Legislative authorization is for suckers:
Almeida told the group that the commerce department was ready to move some divisions into the partnership in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report published Dec. 6 by political news website www.ncinsider.com. Sen. Brent Jackson, a Sampson County Republican, asked Almeida what statute allowed the department to move those divisions, ncinsider reported.
When Almeida said the department was simply following the guidelines in Senate Bill 127, Jackson fired back, according to ncinsider: “Refresh my memory someone. I don’t think Senate Bill 127 passed, did it?”
He’s right. It didn’t.
Which just goes to show, when you have a group of extremely wealthy and influential private businessmen who want something to happen in the government, it's going to happen, one way or another. It also exposes a gaping fault in our lawmaking system: if something fails to pass muster as an individual piece of legislation, just insert it into the budget and voilà. It's a done deal. What's also alarming about the quasi-legal evolution of this group: if they didn't need a Legislative mandate to begin operation, how much are they going to care about Legislative oversight? Speaking of wielding authority without being elected:
The new group would work with private and public money under contract with the state.
McCrory and Decker submitted a proposal last month to state budget director Art Pope, who must give final approval before the new partnership goes to work.
Forget about some shadowy group of businessmen playing with piles of taxpayer dollars for just a moment, and ponder the fact that an elected Governor has to seek approval from a man he hired to help him. Or was forced to hire.
That is a story that should be plastered all over the front pages of NC newspapers, because it tips our form of representative government over on its head. And again, where are the true Libertarians? You know, the ones who posit that the unelected bureaucracy exerting power over the citizenry is a threat to liberty? Missing in action.