RALEIGH – Members of the N.C. General Assembly have been crafting bills to help get select business owners some freedom relief from Governor Roy Cooper’s Forced Closures. A ‘Bar Bill’ passed the legislature that would allow bar owners to open up at limited capacity and augment with outdoor accommodations. Breweries are open, restaurants that serve food and alcohol are open, and, for goodness sake, the governor is marching with protesters in the streets so it must be okay for a bar to open up in a limited capacity, no?
No. Governor Cooper vetoed the bill Friday. Why? There is no clear reason, because nothing about this phased reopening makes any sense. Cooper’s prescriptions are and have been inconsistent, ineffective, and unconstitutional.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is similarly perplexed as to why Cooper just can’t let go of his dictatorial powers:
“Gov. Cooper needs to stop saying he’s basing all his decisions for keeping our economy shut down on ‘science and data.’ By vetoing the ‘Bar Bill,’ he is claiming that ‘science’ says it is safe for a brewery to be open but not a bar. Gov. Cooper continues to drag his heels on reopening our economy, for no discernible reason. Other states opened bars, gyms and other businesses weeks ago with no negative impact on public health. It’s long past time for North Carolina to do the same. We can protect lives and livelihoods at the same time.”
Forest is right, of course, but that assumes Roy Cooper is actually interested in protecting the livelihoods of anyone who does not vote for him. With the blindingly obvious reality that coronavirus did not overwhelm anything to the point of warranting such extreme shutdown measures, we are only left to assume that the governor penchant for one-man-rule in accordance with whatever woke mob is leading the issue of the day.
Some barbers, beauticians, and restaurants have found it necessary along the way to defy Cooper’s bans — who wants to go to a bar this weekend?