North Carolina is a great state with many assets. Like any other state, it has problems, issues and concerns. People have legitimate differences about how to address challenges such as:
- ensuring free and fair elections
- reducing unemployment and creating good jobs
- finding an equitable way to raise the money needed to deliver government services
- improving our educational system
- ensuring a healthy business climate
- preserving a healthy environment for future generations
Of course, there are many more, and there are various ways to address these challenges, and reasonable people have different philosophies and approaches.
So, with all of these important challenges, you'd think that there wouldn't be a lot of time to devote to unimportant items that are not problems, issues or concerns. With all the people clamoring for the real challenges to be addressed, it would be irresponsible to focus on unimportant -- even silly -- things at the expense of doing what really needs to be done.
For example, in contrast to people saying loud and clear that they want our lawmakers to address jobs, education and so on, I don't think I have ever heard complaints such as:
- You know, food and medicine in this state is too cheap. They should tax it!
- My social security check is too big. They should take taxes out of it!
- What this state needs is a way to add to the natural gas glut. Preferably by injecting poison into the ground.
- I'll tell you what's wrong with our schools. Class sizes are too small and teachers get paid too much and they have too much assistance in the classroom!
- I just hate crawling along the highway at only 70 MPH. Everybody needs to go faster.
- Too many people in this state have healthcare. If we take away insurance from about half a million of them, then I can send my federal tax dollars to pay for healthcare for people in New Jersey and Florida. That's the ticket!
- You know what we need? More big-money special interest influence in our judicial elections!
- I am so sick and tired of all this red tape that helps to prevent criminals and mentally ill people from getting guns.
- We need to make it way harder to vote. Especially for minorities, the elderly and poor people.
- Constitution, Schmonstitution! It's high time to force my personal beliefs on everybody else. Let's ban all these other religions.
- Every woman should be forced to have her rapist's baby!
Nope, haven't heard a major public outcry on any of those. OK, to be fair, you can find a small but loud faction who actually are clamoring for some of these things, in almost but not quite those same words, especially the latter ones. But by and large, the vast majority of North Carolinians just are not asking their elected officials to do any of this stuff.
Most people in North Carolina want our legislators and governor to work on jobs, the economy, better education, affordable healthcare and our other real challenges.
But most of those elected officials are instead spending most of their time working on Art Pope's personal agenda and what ALEC tells them to do.
Which should tell you who they really work for.