With all the scandals that have discredited the North Carolina General Assembly lately, many citizens may have come to believe that our lawmakers can't accomplish anything.
Sadly, they have proven to be all too capable of one thing: Spending our money.
Lawmakers on Saturday agreed to a $20.7 billion budget that reads like a wish list for powerful legislative bosses and Gov. Mike Easley.
The governor called it a "gutsy and aggressive budget." Translation: It spends a lot of our money.