RALEIGH – There are plenty of examples of Leftists in North Carolina taking advantage of the current crisis to push their policy aims, from paid family leave to Medicaid expansion, but a suggestion from the collectivists at N.C. Policy Watch may take the prize as the biggest dirt bag move so far. They wrote a piece this week pushing Governor Roy Cooper to replace the duly elected Republican State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who is currently suffering from COVID-19, with a handpicked replacement more to the Left’s liking.
N.C. Policy Watch, and most Democrats, do not like Dale Folwell. That’s because Folwell is an extremely effective public servant who is a non-nonsense, nose to the grindstone, get the job done kind of leader. The jobs he’s getting done, however, are usually contrary to the goals of the Left.
They want send every member of the proletariat a check every month as a basic income; Folwell shrank our states unemployment debt to the federal government and saved taxpayers billions by reducing benefit duration and maximums. The Left wants youth transgenders’ delusion to be furthered and financed by the taxpayers; Folwell led the charge to remove elective sex change surgeries and transition hormonal procedures from coverage under the State Health Plan.
The Left, particularly N.C. Policy Watch, does not like Dale Folwell. So much so that they see his suffering from a potentially lethal infection during a pandemic merely as an opportunity to replace him.
No doubt about it!
— Jim Blaine (@JimBlaine) April 1, 2020
Beyond earning the P.O.S award of this crisis (at leas the North Carolina division), the collectivists at N.C. Policy Watch failed in their attempt to justify the suggestion with a half-baked legal argument. They pointed out that the Treasurer isn’t able to appoint anyone to carry out his responsibilities if he were to become incapacitated, which could happen with COVID-19, and so the governor must replace him.
Except, there IS clear direction as to how the treasurer can authorize someone to take care of all the essentials, and even sign his name to checks. President of the Civitas Institute points out the sloppy legal research:
“[…] Schofield is incorrect in his legal opinion because he was not thorough. While he does cite other parts of the state constitution and state law, he missed Chapter 147 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which pertains directly to State Officers. General Statute 147-75 states:
The Treasurer may authorize a deputy to perform any duties pertaining to the office. The Treasurer may authorize a deputy to affix the Treasurer’s signature to any check, warrant or any other instrument the Treasurer is required to sign. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the conduct of his or her deputies.
In other words, Treasurer Folwell has broad authority to name someone to take over the bulk of his duties. […]”
None of this really matters to the collectivists, of course, because theirs was not an honest motivation to protect the taxpayers, state employees, and pensioners of the State of North Carolina; it seems they were motivated by pure political opposition, irrespective of facts and decency.
You can read the shameless article in full here, and join us in praying for Treasurer Folwell’s speedy recovery.