The fog of war in North Carolina

With certainty, North Carolina is in a battle. Not with an occupying force from another country but from within. And at present, “within” is winning. Yesterday was a remarkable day both in world affairs and finances. After citizens of the United Kingdom decided to detach themselves from the European Union (Brexit), reality began to set in. Where objectivity and intelligence took a backseat to ignorance. And while there are legitimate concerns for “independence”, a vote to secede was the end result. In the late 1980’s, I spent two weeks in England.

I'm agin NC legislative staff members' salaries


"Staff." Sounds pretty important. The more you have the more important you think you are. Or, how about posse? Folks you can deputize to do your business.

It comes as no surprise that a body of government hell bent on moving backward would need more staff to affect their changes. But thirteen staff members with annual salaries pushing almost one million dollars seems ripe.

The General Assembly has gotten more complicated over the past 20 years or so, Berger, R-Rockingham, said this week. While the use of non-partisan staff should be maximized, he added, I think there are from time to time issues that it's important for us to have folks that are aligned with the majority in the General Assembly.

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