Who's on first?

As the Queen of Commerce wrapped up her "listening tour" on economic development this week, I couldn't help thinking of Abbot and Costello.

"I'm hearing a lot of questions around how do we create jobs? What do we do? How do we help existing businesses grow? How do we create new business to the area?" Decker said. "One of the questions I am asking is what do we need to do to stimulate more business development? How do we get small business started?"

Seriously? This is all we get from the whirlwind "listening tour?" A bunch of obvious questions that any high school freshman could ask?

"One of the questions I am asking is what do we need to do to stimulate more business development? How do we get small business started?"

Unfortunately, when we move from the la-la land of questions to the land of hard answers, Ms. Decker is a one trick pony: Bribery. Give money away in the form of tax breaks and outright grants to private enterprise.

You want efficiency, Mr. McCrory? Shut down the Department of Commerce.