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North Carolina Gov. Bev "Dumpling" Perdue is leaving the governor's mansion as inauspiciously as she arrived. Unless she does something else her last week, her big move was to pardon the Wilmington 10. The Wilmington 10 had already had their sentences commuted, but they had not been fully pardoned, which means the state no longer believes they are guilty. It wasn't a bad thing to do, but really, she has the power of the governor and that is what she chooses to do, pardon people who have been long forgotten by most.
Looking back at her four years in office, it is hard to imagine why she ran for governor and why in the world anyone voted for her. Perdue's greatest accomplishment as governor may have been staying out of jail herself.
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The head of Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) appointed by Perdue was allowed to step down and become an agent again. It was a political appointment. Having law enforcement in the state run by political appointments is and has been a recipe for disaster. When Pat McCrory is governor he would be wise to save the state some money and simply do away with the entire ALE.
We are not living in the days of moonshiners. The idea that the state has an agency charged with enforcing alcohol laws is not a good use of resources. We don't need separate agencies for each offense.
It would appear that having so many different state law enforcement agencies was just part of the put-every-Democrat-to-work program that the state has been operating under for 140 years.
If you only have one state law enforcement agency then you only have one director's job to give to the brother-in-law of a big supporter. If you have five you can employ five brothers-in-law. So from a Democratic perspective it is five times better.
Using the state government as an employment service for the Democratic Party should stop, and if the Republicans are smart they will end that whole aspect of state government and not just switch over from hiring every donkey in the state to hiring every elephant.
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The Benghazi attack, where the American ambassador and three other Americans were murdered by al Qaeda terrorists who overran the US compound, occurred on Sept. 11, 2012. It is now 2013 and Congress still has not been able to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify. She has been out of town, had colds, a concussion, and now has a blood clot.
It is incredible that she can't find the time and good health to testify. It would be interesting to know why days later she was still blaming a demonstration against a video when the intelligence said the attack was by a group associated with al Qaeda. Was the secretary of state out of the loop? These were her people who were killed. She is the first Secretary of State to have had an ambassador murdered since the 1970s. It would seem like she would want to know the truth about how it happened.
The reports say that the compound didn't have enough security. Has it really taken the federal government three months to figure out that if terrorists can just walk on to an American compound, start killing people and burning buildings without meeting resistance then it doesn't have enough security?
Why weren't the security personnel who were there armed? Why did they have to run around and find their weapons after they were attacked? Why didn't they fire back immediately, or if they did why did they report that they did not?
The goal of the Obama administration is to sweep all of this under the rug and pretend that it never happened. What the Republicans have to do is keep chipping away at it. The American people have a right to know what happened and how it happened and what has been done to prevent it from happening next Sept. 11.
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