A progress report on the “veto-proof” “conservative revolution” in Raleigh

Prior to the 2022 elections, we were told the GOP legislators could run right over the top of Democrat governor Roy Cooper – IF IF IF – they got that magical veto-proof majority.  With the help of Tricia Cotham’s party-switch, the dream became a reality.

Here we are one month after a state budget was due and there is still no agreement between the House and Senate.  To most folks, that is amazing — since both chambers’ majorities belong to the same party with the same small-government, conservative platform. 

Instead of getting more of that smaller government, we’re getting Medicaid expansion. Special deals for BIG contributors.  We’re getting even more spending: $25.9 BILLION for 2021-2022, and $27.9 BILLION for 2022-2023.  (Still waiting on 2023-2024.)

The budget negotiations are being carried out by Speaker Timmy, uncle Phil, a handful of cronies, and some of ol’ Roy’s crew.  It makes one wonder WHY we even bother to send the other 160-some folks to Jones Street every two years.

We’re already being told The Parents’ Rights Act is deader than Josephus Daniels. You mean to tell me we can’t get a veto-proof majority of Republicans to agree that parents’ wishes for their kids trump anything bureaucrats come up with?  

We’ve got some other veto overrides out there dealing with (1) protecting minors from transgender grooming, and (2) keeping tranny boys out of girls’ sports.  Do you mean to tell me we can’t get a veto-proof majority to agree that kids need to be protected from the transgender ideologues and groomers? 

But there is plenty of time and there are plenty of votes, apparently, for casinos.  Lots of pockets have been lined, or are scheduled to be lined. *Protecting kids from groomers doesn’t pay nearly as well.* 

(I’d like to talk to these Republican pro-gambling types a few years down the road after the SEIU and other “hospitality unions” have moved in to control those casinos and work against the NCGOP. )

Out here in the grassroots, the debate is all about conservatism.  In the professional political world, it’s all about “getting onboard.”

“Get on board the Trump / Robinson / Tillis Train.”  Issues don’t matter.  Someone with an (R) next to their name holding that seat is what matters. *He’s “better” than a (D), right?*

*Right? (Um, right?)*

The problem is the culture dominating our politics.  Just like in DC, Raleigh has been reduced to two crime families fighting over how to split the cash they’ve, um, confiscated from us.  It’s not  Ds vs. Rs.  It’s Corleones vs. Sopranos.

The system is so aggravating, so stinking corrupt and incompetent that the people we really want to have in power want nothing to do with government service.  Instead, we get stuck with the people who really want that $13,000 per year legislative seat.  Those are the scariest.

Voting for the other party is not going to help.  You’re simply handing the key to the cash  drawer over to the other gangsters.

The system enables the crooks to stay in power.  In most workplaces, if you are a month late — without excuse — delivering on your most important job task, you’re as good as fired.  Yet, Tim Moore is leaving Jones Street as a hero for either higher office or a lucrative lobbying career.  His cronies who have helped stage-manage this mess are all competing to replace him as speaker. Elevating the accomplices will not fix the problem.  It just puts the abuses on life support.  Keeps them going.

There have got to be some good people out there who still believe in public service.  Legislative service can be reformed to allow for someone to work a private job and provide for their family while serving the people of North Carolina.  Some states have legislatures that meet for only a quarter or so at most.  Why can’t we do that? Why isn’t more work being done online or via live-streaming?  

Forcing 160-plus elected honorables to sit and twiddle while Timmy, Phil and Roy work out a deal in secret is undemocratic as hell. All 170 people got elected to do a job.  Let them do it.