The Reds are Coming?

If you sell tin-foil hats, you may want to pay a visit to the Wake County Board of Commissioners– I think they may be in need of your services.  I have to admit that I don’t spend a tremendous amount of time monitoring the goings on of the Wake Commissioners since we do work all over the state, but Wake is my home, so I do try to pay them some attention. I am sorry I did.

The big headline yesterday was supposed to be the Commission’s vote on a resolution in favor of the discriminatory constitutional amendment on the ballot in May. They ultimately did vote in favor of the resolution, to the surprise of no one. But to my mind, the real story out of the meeting was the absolutely bizarre behavior by the conservatives on the commission regarding the findings of a sustainability plan commissioned for the County. If you thought you were watching the Wake Committee on Un-American Activities, you could be forgiven.

From the reaction of Paul Coble, the Chairman of the Commissioners, you would have thought the Marx himself was presenting the findings of the 18-month study sustainability study, which the commission itself ordered, while Mao was advancing the Power Point slides.  It isn’t often that one hears the term “United Nations style collectivism” uttered anywhere, but when politicians consider recommendations on the county’s treatment of energy, water and waste management practices, and find insidious traces of “collectivism”, one has to wonder about the motives at work here.

Surely, Wake County is not in danger of becoming the incubator for a communist revival, so it’s probably safe to assume that the conservative objection to sustainability is rooted more in fiscal motives than in genuine concern for the health of our democracy. In fact, at a work session last week, the county manager David Cook said that items aimed at improving the environment are supposed to have a four- to six-year payback.”If it doesn’t make financial sense, generally we don’t do it.” What he meant to say is “short-term financial sense”, but we’ll let him slide. At least he isn’t afraid Sputnik will come crashing through his roof.

Cross-posted from the Action NC blog.


  1. Lisa Finaldi

    February 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Interesting that at the January 2012 RNC meeting, a resolution was passed condemning the “radical” sustainable development plan of the UN’s Agenda 21 – which is having its 20th anniversary this year in Brazil. Here’s the resolution.


    It appears that Mr. Coble has taken the RNC marching orders seriously to get resolutions passed across the country. I witnessed a good deal of the discussion and was dumbfounded to think that this is how our tax dollars are being spent – when there are so many pressing issues facing our county right now. Shame on Mr. Coble in using this forum for his bid for Congress.

  2. Kevin Rogers

    February 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Interesting indeed. Thanks Lisa.

  3. M Hooper

    February 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    The Republic Party is the party of disaster. They have been in charge in this country for most of the last thirty years and look at the mess the US is in now.
    And this fine state has lost its luster thanks to the ascendance of hateful and anti-equality Republicans in county, district and region. It’s a sad day. Time to pull out the black armbands in memory of what was a fine place to live.

  4. Alvin

    February 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Congratulations to chariman Coble for making the mature decision to protect the unalienable property rights of the citizens of Wake County. Cheers to home rule, not the tired old euorpean model of collectivism.

  5. Alvin

    February 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Apologies, European model. I get excited to see the only true progressive ideal, the idea of liberty.

  6. Kevin Rogers

    February 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Alvin, I think you are missing the larger point here. The Wake County Commissioners do not have any legal authority to substantively change any property rights, as that is governed by NC State law, not county law, and what was being discussed here falls far below that bar. And one correction on your comment – property right are fully alienable (the opposite of unalienable) – if they weren’t, you would not be able to buy or sell your real estate. Cheers!

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