In my column this morning, I referred to the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration as a spawn of the Legislative State, which I thought was a pretty cool term.
But the important term in that phrase was “Legislative State.” Dismantling this 18th century form of government long has been one of the top priorities of our editorial board, because so many of our problems can be traced directly to that form of government, and that form of government makes it so much more difficult than it should be for us to solve our problems. But there’s rarely room in a column or editorial to flesh out precisely what the Legislative State is.
So … I thought I’d share the fullest description I’ve given. This is from a 2012 column explaining how both the Richland County election debacle and the Revenue Department computer hacking had their roots in the Legislative State:
This is how I concluded that column:
More than a year later, that’s all still true.