”I need you to think about that, you business leaders. You want more business, talk to your legislators if you can get through your hatred of them and understand it’s the only way North Carolina can remain competitive.”

Bev Perdue to the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce on September 20, 2011 as reported in The Daily Reflector

She was lamenting the fact that “some people in Raleigh” would not agree to hand out more corporate welfare.

More hyperbole?  Additional sarcasm?  More weird ramblings?

Or just another bad joke to make a bad policy point?

Possibly, but her real problem is that her ideas are dated and wrongheaded, and she expresses them poorly, as Hood explained here.