GOP governor: Government should act like a smartphone
May 4th, 2013
08:31 AM ET
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GOP governor: Government should act like a smartphone

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory called on President Barack Obama to grant states more flexibility on issues such as health care and energy during the GOP's weekly address.

The new governor, who was elected in November, said state government can improve if it has the freedom to be more efficient, like a "smartphone."

"Here's what I mean. Today's smartphones are much more efficient and cost effective than earlier models of mobile phones," he said in the address Saturday. "There is no reason why government can't be as customer friendly and cost effective as a smartphone. Ultimately, interacting with government should be as easy as checking the latest scores on the internet or even shopping online."

McCrory previously served as a longtime mayor of Charlotte. The current mayor, Democrat Anthony Foxx, was named this week as Obama's pick for transportation secretary.

North Carolina was one of two states that voted for Obama in 2008 but switched to red in the 2012 presidential election. The switch came despite North Carolina being the host state of the Democratic National Convention and aggressive attempts by the Obama re-election campaign to win the Tar Heel State.

To meet the needs of North Carolinians, McCrory said he needs a waiver to work on Medicaid reform and energy resources in his state. His state rejected earlier this year the Medicaid expansion provision of Obama's health care reform.

He listed another example, saying when he "personally asked" the president in February to expand offshore leasing off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Obama told him "the issue needs more study," he said.

"With all due respect, Mr. President-the time for study is over. It's time to get off the sidelines and allow the states to exert the leadership that will create thousands of jobs, reduce America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil and protect the environment."

"I urge the president to join us in North Carolina where we’re working to make government a partner, not an adversary to progress," he added.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Energy • Health care • North Carolina • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just what we need, right wing governors with unbridled power.

    May 4, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Larry L

    "I urge the president to join us in North Carolina where we’re working to make government a partner, not an adversary to progress,"
    Has the Governor checked his political party lately? Does he know about the over 150 filibusters in the Senate – including Mitch McConnell's filibuster of his own proposal? Has he seen the political theater from the House? How about the "birthers" (still!) in the Congress? How about the politicians rolling over to the N.R.A.? Partners?

    May 4, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All Social Programs should be returned to the states where the people in each state can decide what they want to do with them. Keep them, Modify them, dump them. People have the ability to take care of themselves. Where welfare is needed the state can and should run the programs.

    May 4, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. pkMyt1

    McCory is a local GOP darling. His approach to government, no state funding of road maintenance, no funding of universities, no funding of primary or secondary schools, funding of private schools, no state environmental regulations. He will not allow windmills to generate power off the coast here but he want oil derricks as far as the eye can see.

    May 4, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. AK_Steve

    I think McCory just wanted an opportunity to use the word "smart" in the same sentences as "GOP".

    May 4, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. lottie

    AK Steve that's probably the smartest post I have seem here. I believe you are right. These dinosaurs have no idea what a smart phone is and can't seem to do the will of the people as it is. WE have enough weird governors as it is.

    May 4, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    GOP governors are the very dictators they falsely accuse the President of being. Their power comes exclusively from preying on their weak-minded base, who can barely summon enough collective brain power to tie their shoes.

    May 4, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic idiot–he cut education funding and now talking like an idiot. NC. Get this thug out by no confidence motion.

    May 4, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Jon

    Take a look at how this governor is messing up the my home state and see why he should be that last person given out advice.

    May 4, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. luke,az

    Government could act like a smartphone if the republican party didn't act like a tin can and string phone.

    May 4, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Smeagel4T

    The GOP wanting more flexibility typically means wanting to be able to fulfill the wishes of those who bribe them to increase corporate welfare and handouts, and create even more policies to increase the amount of wealth redistribution from the working and middle classes to the wealthy.

    May 4, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I see the "Self-Appointed Experts" are posting today. Now I don't care if all you "Loons" get Obummuy Care just as long as you pay for it. Oh wait! You are paying for it !. More Taxes, no job, higher food prices, Well you voted for it. But you are a bunch of Smart Cookies, no? So after all the free stuff runs out, what's your next move. I know. You are of the crowd, Don't Know Nothing and Proud of it. Now where's your Nanny ??

