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Survival of the Richest

Downtown Raleigh is just getting back to its normal pace of life this morning, with all of our distinguished representatives of the General Assembly finally back in their respective districts. 

Let them cause trouble at home for a change.  

The General Assembly finished up their work this Saturday.  Well, sort of – they will be back in July to finish up those tiny, itsy-bitsy issues of redistricting and veto-overrides.

But at least for now, we are blissfully free from the invaders and can once again walk down Jones Street at lunch time and not be over-run by roaming gangs of portly white men in cheap suits. 

At least we all survived.  Well, kinda.

There were a few fatalities this session, in addition to the normal causalities of honor, trust, and civility.  Let’s go down the list of those who lost this year:

Women:  Do you think women have a right to choose? Sure… as long as they choose correctly! Thanks to a new bill women would have to wait 24 hours, undergo counseling and have an ultrasound (on their own dime) before having an abortion.  Oh, and Planned Parenthood funding was cut as well. Isn’t motherhood fun?

Children: The budget that was passed by the GA, vetoed by the Governor, and reinstated by the GA, cuts an additional $124m from public education this year, on top of the combined $300m reduction over the past two years, almost certainly placing us 49th in per-pupil spending in the nation.  Oh, and the 100-charter school limit was lifted as well.  If children are our future…

Voters: Want to vote these knuckleheads out of office in 2012? Better read up – the rules just changed.  Voters would have to show photo IDs at polls starting next year.  Don’t have an ID? Better get one!

Immigrants:  Do you look “undocumented”?  Too bad, because a new bill requires employers to run your info through the federal E-verify system, even though the system does not function properly and may falsely label you as illegal even if you aren’t.  Spin the wheel of fate and see what happens!

Workers: Get hurt on the job? You used to be able to at least depend on workers comp to give you a little money to get your through.  But now caps for worker’s compensation payments for most disabled workers are now set at 500 weeks. But that’s fine, right? Because after a few years your permanent disability automatically becomes less permanent – that is how it works, right? 

So, as long as you aren’t yourself, or care about, women, children, voting, immigrants or anyone who works, you survived. 

Kinda.