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Why would the legislature listen to N.C.’s three most fringe congressmen?

Picture 1North Carolina’s three most liberal members of Congress, whose tenure is ensured by gerrymandered districts made up of a majority consisting of limousine liberals and dependency government parasites, have presumed to tell the state’s newly elected Republican leaders what they should do about Medicaid:

Three Democratic members of the North Carolina congressional delegation have asked state House leaders to defeat a bill passed Tuesday in the state Senate that would prohibit the expansion of Medicaid to cover adults under the Affordable Care Act.

Congressmen David Price, G.K. Butterfield and Mel Watt sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Thom Tillis and House Minority Leader Larry Hall, saying they try not to stick their noses in the General Assembly’s business but worry that Senate Bill 4 poses “a grave threat to our state’s economy and quality of life.”

These three, who never saw a government boondoggle or pile of pork they were against, are major reasons why we’re in the situation we’re in now, especially with programs like Medicaid. Their solution is to keep on keepin’ on, spending, spending, and spending. Every dollar of decrease in growth of a program (it’s never a real cut, you must understand) is calamitous, cruel, and heartless. In fact, they claim, spending more will actually help.

“While we are cognizant of the fiscal challenges North Carolina’s Medicaid program has faced in recent years, expansion will strengthen the fiscal integrity of the program, not weaken it,” the letter states.

These three members of Congress don’t come close to representing the views of most North Carolinians. Their liberal-enclave districts are outliers in every respect. They and their party ran this state for a century, creating most of the dire problems the current legislature now faces. The member of the General Assembly should give their letter the treatment it deserves. Throw it in File 13.

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