NC needs more competition
RALEIGH — Competition is an indispensable tool for promoting efficiency, innovation, and excellence. Its virtues are evident in virtually every field of human endeavor, including commerce, athletics, science, religion, and the arts.
Government may seem to be an exception to the rule. Although we use (somewhat) competitive elections to determine who runs the government, its operations don’t look very competitive. If you live in a city, you buy its water service and obey its police officers. If you live in a state, you accept the jurisdiction of its courts and pay taxes to support its public services.
Even in this case, however, competition isn’t absent. You can “vote with your feet” by moving to other jurisdictions that deliver better value for the tax dollar. And in some cases – I’d ...