Disgusting, disgraceful, and indefensible

And surely several other very negative adjectives as well to describe the behavior of the NC Republican House legislators in the wee hours of the morning.   With only 90 minutes warning, the Republicans called an extra 12:30am session to try and take advantage of the fact that several Democrats were missing due to illness and deaths in the family thereby giving them the necessary override percentage.  How low can you go?  Seriously?  As it was, they only ended up with the votes for a single over-ride– a punitive action against NC’s teacher’s union.  (And the two Democrats who joined with them on this should be beyond ashamed of themselves).  There is just no way that business should be conducted like this in a democracy.  The justification of House Speaker Thom Tillis was offensive in its lameness:

Tillis defended the post-midnight session. “Some people that probably don’t like the fact we’re here tonight. But the fact of the matter is we got it done, we’re out of here, we’re saving money and going back home.”

Who needs fair play and respect for the basic rules of the system in a democracy when you can save money by having a 12:30am session?  I’d love to see somebody try and defend this [yes, I am looking at you EG].


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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