Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: Y’all stickers and taxpayer money

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 06:17 PM

“As also with y’all.”
That’s the bumper sticker I saw on my morning commute Friday. One of the best I’ve seen, ever, and want for myself, along with “I Brake for Historical Markers.”
It’s interesting, this idea of affixing our vehicles with messages we want the strangers driving around us to note. My back window proclaims my collegiate allegiance.
Some drivers have no problem being rude. Like the other day, I was behind a car with the sticker, “Take back the USA.” Take back the USA from whom? Obviously, whoever isn’t like the driver. I wrinkled my nose at them, knowing that whatever they meant, they probably were not the type to spread random acts of kindness.
I love the “As also with ya’ll” sticker. It works on so many levels. For those of you who have spent many a Sunday morning in church, you know the automatic response of “May the Lord be with you,” is returned with “And also with you.” Adding the “y’all” makes it Southern. It also could serve as a response to whatever the driver behind you is saying if you don’t step on the gas fast enough at a green light and such. It’s a polite way of saying “and same to you,” with a slight admonition reminder to be nice.
Changing gears now.
Did you get a huge raise this year? Oh, you didn’t? Well, I’m sure you’re glad that our state cabinet members, who already made well over $100,000 a year each under the last administration, get even more money. Because they need it, I’m sure. Since when is running expensive departments equal to enormous pay? Give me a break. A department head does not work harder than a janitor, who surely deserves a $10,000 pay bump more than a political appointee. I thought we were in a tough economy. I thought layoffs and budget cuts were belt tightening that was needed. Well, apparently we can loosen that belt to make sure someone gets a bigger paycheck funded by taxpayers. It’s insulting to North Carolinians and insulting to North Carolina. Public pay should not match private pay because, hey, maybe part of the value is in serving the public. And don’t tell me that anyone, anywhere, needs more than $100,000 a year to live a nice, comfortable life, much less $130,000. When you worry about out-of-control government spending, inflated salaries are a good place to start looking.
Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan may be reached at: dvaughan@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6563.