Two major libertarian events are scheduled for the Triangle in the next two months.
The Wake LP County Convention will be held Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in our normal meeting place, The Gourmet Factory on Western Blvd. For more information and to resister, go here.
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina Annual State Convention will be held April 10-12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham. Registration and agenda information will be coming soon. Details here.
Wake County will pay a former county manager and state legislature $100,000 to lobby in the General Assembly. The lobbyist, former state Sen. Richard Stevens, spent 16 years working for the county and ten years in the legislature. They're also going to pay $110,000 for an “intergovernmental relations manager.”
In other words, our elected commissioners will use taxpayer money to pay a former elected official to convince current elected officials to give more taxpayer money – including money from people in other counties – to Wake. Does that seem right? Isn't that what we elect commissioners to do?
This redistribution of your tax money within the governing class is a prime example of the revolving door politics pervading all levels of government.
One commissioner's comments illustrate this illogical thinking. Jessica Holmes said that education was a priority, and wants the county to request a statewide raise in teacher pay. Why didn't any commissioner suggest using the $200,00 for education? Or one of the other programs local official are always complaining don't get sufficient funding from the state. They could even have done something really radical and returned the money to the hard-working people who earned it.
All politics is local.
Help get libertarian governance ideas on the table when issues are up for discussion: run for office in 2015. The 13 municipalities in Wake County will hold elections this year.
These are all nonpartisan races, with low vote totals, so a libertarian win is not unattainable. Filing opens July 3.
Go to the Wake County Board of Elections site for a complete list of officers.