posted on May 21, 2013 10:32
A veteran business lobbyist takes aim at both The N&O and the legislature – and makes a noteworthy point about how government in Raleigh today works – or doesn’t:
“The reality is that the influence of nearly all the usual political heavyweights -- not just BCBS -- has waned. Two factors contribute to this phenomenon. First, there's the arrogant, know-it-all attitude of most of the new crop of legislators who believe they're on a mission and don't have to listen to anybody. They make policy choices based on instinct and their personal experiences. They also believe that getting facts from a lobbyist somehow compromises their independence. This is a dangerous mindset when dealing with complex issues that are beyond the comprehension of most legislators.
“Second, ethics laws have created a unfortunate structural separation between those with knowledge and those who desperately need to know. It's harder than ever for lobbyists to share information, and the result is a poorly informed legislature that's making bad choices that are not limited to the insurance industry.”