On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:
- Election reform
- Tax reform
- Regulatory reform
- Education reform
- Secure our Rights
Secure our Rights
- Eminent Domain
- One of the reasons that we separated from Great Britain in July of 1776 was because of property rights. Twice in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson refers to abuses and usurpations. A usurpation is when someone takes and uses someone else’s property without their consent. When a government is allowed to take a person’s property without a compelling reason, even when the law allows, that government has abused the very rights of the citizens that government was instituted to secure.
The new General Assembly should immediately work to strengthen private property rights.
- Participate in the health care legislation lawsuit
- One of the greatest governmental abuses in our country has been the implementation of health care legislation by the federal government. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to pass any laws in the area of health care. According to the Constitution, any power not specifically delegated to the federal government is reserved to the states. NC must forcefully claim its power in the area of health care and not allow the federal government to intruded on the powers of the states.
The new General Assembly must participate in the current lawsuit with other states to reclaim the powers that are reserved to the states.