultimatum to a country is there any reason for that country to pay any attention to him? If he follows through the next time, the country will claim discrimination because he didn’t follow through on Syria.”

“Obama was never vetted by the press for a host of reasons, but a contributing factor was that once he appeared on their radar screens he was the apparent Democratic nominee and they didn’t want to find out anything bad about him because that might hurt his chances of beating the Republican in the fall.
What the Republicans should have learned is that they are not going to get a moderate elected president. The Republicans need to nominate someone so conservative that the mainstream media cringe when they have to say his or her name. The Democrats learned their lesson. Obama is not even close to being a moderate. He is as far left as any Republican even being considered is to the right.”

“One huge cause of the problems with Obamacare that seems to be somewhat lost in the current implementation is that nobody expected the Obamacare bill as it originally passed to become law. The normal route for a sweeping bill of this nature is for one house of Congress to pass a bill and then for the other house to pass a similar bill, and then there are endless negotiations between the two until they come up with something that both sides can pass. Later, revisions are made as the bill is honed into something workable.

Because in the midst of the Obamacare debacle the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the only way to pass the bill was as it passed the first time with no amendments or changes. So the bill that is supposed to reform health care in the United States is unfinished and wasn’t read by the people who voted for it. The truth is they didn’t know what they were voting for but there was tremendous pressure to get it done because it was the only chance they had to pass the bill. The death of Sen. Ted Kennedy and the special election to replace him is what changed everything. No one expected Kennedy to be replaced by a Republican, ending the Democrats unchallenged rule in the Senate so quickly. Obama and the Democrats can’t admit that even they don’t want the entire bill to go into effect because they don’t have the votes to go back and amend it. So they are forced to support a law that they know is going to have to be changed, but the Republicans aren’t going to pass any amendments, so the Democrats are stuck defending a bill they know to be terribly flawed.

Obamacare as it is being implemented may be enough to put the final nail in the coffin of a struggling economy. It encourages businesses to hire people for less than 30 hours a week and avoid the cost of providing health insurance. It’s a no-brainer for small businesses that employ a lot of people in low-level positions, like restaurants.

We could become a part-time economy where it is typical for people to have two and three jobs. It is also going to be a huge drain on the economy because it isn’t going to be cheaper, as Obama promised, and the smart thing for young people to do is nothing until they need health care and then sign up.
Health insurance is a huge mess, but it’s hard to see how this is going to make things better.”
“The American people never find out what was really going on in a presidential election until long after the votes are counted. But now we are learning how Obama outwitted Mitt Romney and the Republican Party during the election. While Romney was campaigning in a traditional fashion, traveling around the country making speeches, Obama was doing the same, but he was also quietly working on two fronts that brought in enough votes to get reelected.
One was that Obama was using his power as president to buy votes. All presidents do this to a certain extent, but Obama took it to new levels in a number of areas, including food stamps and cell phones. A voter who just received an Obama phone is far more likely to remember to go to the polls and vote for the man who is responsible for providing that phone. Obama more than doubled the amount of money spent on providing Obama-phones to a staggering $2.1 billion. The same for food stamps. Obama increased the number of people on food stamps by 70 percent.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/under-the-hammer.html

Corrupt Obama Justice Dept sues NC over voter law, NC law does not discriminate, Law applies equally to all citizens, Revenge for NC rejecting Obama in 2012 elections?

Corrupt Obama Justice Dept sues NC over voter law, NC law does not discriminate, Law applies equally to all citizens, Revenge for NC rejecting Obama in 2012 elections?

“According to the 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, the unemployment rate for non-Hispanic black residents in North Carolina was almost twice the rate for non-Hispanic white residents (19.2% compared to 10.5%).”…Eric Holder’s US Justice Dept lawsuit against NC

“‘the Framers of the Constitution intended the States to keep for themselves, as provided in the Tenth Amendment, the power to regulate elections.’”

“The Voting Rights Act sharply departs from these basic principles. It suspends “all changes to state election law—however innocuous—until they have been preclearedby federal authorities in Washington, D. C.” Id., at 202. States must beseech the Federal Government for permission to implement laws that they would otherwise have the right to enact and execute on their own”… Chief Justice Roberts, Shelby County, AL vs Holder, Attorney General, et al 

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

The corrupt Obama US Justice Dept. led by Obama’s pal Eric Holder is sueing the state of NC over its recent changes to the voter laws.

First of all I would like to thank Eric Holder for helping to highlight the impact of the Obama Administration on blacks in NC.
“According to the 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, the unemployment rate for non-Hispanic black residents in North Carolina was almost twice the rate for non-Hispanic white residents (19.2% compared to 10.5%).”

Eric Holder claims that the new NC voting law changes are discriminatory.

“Provisions of HB 589
23. HB 589 makes several significant changes to North Carolina’s election law. Among other changes, HB 589 alters existing law by reducing the number of early voting days available to voters, eliminating same-day voter registration during the early voting period, and prohibiting the counting of provisional ballots cast by voters who attempt to vote in their county, but outside their home precinct. HB 589 also imposes a new photo identification requirement for in-person voters.

