In Cass County last night a proposal to elect fewer county officials was heard by the County Commission with no opposition from the public.

Though at least one commissioner was skeptical per this report from Helmut Schmidt.

“I struggle with this, because you know the citizens are smart enough to elect me, but they’re not smart enough to elect an auditor, or a recorder, or whatever? When somebody says that to me, what’s my comeback?” Commissioner Arland Rasmussen asked of state Senator Judy Lee (R-Fargo) who was speaking to the commission in favor of this policy change.

While that’s a good answer, there is a better one for electing fewer people at all levels of state government: Why should we elect anyone who isn’t in charge of making real policy?

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