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Analysis – Examining the Record: Is Alabama Governor Bentley a “Jobs Creator” or a Drag on the State Economy?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, April 12, 2014

When campaigning for the office of Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley – a retired dermatologist physician who at the time was an elected representative from Tuscaloosa County – promised if elected governor that, “I will forgo a salary as state representative for the rest of my term and will not accept a salary as Governor until Alabama reaches full employment.”
ref: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/06/robert_bentley_extends_no-sala.html

When pressed on the matter, he later defined “full employment” as having state unemployment somewhere around 5%. It is a promise to which, as of the date of this entry – 12 April 2014 – he has kept. In other words, Alabama has NOT reached “full employment,” and he has not been paid a salary. He has, however, been compensated for out-of-pocket expenses (the governor’s office has a budget, so why would he personally have any such expenses for work in an official capacity?), though he has received – as legislator, a legally-mandated $1.00 per month salary. Since his election to the governorship, he has not received a salary.

Let’s examine Governor Bentley‘s employment record.

During Governor Robert Bentley’s watch, International Paper – the large paper mill formerly known as Champion Paper, in Courtland, and the largest employer in Lawrence County – closed and cost the area economy & state 1100 jobs. Those jobs were high-paying, with excellent benefits and retirement accounts. Those affected were not just employees, but loggers, private timber owners, area schools, public services, and more. Almost half of the annual budget for the small town of Courtland comes from bond payments from International Paper. The budget for Lawrence County could lose $1.7 Million annual payment in lieu of taxes, the county’s General Fund could lose $400,000 and the school system nearly $900,000 annually. The issued bonds were purchased in large part by Champion, and International Paper, which purchased Champion, is responsible for the bonds, according to David Ringelstein, of Balch & Bingham attorney group in Birmingham.
ref: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/09/international_paper_largest_em.html
ref: http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/lawrence_county/article_b7c44240-990f-11e3-b306-001a4bcf6878.html

Alabama Unemployment Statistics, February 2014 in 11 of Alabama's Metropolitan areas statewide. Figures provided by the Alabama Department of Labor.

Alabama Unemployment Statistics, Civilian Labor Force Data, February 2014, in Alabama’s 11 Metropolitan areas statewide. Figures provided by the Alabama Department of Labor.

Recently, Hillshire Brands, parent firm of Sara Lee, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, and others, announced recently that by year’s end (2014) they would be closing their Florence operations at a loss of 1100 jobs to the tri-county area (Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin). That long-time business was also renown for their good-paying jobs with accompanying benefits. Those whose livelihoods were affected include area industrial suppliers, contract trucking operators, Florence City Schools, Lauderdale County, et al.
ref: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/04/hillshire_brands_to_close_flor.html

Three of the state’s well-known newspapers – Huntsville Times, Birmingham News and Mobile Press-Register – all owned by Newhouse News/Advance Publications (parent firm of Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast, Vogue, Vanity Fair, reddit.com, American City Business Journals, etc.), in a “realignment” effort, practically ceased operations, fired numerous staff – a total loss of 400 staff jobs statewide – and reduced print publication to three days per week. Those whose jobs were affected were not just AL.com employees, but suppliers, paper carriers, truck drivers and many, many more.
ref: http://blog.al.com/al/2012/06/alabama_newspapers_alcom_notif.html

Pilgrim’s Pride, a chicken processing plant in Boaz (Marshall County) has been a major employer for that Northeast Alabama area. They announced in November 2013 that they would be closing their doors of operation January 2014 and laying off their entire workforce of 1200.
ref: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/reports_pilgrims_pride_poultry.html

1100 + 1100 + 400 + 1200 = 3800

Those four are perhaps among the most well-known, but there are others.

Let’s turn to an official source for the record.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development – ADECA – and their Workforce Development Division, which is charged with keeping such records.

Source: http://adeca.alabama.gov:42042/wdd/warn.aspx

NOTE: The total in the official chart below is 19,390 – Jobs Affected during Governor Bentley’s term. However, it is by no means exhaustive.

70 Closings

43 Layoffs

Average number of employees affected per event = 171.59.

TOTAL = 19,390.