“the discriminatory impact of photo identification requirements on minority voters, and the challenges people encounter in obtaining the underlying documentation needed to acquire the types of photo identification that would be required by the proposed law.”

“Implementation of HB 589 Will Have a Discriminatory Result”

“The reduction of the number of days of early voting and elimination of the first seven days of early voting, including the first weekend days of early voting, will have a discriminatory impact on African-American voters in North Carolina.”

http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/646201393013723793555.pdf

Legal definition of discrimination.
“In Constitutional Law, the grant by statute of particular privileges to a class arbitrarily designated from a sizable number of persons, where no reasonable distinction exists between the favored and disfavored classes. Federal laws, supplemented by court decisions, prohibit discrimination in such areas as employment, housing, voting rights, education, and access to public facilities. They also proscribe discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, nationality, disability, or religion. In addition, state and local laws can prohibit discrimination in these areas and in others not covered by federal laws.”

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/discrimination

The NC voting laws are clearly not discriminatory. They apply equally to all citizens.

A fifth grader can understand that.

From Gateway Pundit September 30, 2013.

“So, will Holder sue the majority of US States?

  • 14 states allow straight party voting. North Carolina now joins the 36 other states that do not.
  • 15 states allow NO early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. (Those include NY and Mass)
  • 32 states allow early voting ranging from 4 days prior to election day to 45 days with an average 19 days. North Carolina allows 10 days but requires the same number of hours of early voting that was available in 2012 and 2010 when the early voting period was 17 days.
  • Only 1 state allows same day registration during early voting. NC was the only other state to allow this and has now joined 49 states in not allowing same day registration during early voting.
  • 11 states allow same day registration on Election Day. North Carolina does not.
  • 5 states allow 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote. 45 states do not, including now, North Carolina.

Illinois and Delaware require voter ID. Hawaii has even stricter voter ID requirements. Why is Holder not suing those states?”

Read more:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/09/hyper-partisan-obama-doj-to-announce-suit-against-north-carolina-voting-laws/

FURTHERMORE

Even though the recent US Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, AL vs Holder, Attorney General, et al addressed the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice Roberts emphasized the constitutional provisions giving the states most of election powers.

“Outside the strictures of the Supremacy Clause, States retain broad autonomy in structuring their governments and pursuing legislative objectives. Indeed, the Constitution provides that all powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government are reserved to the States or citizens. Amdt. 10. This “allocation of powers in our federal system preserves the integrity, dignity, and residual sovereignty of the States.” Bond v. United States, 564 U. S. ___, ___
(2011) (slip op., at 9). But the federal balance “is not just an end in itself: Rather, federalism secures to citizens the liberties that derive from the diffusion of sovereign power.” Ibid. (internal quotation marks omitted).
More specifically, “‘the Framers of the Constitution intended the States to keep for themselves, as provided in the Tenth Amendment, the power to regulate elections.’” Gregory v. Ashcroft, 501 U. S. 452, 461–462 (1991) (quoting Sugarman v. Dougall, 413 U. S. 634, 647 (1973); some internal quotation marks omitted). Of course, the Federal Government retains significant control over federal elections. For instance, the Constitution authorizes Congress to establish the time and manner for electing Senators and Representatives. Art. I, §4, cl. 1; see also Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Ariz., Inc., ante, at 4–6. But States have “broad powers to determine the conditions under which the right of suffrage may be exercised.” Carrington v. Rash, 380 U. S. 89, 91 (1965) (internal quotation marks omitted); see also Arizona, ante, at 13–15. And “[e]ach State has the power to prescribe the qualifications of its officers and the manner in which they shall be chosen.” Boyd v. Nebraska ex rel. Thayer, 143 U. S. 135, 161 (1892). Drawing lines for congressional districts is likewise “primarily the duty and responsibility of the State.” Perry v. Perez, 565 U. S. ___, ___ (2012) (per curiam) (slip op., at 3)(internal quotation marks omitted).
Not only do States retain sovereignty under the Constitution, there is also a “fundamental principle of equal sovereignty” among the States. Northwest Austin, supra, at 203 (citing United States v. Louisiana, 363 U. S. 1, 16 (1960); Lessee of Pollard v. Hagan, 3 How. 212, 223 (1845); and Texas v. White, 7 Wall. 700, 725–726 (1869); emphasis added). Over a hundred years ago, this Court explained that our Nation “was and is a union of States, equal in power, dignity and authority.” Coyle v. Smith, 221 U. S. 559, 567 (1911). Indeed, “the constitutional equality of the States is essential to the harmonious operation of the scheme upon which the Republic was organized.” Id., at
580. Coyle concerned the admission of new States, and Katzenbach rejected the notion that the principle operated as a bar on differential treatment outside that context. 383 U. S., at 328–329. At the same time, as we made clear in Northwest Austin, the fundamental principle of equal sovereignty remains highly pertinent in assessing subsequent disparate treatment of States. 557 U. S., at 203.
The Voting Rights Act sharply departs from these basic principles. It suspends “all changes to state election law—however innocuous—until they have been precleared by federal authorities in Washington, D. C.” Id., at 202. States must beseech the Federal Government for permission to implement laws that they would otherwise have the right to enact and execute on their own, subject of course to any injunction in a §2 action. The Attorney General has 60 days to object to a preclearance request,longer if he requests more information. See 28 CFR §§51.9, 51.37. If a State seeks preclearance from a three judge court, the process can take years.
And despite the tradition of equal sovereignty, the Act applies to only nine States (and several additional counties). While one State waits months or years and expends funds to implement a validly enacted law, its neighbor can typically put the same law into effect immediately, through the normal legislative process. Even if a non covered jurisdiction is sued, there are important differences between those proceedings and preclearance proceedings; the preclearance proceeding “not only switches the burden of proof to the supplicant jurisdiction, but also applies substantive standards quite different from those governing the rest of the nation.” 679 F. 3d, at 884 (Williams, J., dissenting) (case below).
All this explains why, when we first upheld the Act in 1966, we described it as “stringent” and “potent.” Katzen
bach, 383 U. S., at 308, 315, 337. We recognized that it“may have been an uncommon exercise of congressional power,” but concluded that “legislative measures not otherwise appropriate” could be justified by “exceptional conditions.” Id., at 334. We have since noted that the Act “authorizes federal intrusion into sensitive areas of state and local policy making,” Lopez, 525 U. S., at 282, and represents an “extraordinary departure from the traditional course of relations between the States and the Federal Government,” Presley v. Etowah County Comm’n, 502 U. S. 491, 500–501 (1992). As we reiterated in Northwest Austin, the Act constitutes “extraordinary legislation otherwise unfamiliar to our federal system.” 557 U. S., at 211.”
Is this just another Obama administration race baiting move or retribution for NC rejecting Obama and the Democrat Party in 2012?
What a bunch of morons.
In their zeal to attack the state of NC they reveal the plight of blacks under Obama.
“According to the 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, the unemployment rate for non-Hispanic black residents in North Carolina was almost twice the rate for non-Hispanic white residents (19.2% compared to 10.5%).”
Thanks to commenter Jonah.

