Governor Pope's Commerce Secretary, Sharon Decker, this week said she is considering a recommendation to privatize her department. By "privatize," of course, she means "divert taxpayer dollars to enrich private companies and their shareholders."
That's what she told Catherine Carlock of The Business Journal, a sister publication of Triangle Business Journal that serves the Triad region of North Carolina. Decker said she is considering turning the Commerce Department into a private marketing and sales organization and raised the possibility of regional economic development groups going by the wayside.
Obviously, Decker is the not true believer she pretends to be. A true believer wouldn't just want to privatize the department, she'd want to eliminate it altogether. Because if the free market sees the need for a private marketing and sales organization for economic development in North Carolina, well, let the free market create one and figure out a way to fund it from private money. Otherwise, Decker's plan is nothing but more misguided corporate welfare.