Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cross Posted from Guarino; "N&R: It's Great News that Guilford is Doing Poorly"

"Some of us could hardly believe our eyes when we read Doug Clark's blog earlier this week.

He was discussing the tier rankings of counties published by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  He noted that Guilford had dropped from the top tier in the rankings.  What was his reaction?

"I suppose that's a good thing, because the county will qualify for more economic development assistance from the state for attracting new businesses."

Let's understand this further.  We are to believe that it is "a good thing" that Guilford County has become more economically distressed because it qualifies us for more government money.  I suppose we could extend this logic further by arguing that the county should descend to the lowest tier, and become even more economically distressed, in order to qualify for even more welfare dollars.

This is analagous to someone hoping that grandma will stay in the hospital longer in order to obtain more Medicare benefits.

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the News and Record's new motto for our area is as follows: We're not Robeson County, but we're trying!"