Everyone will agree North Carolina has issues to overcome. We have to protect our natural environment. We must do better at educating our young. We must keep our infrastructure in working order. The list goes on and on.
The economy is one of the biggest issues. People want jobs — good jobs — to come here. People want to work, want to be paid fairly and want to be able to afford a decent life. Not extravagant, just decent. It used to be possible.
The legislators in Raleigh swept into power promising jobs, jobs, jobs during the Recession. And what have they done since then? Remember the cuts to education? Do you know about the fight to keep Asheville’s water system under the city’s control? Have you heard about the toxic leaks from Duke’s coal-ash ponds? And now there’s House Bill 2 (HB 2).
What does any of this have to do with bringing jobs into the state? If anything, we’ve been losing jobs. Who wants to move to a state to live downstream from a coal-ash pond in an area where schools are underfunded and employees have no rights? How does taking Asheville’s water system away, legal or not, create more jobs?
It’s one thing to break a campaign promise. It’s another thing to reverse direction and work against it. If you want more jobs to come to North Carolina, vote out the Republican majority and restore some sanity to Raleigh. Don’t do it for me; do it for your kids.
— Mark Bloom