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Three eye-catching and eye-popping numbers jumped out of the paper lately – numbers that truly tell a story.
990. That’s how many dollars an hour the latest expert is being paid to give us the latest “final” report on the UNC academic/athletics scandal. What would it cost UNC to just ask The News & Observer what its investigative reporters found? They seem to have turned up most of the facts, and they probably make less than $990 an hour.
$310,000. That’s what DHHS paid a consultant for less than 11 months of work. His assignment, of course, was to show the state how to save money. 
132: That’s how many of the 170 seats in the General Assembly are regarded as certain to elect either a Democrat or Republican in November. That’s more than 77 percent. In other words, only one-fourth of the state’s voters get a choice.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    One thing I’ve learned in politics is that you can make just about anything sound just about any you want it to.

    I thought about just letting this little post of yours go the way of most skewed posts like this that leave out more information than they present, but heck, I don’t have a whole lot to do right now, so guess I’ll respond to it.

    Yep, that $990/hr. is pretty darn good wages. Great work if you can get it, y’know? I don’t know what all had to be done to get the information they got, but you’re right, it probably shouldn’t have been so costly. However, are you freakin’ serious about just making the findings of some media source’s so-called investigators the final word and gospel on this issue? They have the whole story, right? They’re not going to skew anything based on any political leanings, right? They aren’t going to leave out anything of importance because it might not fit some predetermined outcome that was wanted, right? C’mon. You can do better than that.

    In the AP article in the News & Observer that was also in the Greensboro News and Record about the $310,000 paid to a consultant to make improvements and find cost savings at DHHS, it stated specifically that they found $1.8 million in savings. It said with the improvements, more can also be saved. So, at first blush, that’s a whole lot to dole out to a consultant but it’s kind of like when I had to pay a bunch of money out of pocket to upgrade my heat pump but the return on that investment for us because of the improved efficiency has been more than four-fold to date. I’ve noticed that a lot of democrats just don’t understand the saying: “you get what you pay for”.

    Now, let me talk about the fact that there are very few GA seats up for grabs that aren’t already what people call “safe seats” in political jargon. You say that because of this, only 1/4th of the voters will actually have a choice in who is elected. Um…sorry to break this to ya but many, many of those seats are “safe” because the voters CHOOSE to elect one candidate over the other or have a political preference that they will CHOOSE to make known through the voting process. Now, maybe you’re point in this is that it’s all because of the gerrymandering/redistricting. If that was your point, you should have said something about that. Otherwise, what I’ve said stands true in this and, as such, I disagree people aren’t getting a choice.

    Okay…now I gotta go clean the grill. That’s probably a lot more productive than what I’ve just done here. LOL

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