Remember that naked power grab by NC's Republican US House members I warned you about? You know, the one where they circumvent the democratic process because they don't like the decisions we North Carolinians came up with on our own?
Five of North Carolina's seven Republican members of Congress want to cut off federal highway money to their state unless it makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses.
Reps. Sue Myrick of Charlotte, Walter Jones of Farmville and Charles Taylor of Brevard planned to introduce legislation Wednesday that could cut off $890 million in annual federal transportation money. The money represents about a quarter of North Carolina's annual $3.6 billion transportation budget.
"We are saying, 'If you want the federal money, than you are going to have to enforce the law,"' Jones said.
What law? Let's be clear: there's no law being broken or going unenforced; there's only the law that these five citizens want to ram down our throats. How North Carolina issues drivers' licenses and who North Carolina issues them to are matters for North Carolina lawmakers and officials! Myrick, Jones, McHenry, and Foxx are trying to cut us—the people of North Carolina—out of the lawmaking loop. While it would be much simpler to have a few Republican overlords to make all of our laws for us, I don't think most of us would like the result very much.
Here's an idea: let's not send these five back to Washington next year. Instead, let's send them to... oh, say, Wyoming. Or France. Or Pluto. Pluto would be good.