North Carolina State Republican “radical legislation”

Wilmington StarNews editorialists demand that the N. C. General Assembly slow down on “radical legislation” that they say has been “flying through” the chambers. (link) Why should they? Editors tell us it’s because these elected representatives (a majority) should take time to consider the “wide-spread impact.” Translation: They should wait until the statist press and activists have time to gin up false claims and divisive tactics from their favored interest groups who support big government.

The new majority legislature poses a huge threat to decades of entrenched favoritism, corruption and irresponsible spending and excessive regulation by Democrats. All this can’t be corrected overnight. Republicans for a long time have been relegated to a State political wilderness; but new more responsible legislators know what needs to be done.

Predictably, editorialists imply that mean, uncaring Republicans want to “ram through legislation”—to “slash” unemployment benefits, for example. In their rush to push compassion, editors ignore reality. Democrats irresponsibly accepted a $2.5 billion federal loan to add unemployment insurance benefits—that’s over 10 percent of the $20 billion state General Fund budget; money that has to be paid back. Governor McCrory recommended that the legislature reject an extension on these benefits—a responsible action by him. Guess who pays these taxes?—businesses that employ people.

Typically, the federal government plays cruel tricks on the states. Financial worms dangle at state politicians. When they bite, they’re hooked. Initially, the bait seems to be “free” for the taking. But there’s always a catch. Loans must be repaid and we’re stuck with expensive, never-ending bureaucratic regulations. So state officials need the courage to reject the money, or accept it and raise taxes on their citizens.

Meanwhile beneficiaries assume the “freebies” will continue and become angry when they hear that cuts must be made. In the case of extended unemployment benefits, Gov. McCrory has noted that not only must business people be saddled with the cost, but increased benefits add to the State debt; and they have done nothing to reduce our high unemployment. State Senator Thom Goolsby has clearly presented the rationale on this issue. (link)

Realities in life sometimes appear cruel. That’s the problem with those who promote government care for all normal life trials and tribulations—eventually they run out of other people’s money, to paraphrase former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Those who expect others to assume responsibility for their conditions are soon disillusioned. They lash back at all who want to reform an unsustainable system—better for us not to start down the dependency road in the first place.

Statists don’t understand, or choose to ignore this, but it’s much easier to join a chorus of shame and blame than to face hard facts and have courage to tell the truth. Those who promote more government in our lives have little faith in individual citizens. It‘s demeaning to assume that people can’t handle the truth and do what’s best for themselves without political props.

Editors admit that our newly elected government –what they laughably call “partisan”—represents people “long suppressed.” But for decades irresponsible Democrat partisans ignored the consequences of their actions. Editors want the Republican “steamrollers” to act as “more careful leaders.” Their use of the word careful is, in my opinion, a euphemism for taxing, spending and regulating. Limited and responsible are better words for government and its leaders.

We can only hope that our new State leadership will keep their pledges and won’t cave to political pressure from editors and their activist interest groups; rather they should press on to do the right thing for the long term freedom and economic well-being of all North Carolina State citizens.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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