To date, there have been at least 113 businesses in Alabama with Layoffs or Closings since Governor Bentley was sworn into office on January 17, 2011.

(It wouldn’t be fair to only mention job losses, so additional details on jobs that Governor Bentley has brought to Alabama follow the official chart below.)

Closing or Layoff Initial Report Date Planned Starting Date Company City Planned # Affected Employees
Layoff * 4/2/2014 6/8/2014 Wayne Farms, LLC Dothan 560
Layoff * 3/17/2014 5/4/2014 Tyonek Services Group, Inc. Madison 161
Closing * 11/26/2013 1/24/2014 Pilgrim’s Pride Boaz 1154
Closing * 11/5/2013 12/20/2013 Steelscape Fairfield 62
Layoff * 11/4/2013 11/30/2013 KBR Selma 73
Layoff * 10/22/2013 12/6/2013 Alabama Pain Center Huntsville 80
Closing * 10/1/2013 12/18/2013 JC’s 5 Star Outlet Decatur 41
Closing * 9/17/2013 11/11/2013 Twin Pines, LLC Jasper 60
Layoff * 9/17/2013 11/11/2013 Rock Mountain Mining, LLC Birmingham 53
Closing * 9/11/2013 12/4/2013 International Paper-Courtland Mill Courtland 1100
Closing * 8/23/2013 10/20/2013 Wells Fargo Homewood 374
Closing * 8/20/2013 10/6/2013 Belle Foods-Store 51 (Hoover) Hoover 60
Closing * 8/20/2013 10/6/2013 Belle Foods-Store 84 (Tuscaloosa) Tuscaloosa 50
Closing * 8/20/2013 10/6/2013 Belle Foods-Store 310 (Mobile) Mobile 59
Closing * 7/31/2013 9/29/2013 Preferred Health Holdings (@Ridgewood Health Care) Jasper 141
Closing * 7/22/2013 10/4/2013 Benteler Automotive Opelika 115
Layoff * 7/9/2013 9/9/2013 Drummond Co., Inc. Shoal Creek Mine Oakman 425
Closing * 7/1/2013 8/28/2013 Birmingham Logistics (Belle Foods) Birmingham 203
Layoff * 6/28/2013 7/7/2013 Birmingham Logistics (Rouse’s Enterprises) Birmingham 182
Closing * 6/19/2013 7/22/2013 Sodexo (campus of Oakwood University) Huntsville 75
Closing * 6/17/2013 7/11/2013 Bechtel Power Corporation Hollywood 83
Closing * 6/14/2013 10/1/2013 Cooper Lighting Eufaula 285
Closing * 6/4/2013 7/29/2013 Russell Brands, Inc., Coosa River Distribution Wetumpka 191
Closing * 5/17/2013 7/12/2013 Tuscaloosa Resources Inc., Swann’s Crossing Mine Brookwood 67
Closing * 5/9/2013 7/8/2013 Standard Furniture Frisco City 157
Closing * 5/1/2013 4/30/2013 American Apparel-Oneonta Oneonta 200
Layoff * 4/29/2013 5/15/2013 Sodexo (campus of Univ. of Montevallo) Montevallo 51
Layoff * 4/16/2013 6/11/2013 Millard Refrigerated Services Theodore 100
Layoff * 4/8/2013 5/31/2013 West Asset Management Mobile 140
Layoff * 4/5/2013 6/21/2013 SiTEL Andalusia 144
Closing * 4/2/2013 3/15/2013 American Apparel-Opp Opp 200
Closing * 3/21/2013 5/19/2013 Fairfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC Fairfield 201
Closing * 3/15/2013 3/15/2013 North River Mine (Jim Walter Resources) Brookwood 176
Layoff * 3/15/2013 5/15/2013 AT&T Alabama Birmingham 67
Closing * 3/11/2013 5/7/2013 Shiloh Industries, Anniston Mfg. Plant Anniston 68
Layoff * 3/1/2013 5/3/2013 Vantage Sourcing Inc. Taylor 215
Closing * 2/26/2013 2/19/2013 KC Economic Development, LLC Shorter 207
Closing * 1/30/2013 4/2/2013 Eaton Corp Decatur 63
Closing * 1/15/2013 3/10/2015 Kmart Corporation Anniston 52
Closing * 1/7/2013 3/5/2013 Russell Brands, LLC-Decoration Operations Alexander City 390
Layoff * 1/7/2013 3/6/2013 Athenahealth Birmingham 36
Closing * 1/3/2013 3/2/2013 Grede Castings, LLC., Inc. Marion 105
Closing * 12/14/2012 3/1/2013 Sodexo Tuskegee 124
Layoff * 11/26/2012 1/21/2013 Rock Mountain Mining , LLC Bessemer 187
Layoff * 11/8/2012 1/6/2013 General Dynamics-Land Systems Anniston 252
Layoff * 11/7/2012 11/7/2012 Insight Card Services, LLC Birmingham 71
Closing * 11/5/2012 11/6/2012 Heartland Catfish Greensboro 150
Layoff * 11/1/2012 12/31/2012 DRS Test & Energy Management, LLC Huntsville 84
Closing * 11/1/2012 12/31/2012 CMI Door Division/JELD-WEN Ozark 70
Layoff * 9/25/2012 10/8/2012 American Apparel Inc. Selma 250
Closing * 8/31/2012 10/27/2012 American Power Source Fayette 119
Closing * 7/10/2012 9/7/2012 Big Springs, Inc. Huntsville 87
Layoff * 6/20/2012 8/17/2012 The Huntsville Times Huntsville 103
Layoff * 6/20/2012 8/17/2012 Mobile Press Register Mobile 181
