Audio of Governor Perdue's comments. Does it sound like she is joking to you?
News and Observer -- September 27, 2011 "You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It's a little bit more contentious now but it's not impossible to try to do what's right in this state. You want people who don't worry about the next election."
She needs to explain herself. It's one thing to pontificate with friends about how it would be easier to do things if we had some theoretical change of our system and yada, yada, yada; but she is the Governor of one of the largest States in the Union, she is the Executive Officer of that State, and she is speaking to a leadership group within that state in a formal speech.
I don't support many of the Governor's positions on issues. I didn't like the way that she groveled to President Obama when he came into office or to the pork laden stimulus packages pushed through a couple years ago. We are paying a steep price for all of those Bridge to Nowhere packages where they pushed the problem down the road, while the raging inferno devouring our economy has continued to grow. I also don't support her giving Bob Etheridge a Gravy Train position after he embarrassed the State and his district summarily booted him out of office. I think most of us get tired of these tired old reboots of Freddy Krueger politics.
I do understand the Governor's position of loyalty toward fellow Democrats and one can appreciate her support of the President. She would not have beaten Pat McCrory if not for the coattails of our current President. I also think she and her staff did a very good job during the Hurricane Irene of being responsive towards the needs of those citizens located in the far eastern reaches of our state. I also appreciate that her administration has been far less embarrassing in terms of corruption than the last Governor.
Governor Perdue really hasn't been all that bad of a Governor. She has had issues, such as the airplane scandal involving her campaign in 2007-08, but a Governor cannot control every person in their campaign and/or administration and there hasn't been an administration yet that hasn't had some sort of problem. It seems that when people in her administration became a nuisance towards the public good, then they were shown the door.
The problem with the Governor's thought process on this mindset is that we are living in a time when we have seen pervasive corruption. We have a system where politicians have been encouraged to act in the interests of the connected and multi-national corporations in order to fill their campaign coffers and give them inside information to enrich themselves and their personal interests. You talk about the need to address the issue of jobs, then why don't we talk about "Free For All Trade" and the offshoring of our jobs. All the politicans, both Republican and Democratic have stolen our Social Security and ran up huge deficits to pay for Corporate Welfare, such as the Banking Bailouts and manipulating the tax system to allow these entities to evade taxes at the expense of our jobs. Ma'am, what do you think happened to North Carolina's Manufacturing base? Why don't we talk about leveling the playing field? And what difference will it make to give these people more time? They are either going to do the right thing or not and it is more than apparent that they aren't, so it is time to get people in office that will operate in the interests of the People.
Clue #1: This was a BIG MISTAKE Governor!!!You were sworn into office to faithfully execute the duties of the office you hold and to protect and defend the Constitution. Do you understand how this makes you look?