Yesterday, Governor Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton spoke at the National Federation of Independence Business (NFIB) luncheon in Raleigh. At the event it was noted that NFIB, which serves the purpose of promoting and protecting “the rights of small business owners to own, operate and grow their business,” had joined the lawsuit against the national health care legislation filed by 20 state attorneys general. According to a release by NFIB, the new health care law “directly undermines” the core mission of the organization.
NFIB notes that 2/3 of jobs created annually in the US are created by small business and that the regulations in the new health care legislation will “devastate” small business. It is no secret that small businesses in North Carolina are the backbone of their respective communities and are the engines that drive job growth. Lieutenant Governor Dalton said as much in his address to the NFIB luncheon.
So, with Governor Perdue claiming in her recent budget proposal that creating jobs is her number one priority, why has she not pressed Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has refused to join the lawsuit, to join in the fight to determine the constitutionality of Obamacare? NFIB seems to think that small businesses, which drive economic recovery and job growth, will be devastated by the legislation and will be unable to play their prominent role in the economic recovery. So it stands to reason that joining the fight to defeat Obamacare in the courts would assist Governor Perdue in achieving her top goal: creating jobs.