Regulatory “reform” bill is “uncommon recklessness”

In case you missed it, the lead editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer neatly sums up the disastrous 59 page jumble of regulatory changes signed into law by Gov. McCrory last Friday. After noting that the measure was supposedly about “streamlining” regulatory processes, the editorial says this:

“On signing the bill, the governor repeated the sentiment, saying, ‘This common sense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations and puts job creation first here in North Carolina.’

Sounds logical and harmless. Except the bill is not what its title and the governor claim it is. It is illogical and dangerous. It is concessions to developers and polluters crammed into a massive bill that was rushed through the legislature in the crush of closing business.

This bill will ‘streamline’ regulatory process with a sledgehammer and blowtorch.”

Read the entire editorial and its detailed explanation of why the bill’s hodegpodge of new laws are not really about “reform” by clicking here.


  1. Skeptic

    August 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE??????????????????????????????????? This state has a LOT of drawbacks, but natural beauty has been of its few redeeming qualities. Now the Republikkkans want to tear it up and let developers build strip malls everywhere! They hate beauty, they hate peace, they hate health, they hate everything that is wholesome and decent in modern America!! I profoundly hope that RURAL water supplies get polluted the most so these yahoos literally get a taste of their medicine!

  2. Emma

    August 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The words “common sense” have become a red flag that no longer mean sound and prudent judgment based on facts. Instead, it has come to mean falling below ordinary standards or second rate.

    Skeptic, many rural wells are already polluted from farm chemical runoff and leaking underground gas storage tanks.

  3. Alan

    August 29, 2013 at 11:29 am


    It would take an awful long time to try and explain that’s wrong with them. It’s simply an issue of education, and lack thereof among their base. The manipulation of these folks is what the GOP are masters at, simply mention the 3G’s (God, Guns, Gays), add abortion for good measure, and you have a Republican vote. Thomas Frank’s book ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas’ sums it up pretty well.

    Add into this the GOP’s willingness to do anything for campaign donations (some would call it bribery), and a total disregard for voters, even for those who voted for them, and we have what we all see at work in NC right now. And yes, it is indeed a party of HATE.

  4. ML

    August 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    An act to improve and streamline the regulatory process in order to stimulate job creation [and] to eliminate unnecessary regulation.”

    If the title is that long has that many buzz words your trying too hard. It’s like McDonald’s naming the Big Mac the “super healthy burger to streamline your digestive system” aka diahreea…

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    August 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Reform and uncommon are unfortunately all too commonly together when talking about governemnt. The leftist view that we need to regulate everything to death but killing babies is fortunately going by the wayside now that we have common sense being instilled in NC. Definitely a small step in the right direction.

  6. ML

    August 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Here’s a little smack down for ya…If you bothered to read even the first sentence you’d realize your “leftist” straw-man is just that. So you do not have to click the link this is the more apt “leftist” stance on regulation:

    “No one supports pointless regulations. If regulations exist, there should be a good reason for them, a reason that applies not only to the time of their adoption, but to present circumstances. Regulations that require unnecessary protections or no longer apply do not serve the common good and can become impediments to commerce.”

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/08/28/3144969/a-reckless-law-on-nc-regulations.html#emlnl=Editorials#storylink=cpy

  7. Alan aka Captain America

    August 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    More LSD logic for you…. an article on so called regulatory reform solicits “killing babies” comments. Yet more tin-foil hat commentry from the extremists on the right.

  8. Emma

    August 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Killing babies? More like protecting the preborn.

  9. Frances Jenkins

    August 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    If every small business stop paying taxes how are you going to fund the welfare state?

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