US and NC economy and jobs much worse than reported, Bernanke exposed the fragility of the US economy, Media under reports, Financial markets ignore, It is about people and families

US and NC economy and jobs much worse than reported, Bernanke exposed the fragility of the US economy, Media under reports, Financial markets ignore, It is about people and families

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“The Labor Force Participation Rate in NC has dropped 1.6 percent in 2013.”…Citizen Wells

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

 

 

I have tried to report the reality of the economy and jobs situation in the US and my home state of NC.

Even though I write about and comment about politicians, I am pretty much apolitical.

After all, what happens in this country is about people, their families and their lives.

I was touched recently by this ad in Craigslist.

“IM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER PAYMENTS ON MY WHITE 2008 KIA SPECTRA. THE PAYMENTS ARE AROUND $225 PER MONTH. IT IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH AROUND 80,000 MILES ON IT. I RECENTLY LOST MY JOB AND CAN NO LONGER MAKE PAYMENTS. MAKE A REASONABLE OFFER AND IT IS YOURS!”

This is not a statistic.

It is a real person who has lost a job.

I know and I am certain that you know people who have been affected by the job market and economy.

From Citizen Wells September 20, 2013.

The article from Independent Review Journal, in a series of graphs, paints a picture of the true state of the economy and the changes in the past 5 years.

  • There are 12.6 percent more part time jobs and 4.6 percent fewer full time jobs.
  • Even with part time workers being counted the stated unemployment rate is 7.3 percent instead of 5 percent.
  • The labor force participation rate has plummeted 3 percent.
  • The average length of unemployment has risen from 17.7 weeks to 37 weeks.
  • Median household income has dropped $ 5,000.

Read more:

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/us-economy-healthy-obama-democrat-economic-policies-helped-12-6-more-part-time-jobs-high-unemployment-labor-force-plummeted-average-length-of-unemployment-more-than-double-median-household-in/

I would like to thank Zero Hedge for this article.

“What Bernanke Did”

“What Ben Bernanke did by not Tapering was expose the fragility of the US economy for all to see. His actions, Mises Institute’s Peter Klein explains in this brief clip, based on the premise that the US economy was not capable of sustaining any reduction in the $85 billion per month stimulus free-money, means once again “the economy is so dependent on artificial stimulation from the central bank… that the economy is in another artificial boom just like the artificial boom we have been trying to get out of.” Critically, for all those proclaiming the US as a “cleanest shirt,” Bernanke proved them wrong (and exposed the fallacy of data such as the unemployment rate and jobless claims as having any value – as we have explained).”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-21/what-bernanke-did