Layoff * 6/20/2012 9/30/2012 The Birmingham News Birmingham 109
Layoff * 6/11/2012 7/31/2012 Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anniston 134
Closing * 5/30/2012 6/4/2012 RG Steel, LLC Fort Payne 15
Layoff * 5/25/2012 6/30/2012 G4S Government Solutions Inc. Anniston 57
Closing * 5/7/2012 7/6/2012 Hostess Brands, Inc. Chickasaw 18
Closing * 5/7/2012 7/6/2012 Hostess Brands, Inc. Birmingham 63
Closing * 5/7/2012 7/6/2012 Hostess Brands, Inc. Statewide 172
Closing * 4/24/2012 6/25/2012 AAR Mobility Systems (formerly Summa Technology) Cullman 181
Closing * 4/23/2012 6/29/2012 Johnson Controls Cottondale 103
Closing * 4/16/2012 4/18/2012 Connexion Technologies Gulf Shores 38
Layoff * 3/23/2012 5/21/2012 Earthgrains Bakery Co., Mobile Mobile 115
Closing * 3/21/2012 5/21/2012 Earthgrains Baking Co., Dothan Dothan 124
Layoff * 2/22/2012 4/20/2012 MBM Foodservice Montgomery 78
Closing * 1/25/2012 4/3/2012 Golden Living, or Southern Billing Office Birmingham 38
Closing * 1/20/2012 3/1/2012 Leggett & Platt Inc. (aka Garcy Corp.) Piedmont 117
Closing * 1/10/2012 2/1/2012 Hartselle Medical Center Hartselle 184
Layoff * 1/10/2012 2/1/2012 Anniston Army Depot Anniston 975
Layoff * 1/9/2012 3/9/2012 American Apparel Fort Deposit 181
Closing * 1/6/2012 1/13/2012 Syncreon Vance 312
Closing * 12/6/2011 1/31/2012 Birmingham Southern Railroad Company Fairfield 181
Layoff * 12/5/2011 1/31/2012 The Boeing Company Huntsville 164
Layoff * 11/16/2011 1/16/2012 Wayne Farms LLC Decatur 363
Layoff * 10/31/2011 12/30/2011 BAE Systems, USCS-Anniston/2 Anniston 155
Closing * 10/17/2011 12/14/2011 Radicispandex Corporation Tuscaloosa 89
Layoff * 8/11/2011 10/1/2011 ERC, Inc. Huntsville 210
Layoff * 8/11/2011 10/1/2011 InfoPro Corporation Huntsville 210
Layoff * 8/1/2011 10/1/2011 Jacobs ESTS Group Huntsville 281
Closing * 7/20/2011 11/18/2011 Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Huntsville 67
* 7/20/2011 9/15/2011 Northrup Grumman-Maxwell/Gunter Annex Montgomery 51
Closing * 6/27/2011 7/31/2011 AC Fabricated Products-Grove Hill Grove Hill 70
Closing * 6/13/2011 6/14/2011 Knauf Insulation Lanett 146
Closing * 6/9/2011 7/30/2011 RockTenn (formerly Smurfit Stone) Birmingham 77
Layoff * 5/27/2011 8/31/2011 Flextronics Americas LLC Statewide 26
Layoff * 5/16/2011 7/13/2011 Recticel Interiors N.A., LLC Tuscaloosa 40
Layoff * 5/13/2011 7/1/2011 Johnson Controls, Inc. Cottondale 42
Closing * 5/12/2011 7/1/2011 K and K Food Services Huntsville 63
Layoff * 5/11/2011 7/22/2011 United Space Alliance (USA) Huntsville 45
Closing * 5/9/2011 5/9/2011 Team One Contract Services Prattville 71
Closing * 5/3/2011 3/27/2012 PEMCO World Air Services Dothan 319
Closing * 5/3/2011 4/27/2011 Sanderson Plumbing Products Butler 50
Layoff * 4/27/2011 7/4/2011 Inteva Products Gadsden 72
Closing * 4/7/2011 8/5/2011 Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Huntsville 100
Layoff * 3/16/2011 7/1/2011 URS (Westinghouse) Anniston 840
Closing * 3/16/2011 6/2/2011 Dillard’s, Inc. Decatur 71
Closing * 2/17/2011 4/15/2011 Alabama Aircraft Industries, Inc. Birmingham 321
Layoff * 2/15/2011 3/4/2011 Heartland Alabama, LLC Greensboro 200
Layoff * 2/14/2011 4/14/2011 Abitibi Bowater Coosa Pine 150
Closing * 2/7/2011 10/2/2011 Beaulieu Group LLC Eufaula 392
Closing * 2/1/2011 9/5/2011 WestPoint Home Inc. Greenville 183
Closing * 2/1/2011 2/20/2011 Gildan Fort Payne 279
Closing * 1/31/2011 4/1/2011 Chugach World Services, Inc. Redstone Arsenal 45
Layoff * 1/31/2011 3/31/2011 Northrop Grumman Redstone Arsenal 97
Closing * 1/28/2011 2/4/2011 Genesee TriStarr Inc. Rogersville 69
Closing * 1/27/2011 4/1/2011 Chugach World Services, Inc. Redstone Arsenal 317
Closing * 1/26/2011 4/4/2011 ABB, Inc. Muscle Shoals 159
Closing * 12/29/2010 1/21/2011 Loparex Cullman 70
Closing * 12/10/2010 2/1/2011 Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Huntsville 202
Closing * 11/22/2010 1/18/2011 Micolas Mills (Johnston Textiles-2) Opp 135
Layoff * 11/8/2010 1/6/2011 Mid-South Electronics, Inc. Gadsden 50