    May 4, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Neutral Observer

    Hillary once said it takes a village and she was right. Meaning doing things on a local level makes much more sense. If people are worried that the gov is out of touch, how much more so will a pres who is miles away and even more isolated from local concerns and issues. People will be much less likely to abuse services if when they do it, their neighbors are there to see and realize that they are paying for the abuse rather than the federal govt. The govenors live in these states and if they do not act in the states best interest, they will have to live with it. The president does not live in every state and will most likely not have any attachment to the states well being.

    May 4, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. CAWinMD

    Ray E illustrates perfectly why it's a terrible idea to send social programs back to the states. While we are 50 individual states, we are one United States of America. The federal government should ensure that there is a defined floor across the US where people are guaranteed to get some help. It shouldn't be up to where you live to receive a basic set of benefits. Moving Medicare/Medicaid to the states creates winners and losers depending on where you live. That is unacceptable. If the states are willing to guarantee the federal floor, then by all means let them experiment on how to deliver those benefits. But they should not be allowed to define who gets benefits.

    May 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. rs

    I would remind the Governor of the retail cost of the "smart Phone"., i.e. a small fortune. Further proof that the GOP still thinks "deficits don't matter".

    May 4, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Pandamonius

    Ray E. (Georgia)
    All Social Programs should be returned to the states where the people in each state can decide what they want to do with them. Keep them, Modify them, dump them.

    That was tried once. One party thought that states should have more power than the federal government to decide what went on in their boundaries. The opposing party thought that Federal rights trumped states' rights, and that the Federal government had the power and authority to impose its own laws and rules on states, no matter what those states might want.

    This opposing party, that thought the Federal gov't could impose its wishes despite state rights? They were Republican.

    May 4, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Ann

    Let Nikki Haley DEAL WITH and fix the mess that she and her BAGGERS caused in NC.

    May 4, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Governors in red states are taking away civil rights, women rights and helping repugs win elections by not standing up to the gerrymandering that the rethugs are doing in their states to win elections.
    @luke, az, you are right on.

    May 4, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Name lynn

    The GOP leaders dont know to use a smart phone less known act like smart phones. They sometimes act like lil kids instead of mens an womens.

    May 4, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Donkey Party

    GOP governors are the very dictators they falsely accuse the President of being. Their power comes exclusively from preying on their weak-minded base, who can barely summon enough collective brain power to tie their shoes.
    Republican power-brokers have no other option. You can't win elections with only the votes of the fat-cats with tens of millions in foreign bank accounts. The "weak-minded base" can be motivated with hot-button issues related to gays, guns and god – and costing the fat-cats nothing in dollars. It's okay to lie because they deeply want to believe anything negative about the heathen liberals. It's a sweet deal and the core of the Republican Party plan.

    May 4, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Amusing that the elephants in the photo are decorated like clowns. Are they also running for office under the GOP ticket? Will they fit in the car?

    May 4, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Is the elephant on the left gay? Should we tell somebody?

    May 4, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. NC Back To The 1950's

    Good grief we are becoming the joke of the country since McCrory was voted in. When we travel we don't tell people where we live. When he was Mayor of Charlotte he was a moderate the only way to get elected. But he has now joined the nuts in our state and is power crazy. The good old boys in Raleigh hate our cities and are trying to take the airport from Charlotte which is worth 12 Billion. They hate Charlotte because the people are educated and the city has a lot of people from the northeast.

    May 4, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Name Uche Agonsi

    McCory should go to China for choice of smartphones & for lessons on how fake smartphones have wrecked African economies. The business needs some Govt controls & infrastructures. We are not practising Laissez Fairre.

    May 4, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Pete

    @RatE Georgia,most states do handle their own programs like welfare,food stamps and even Medicaid ..Medicaid and the others are block grants given to each state to disperse of properly amongst their enrollees..It's just a shame states like your Georgia and other red states get more in assistance from the federal government getting over a 2-1 in program money than they give in with federal revenues.Go check out your states return rate on state funding how much they send Uncle Sam and how much your state gets back and I'll tell yah you won't be proud of it after you see it either big boy!!

    May 4, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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