The bill to end mandatory inspections of new cars was a Republicans’ dream. It was less regulation. Lower fees. Less government. It stopped government taking money from one group and giving it to another. It was practical. Made common sense. And even the press liked it.
And it never got out of committee. It was killed dead as a doornail by lobbyists for people who do car inspections.
As one retired legislator said, the legislature’s been re-wired.
This morning, May 9, 2012, I woke up less of a person in the eyes of my home state. A person who was already less so by the rule of some pre-existing laws, but now Constitutionally less ― by an amendment that contradicts the greatest precepts of our venerable national document ― the separation of Church and State, the individual’s inalienable rights, and protection from tyranny. Now I am a subject to what essentially is a “Christian” Sharia-like law. The very kind of law that the people who created and voted for it would rebel against, if they were subject to something like it.
In the 2011 Session of the General Assembly several changes were made in the North Carolina State Health Plan. This is the state agency that provides health plan benefits for 680,000 state employees and 160,000 retirees. It is accurate to state that this office affects every state employee, their dependents and retirees. This includes prescription drug benefits of 10 million prescriptions per year with expenditures of more than $700 million.
As a man who has made his living running for governor in North Carolina, I believe I know what motivates you. It's the same thing that motivates me: money, money, money!
That's why I'm writing today with this invitation for you to move your company to North Carolina. With me as your governor here in the Old North State, you can be sure that your top executives will get all the care and coddling they deserve, with free rein to exploit employees and their families without fear of accountability. What's more, we will work with you to make sure that your workforce remains firmly under your thumb, no matter what.
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