For anyone else making this mistake, this is how I fixed it:
I installed PCLOS on a new partition and upgraded it to kde4, after doing that and adding apps, it won't boot to X at all - but that is a different issue that I'll need to look at. But, because that did not work, I was forced to a different approach. I started going through some file comparing the 2 partitions and I noticed 2 things different.
1) /etc/X11/fs had an owner of xfs and my original had root of course so I changed root to xfs.
2) /etc/mysqlmanager.passwd had an owner and group of uuid. My original had owner root and group mysql. I decided to change it to mysql.
After doing that I could login. I may still have issues, but I'll have to hit each as they occur since my new install is a mess (would love to know what happened here - back to log messages). I'm guessing #1 did the fix but I guess 2 could have helped.