To his credit, Governor Bentley has influenced the following jobs to come to Alabama.

Cooperage (barrel-making) operations for Brown-Forman, parent firm of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, in Stevenson (in Northeastern Alabama) & Trinity (near Decatur).
The Stevenson operations “currently employs 29 people and also does business with approximately 40 different area loggers. Plus, Russell said, the company conducts extensive business with the local community.”
ref: http://www.madeinalabama.com/2014/03/brown-forman-stevenson-mill-project/

“Brown-Forman and Jack Daniel’s officials joined with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in Montgomery, AL, to make the formal announcement today. The Jack Daniel Cooperage is expected to be operational in May 2014, and it will eventually employ approximately 200 workers.”
ref: http://www.brown-forman.com/news/releases/release.aspx?rid=1462

“The facility at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile will be used to assemble the industry-leading family of A319, A320, and A321 aircraft. The entire project represents a $600 million total investment and is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs within the production facility when it reaches full capacity. In addition, the construction phase of the project is expected to create nearly 3,200 construction-related jobs over a three-year period.  Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013. Aircraft assembly is projected to begin in 2015. By the year 2017, the facility is expected to produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year.”
ref: http://www.aidt.edu/2012/07/02/governor-bentley-airbus-executives-announce-alabama-manufacturing-facility/

