...it's about determining where North Carolina's "heart and soul"
is following the recent passage of a controversial $19.7 billion state budget.
During an impassioned 20-minute speech,
Perdue gave her assessment of the "good, bad and ugly"
from the budget and the recent legislative session.
Did Bev mention the rental inspection elimination bill she signed
that probably benefited many of her campaign contributors
at the expense of North Carolina's poorest residents?
"I believe at the end of the day,
it's done some core damage to education in North Carolina," Perdue said.
Like not trying to prevent increased Medicaid costs for North Carolina taxpayers
who may now have to cover more harmed low income renters?
Perdue said the tense budget tug-of-war only serves as the vehicle for discussion,
"not about money, but about who we are as a people."
People who make poor people's homes less safe?
"That's why I'm on the road.
That's what I'm asking you to think about when you look at your children,
what do you want for them as an adult."
Her voice rising with emotion, Perdue said
"we all want it to be better for them than it was for us.
North Carolina, my friends, is going backward on making it better for them.
"This is a debate I can't have for the people of North Carolina.
This is a debate each of you has to have in your own hearts
and your souls about what's important to fight for."
Except for successfull rental inspection programs
that retard the profits of Bev's financial supporters?
She said North Carolina is at another crossroads -- like it was in the 1950s and 1960s
-- where business, civic, educational and elected officials need to talk honestly
about which direction they want the state to go for future generations.
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that he or she does not actually possess,
especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
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especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements
belie his or her public statements.