Saturday, May 19, 2007

Watching the Watchers: North Carolina Style

Unfortunately for my sanity, the political scene is heating up again as the still-distant presidential race begins. John Edwards is closely watched in these parts since he's a fellow North Carolina boy. So far he's managed to make headlines for his haircuts and his spending proposals. Since I'm looking for a little restraint in government these days, neither of those stories endears him to me.

Our state senate has joined a movement to have the North Carolina electoral college voters throw their votes behind the candidate who wins the national popular vote instead of the state's vote. I find this proposal to be clearly insane. To me it is a complete disenfranchisement of the voters of North Carolina. If you want to get rid of the electoral college system, I can understand the arguments. Even if you wish to have the electoral college delegates vote along the same split as the state votes, that's fine (but you might as well get rid of it at that point). But this proposal seems to me to be a complete disenfranchisement of North Carolina voters.

And finally we have a national story that has local implications. North Carolina has one of the fastest growing Latin American immigrant populations in the nation. Those brave people who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. legally have something to say about the President's immigration proposal. And I am totally in agreement. Stop rewarding illegal behavior and start making it easier to join our country completely legally. The current situation is beyond stupid.

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