“Toulouse, France-based Airbus is investing $600 million in the Mobile Aeroplex production center, where it will employ 1,000 workers. The Alabama Department of Commerce and Mobile area economic developers are working to attract suppliers and service providers to the facility.”
ref: http://www.madeinalabama.com/2014/02/airbus-alabama-construction-milestone/
Ed. note: Airbus “full capacity” is expected to be reached in 2017. The 3200 construction jobs (over a three-year period) will have been long gone, which will then give way to 2000 jobs – a net loss of 1200 jobs.

“Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) will expand to the old Chrysler building in Huntsville, and create more than 2,000 new jobs within the next ten years. Governor Bentley joined Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides and other state and local leaders for the official announcement.”
ref: http://www.remington.com/pages/news-and-resources/press-releases/2014/Corporate/RemingtonOutdoorCompanyAnnouncesExpansiontoAlabama.aspx
Ed. note: Remington anticipates 2000 jobs / 10 years = 200 jobs/year (.5479 jobs, or 1/2 job per day each year) – Since the announcement, there has been no hiring. Some folks can’t wait ten years for a good job.

“In the same year (2011), an additional 313 manufacturers, already in the state, announced expansion plans that would create another 12,369 new jobs and pour $2.5 billion in capital investment.”
ref: http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/11/smallbusiness/manufacturing-alabama/index.htm
Ed note: While it seems plausible, and one would want to believe it, there is little, if any, officially substantiated record of such a claim. Further, the state’s Unemployment Record does not bear out such a claim, facts & figures are noticeably absent, thus making any such assertion specious. Regarding documentation of jobs created, Alabama has an abysmal historical track record on such data collection & record-keeping, among other areas, and further, has no state agency to collect, maintain or analyze such data.

Reports by the Alabama Department of Labor on Historical Civilian Labor Force Data statewide %age Unemployment Rate (seasonally adjusted, unadjusted rates are higher) monthly rates for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 are as follows:
Ed. note: Each %age point represents approximately (at least) 21,000 people.

2011 – in %
J-8.9 F-8.9 M-8.9 / A-8.8 M-8.8 J-8.8 / J-8.7 A-8.6 S-8.3 / O-8.0 N-7.6 D-7.3
2012 – in %
J-7.1 F-7.0 M-7.0 / A-7.1 M-7.3 J-7.4 / J-7.4 A-7.3 S-7.1 / O-7.0 N-6.8 D-6.8
2013 – in %
J-6.7 F-6.6 M-6.6 / A-6.5 M-6.4 J-6.5 / J-6.5 A-6.5 S-6.4 / O-6.3 N-6.2 D-6.1

ref: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/LAUS/11on13.pdf
ref: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/LAUS/12on13.pdf
ref: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/LAUS/13on13.pdf

According to the Alabama Department of Labor in Alabama Labor Market News, as of February 2014, Alabama Unemployment stands at 6.4%, which remains above the rate cited as “full employment” by then-candidate Bentley when he was campaigning for the governor’s office. The national unemployment rate is 6.7%.
ref: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/Newsletter/LMI%20Newsletter.pdf

There is, perhaps, a solitary bright spot in an otherwise bleak jobs & economic picture, and it is of Alabama’s burgeoning beer brewing industry. Alabama was the last state in the union for which the legislature crafted, and Governor Bentley signed, significant changes to prohibitive & restrictive laws on home brewing, which hobby has often become entrepreneurial opportunities. In their 2013 Annual Report, the Alabama Brewer’s Guild reported that direct employment in licensed craft brewing operations increased from 8 in 2010, to 121 in 2013. And the ABG’s own economic research found that indirect employment in Alabama’s growing craft brewing industry indicated 2,466 jobs were created in the wider industry. Still, legislative hurdles that stifle innovation and growth remain significant hindrances to economic opportunity and expansion – particularly limited are brewpub operations.
ref: http://albeer.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The-State-of-Alabama-Beer.pdf


