Should Moral Monday be changed to “Money Monday”?
By: Jonathan Gonia
It seems that the Rev. William Barber has another motive for the Moral Monday protests. It seems that while he is protesting the cutting of unemployment benefits, passing of voter ID, the anti- abortion bill, and the budget, it all could be a smoke screen for what he is really mad about. I have found that Barber has received over $1 million in government funds over the last few years. Yes, you heard that right. He has been sitting at not only the Golden Corral buffet, but the taxpayer buffet also. He received 565k from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services for a child nutrition program, and even Ray Charles could see where that money has been going and it’s not to starving children. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I think we should also be asking what happened to the 245k that he was given from the NC Dept. of Public Safety, for a “Support our Students” program.
Here is a complete list of payouts by the state for Barber’s programs:
Child Nutrition Programs-Dept. of Health and Human Services
Support Our Students- Dept. of Public Safety
Dropout Prevention Grant- Dept. of Public Instruction
Econ Dev & Capacity Building- NC Rural Center
Capacity Building (Jan 2013)- NC Community Dev. Initiative
Misc- Not named for purpose or where from.
It appears that "Big Bill the Buffet Slayer" and his cronies have other motives for these protest. I think we as taxpayers should be enraged and we should be asking questions as to what this money was used for. In a time of reconstruction that NC is in right now this should be a big deal. Is he keeping “Moral Monday” up because he is upset that with Republican controlled government and that he can’t get the handouts that he was used too? I would say so. How can special-interest groups be granted this kind of money with no record of how it’s spent? It seems like the Rev had a pipeline straight to the taxpayer’s dollars and this should not be taken lightly.We should be asking how many children did this money help feed? How many students were supported? How many did he prevent from dropping out of school? Or was he lining his own pockets?