Theodore R. McKeldin, Governor 359
My answer to these questions is that in the administra-
tion of public affairs costly experience has proved that cer-
tain orderly procedures must be observed. Though these
may at times prove troublesome, the removal of all re-
strictions in the handling of public monies leads to dangers
that are worse. Even private business of any magnitude
cannot afford to operate in this fashion.
The character of the checks and balances should, of
course, vary according to the nature of the activity involved,
but House Bill No. 26 goes beyond all reason in setting up an
independent sovereignty whose only contact with the State
would be to receive financial tribute. It fosters and ag-
gravates existing faults in administration, and sanctions an
inexcusable relationship between the University and the
rest of the State Government. If the measure becomes law,
I am confident that future years will reveal its regrettable
folly. If enough of your membership will join with me, the
folly can be prevented.
When an approaching event seems to bear the aspects of
inevitability the easiest course is not to oppose it. Such, in
fact, has been the advice offered me in some quarters. I
cannot follow it, believing as I do about the proposed law.
For these reasons, and for others which will occur to
anyone upon close examination of the matter—reasons that
transcend personalities or partisanship—I return the bill
without my approval.
Theodore R. McKeldin,