Under Governor Bentley, the promise of jobs and economic recovery has been precisely that – a promise. If anything, the decline in Alabama’s Unemployment Rate has been the result of a national trickle-down economy – here a drip, there a drop and a dribble. It has not been from anything the governor or legislature did. And the only bailout was for Wall Street and Big Business. There was no bailout for Average Joe and his family. Consequently, there have neither been any sudden, substantial reversal in the fortunes for Alabamians statewide during Robert Bentley’s governorship, and the few jobs the governor has brought have been low-paying, low-education, low quality jobs. By their own admission, some factories that will be built in Alabama are at least three years to a decade away from being fully staffed. Alabamians can’t wait 10 years for jobs.

Alabama continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to placing importance upon education, and ensuring that all children statewide have an equal opportunity to excel. Meanwhile, in addition to opposing higher standards for K-12 schools which the GOP-dominated state legislature has already termed “failing,” the state’s GOP-led legislators continues to tilt at the proverbial windmills of illegal immigration, in the false belief that the state is run amok with job-stealing “wetbacks,” who again, the GOP-dominated state leadership would deny opportunity of starting their own businesses by denying them business licenses through HB56 and other now-largely-rendered-moot laws. Thus, the state leadership has shot themselves in the foot again. They waste Alabama tax-payers’ time, and do little or nothing to earn their keep.

Alabama’s legislators – Republican AND Democrat – must wise up, and change the state’s topsy-turvy regressive income tax system which taxes the poor at a higher rate than the wealthy (it is highly documented as THE MOST regressive tax system in the nation), and provides uncompensated tax giveaways for Multi-National Corporations (in essence, a taxpayer-funded lottery for corporate bigwigs in which the taxpayer cannot participate).

State government is largely reactive, rather than proactive when trouble troubles Alabama residents. Alabama must secure a vision for itself, not merely for a select, private country club few, and not merely for the next three years – coincidental with the election cycle.

Expansion of the state’s physical infrastructure – roadways, waterways, electrical power grid, airports and healthcare – would provide jobs in the private sector (requiring raw materials and manpower), and immediately stimulate local and area economies, and increase economic opportunity for generations to come. One critically important factor in that equation is Internet access. For years, the state has provided itself and it’s agencies with High-Speed Internet access by and through the Alabama Super Computer Center. However, when the legislature wrote the law creating and funding the center – which leases time on the SGI UV, SGI Altix and DMC computers to external organizations, and shares time with state agencies – by law, it cannot provide (sell) access to residences. Businesses can and do lease time, but the ASC is prohibited from providing Internet access to the “unwashed masses,” aka the populous. If the state were to lay a network of fiber optic cable connecting the 11 metropolitan areas statewide – including the University of West Alabama in Livingston – and provide Internet access/service to the residents, it could provide substantial opportunities for practically every resident statewide, including entrepreneurial, educational and economic. As well, it would increase revenue for the state, and draw many other businesses simply because of the network. It would, quite literally, catapult the state from a backwards-looking historical has-been, to a laser’s cutting edge visionary state with immediate significant potential.

While it doesn’t have an entirely ironclad immunity, healthcare is about as recession-proof an industry as there is. Thus far however, even though Alabama continues to be an historically poverty-stricken, and poorly-educated state, Governor Bentley has also steadfastly refused to expand Medicaid, which, according to researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, would provide opportunity for, and expand the healthcare sector of the state’s economy, through healthcare support and professions. While damning the Affordable Care Act, the governor, however, has done nothing to increase the enrollment of Nurses, Physicians or other healthcare professionals in state schools, nor has he done anything to bring more healthcare professionals to the people, or to lower costs. Of course, sick people can’t work, and if they can’t work, they can’t feed their families, pay the rent, mortgage, or utilities. The rational thing to do would be to take care of your people. Our nation’s military learned that lesson long ago. Sick soldiers can’t fight, and when their families are sick, it’s a distraction to the service member as well. So, they take care of the family, too.

The sad irony of it all is that Governor Bentley, while simultaneously decrying federal assistance on one hand, greedily gobbles it up out of the other. Where I come from, that’s called “hypocrisy,” and it’s unmistakable stench can be smelled cooking hundreds of miles away.

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