Speaker Thom Tillis says Republicans “own the economy” and is optimistic: “I think we are seeing some green shoots.”
But Pat McCrory says Governor Perdue owns the economy and it’s “broken.”
Nationally, of course, Republicans say President Obama owns the economy and it sucks.
Obama avoids sounding too optimistic. Democrats say it’s broken because Republican policies broke it.
Two ladies interviewed by the N&O’s John Frank in Pinetops apparently agreed it sucks. They used a word “not fit to print.” Unemployment there is nearly 14 percent.
Maybe they’re in the wrong place. The journal of capitalism, Forbes, says four of America’s top cites for business and careers are in North Carolina: Raleigh, Durham, Asheville and Charlotte.
Senator Bob Rucho says Republican tax cuts will work because: “…everywhere you go you find if you put money back into the economy, you are going to find economic growth.”
But Greg Bethea, the Pinetops town administrator, says his community is feeling only the cuts in the Republican budget – in the schools, a youth development center and rural development.
“We certainly understand they have to make cuts, but when you do it in an area that is so important to the viability of a community … that’s real to us. That’s not theoretical,” he said.
Maybe people in Raleigh should get out more.