After successfully forming an unaccountable arm of government in one of their first privatization schemes, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat and Commerce Secretary Duker how want to exempt that private entity from state ethics rules.
Draft legislation reworking the rules for a new private nonprofit designed to recruit businesses to North Carolina would make the corporation's employees subject to state ethics, personnel and travel polices – prompting objections from Commerce Department leaders.
"The objective here is nimbleness, speed of movement, the ability to take action and to market the state effectively," said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. "I'm looking at all of the legislation with that lens. So, I've got concerns about legislation that might be preventive."
No, Sharon, the objective is to ensure that government is accountable to the people. We're the bosses, Sharon, not you, and we've got concerns about legislation that might allow your minions to embrace corruption.
If only there were examples of what can happen when unaccountable people put money before ethics. We could show such examples to Sharon.
Like Pat, Sharon wants to make sure that the takers at the public trough live well:
State personnel and expense rules could also pose a problem for the new nonprofit, [Richard Lindenmuth, the chief executive of what is now called the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina] said. For example, he said that state workers are limited to a lower per diem than might be practical for some recruitment trips.
Champagne and foie gras, please, and keep 'em coming! The NC taxpayers are paying and we here in Pat's privatized party pack can do anything we like. So what kind of gifts did you bring us? We prefer cash!