We opened the show today discussing Roy Cooper and his transition to the executive office. The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our nation and state, yet Cooper’s ascension has not been amicable. Cooper fired most of McCrory’s staff immediately, which is entirely legal, but he has not released many of the names of those who will be their replacements. New legislation subjects Cooper’s appointments to senate confirmation. Hearings for Cooper appointments will likely begin in late January.
We went through a piece from CNN about President-elect Trump’s press conference. During the press conference, Trump would not take a question from a CNN reporter. He asked the reporter to be respectful, later referring to the reporter as representing “fake news.” In the piece, the author says Trump nailed the press conference and praised Trump for the way he handled himself. Irony. . .the piece was written by CNN.
We discussed Obamacare and the “replace” battle that is going on in congress. Most republicans agree Obamacare need to be repealed immediately but discussions about replacement are wastes of time. We know that less government involvement is better, but a simple repeal of Obamacare will not fix our broken healthcare system.
Nick Ochsner with WBTV joined us to discuss the 2016 legislative races and US Supreme Court issuing a stay for the 2017 redistricting/elections. NC districts have been changed, switched, and challenged. Most people probably don’t even know who their representative is at this point, not to mention the amount of money this is costing taxpayers.
The legislature came back to Raleigh yesterday, but actual legislative business will begin next week. Nick and I speculated on legislation which may be passed during this next session. The legislature has veto proof majorities in both houses which means they can do pretty much what they want.
We discussed how technology is continually changing our world and the way things are done. There has always been a concern that machines will replace people, particularly when it comes to jobs. The British Parliament is considering legislations which will grant limited rights to robots. Asimov would be surprised.
We ended the show discussing a Pew research study on the changing attitudes of police officers. The survey found 93% of officers polled are more concerned about their safety than in previous years. There are also elevated concerns about handling protestors and riots. These concerns may deter people from becoming police officers and may affect the cost of officers to taxpayers. If supply of officers diminishes, costs will escalate.
We also discussed the false promises of socialism as current conditions in Venezuela deteriorate. The socialists in power continue having more power, while the people starve. Literally, a drug kingpin is now the vice-president of the country.