Republicans have been in control of the Guilford Board of County Commissioners for approximately five years. Some good progress was made on issues of taxes and spending and debt. Some might argue that more could have been done, but the county's fiscal picture is much better than it was. And the endless tide of democratic socialist tax increases was halted, at least temporarily.
But one notable antiquity survives the long period of Democratic dominance in the county. It is the Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program.
The county's website is interesting. It explicitly avoids stating that the program entails quotas. One report, however, advocates the adoption of "goals" which are de facto set-asides. The website also implies heavily that the program is required by state law.
We have had a black president. Women at this moment are advantaged over men economically because the globalist, democratic socialist economy privileges sectors of the economy in which women predominate-- education, health care and government. It is blue collar men, of all races and ethnicities, who have been hurt most during recent years.
The premise that women need assistance at this point is laughable. And the challenges in the African-American community today are mostly self-inflicted.
Programs like MWBE create distortions in the marketplace. Many men transfer ownership of their businesses to their wives so that they can vie more competitively for contracts. To the extent that governmental purchasers feel pressured to use MWBE businesses, it could theoretically cost taxpayers more depending upon how the program is implemented.
After five years of Republican control, I would have hoped that the program could have been put on the chopping block. Yes, I understand that there might be a desire to maintain good relations with the democratic socialist commissioners; to avoid crossing the gods of political correctness; and to maintain peace with the black community.
But sooner or later, we ought to be phasing out bad programs. It is important to roll back liberal precedents that are sacred cows, even if it might be politically painful for Republican elected officials.