Archive: Sun Jul 2007

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    Approaching from different angles

    It's safe to say that, generally speaking, JLF's Chad Adams and I see pretty much eye-to-eye. We just look at it from different angles. If you'll remember back in June, Adams said Guilford County's budget, with its cuts to the arts, museums historic preservation, not to mention the entire economic development office, made a bold statement. Imagine that, he said, a local government acutally spending money on taxpayer services. On the other hand, I said Guilford's budget was more of the same, with a few cuts here and few cuts there, and we still got hit with a three-cent tax increase. It's better than a seven-cent increase, but still....... Then there's the situation (or lack thereof) with Medicaid relief to N.C. counties. I think it's insane that the state even makes counties pay for Medicaid, much less drags its feet on finding relief. Given the way our legislators spend money, it's worthless telling me they can't do it because they don't have the money. Leaving aside the broader philosophical discussion of Medicaid, the bottom line is it's one true responsibility of the state, right? Forty-nine other states suck it up; North Carolina should, too. But once again, Chad approaches the situation from different angle.......
    Sam Hieb, July 8, 2007
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    They don’t quite get it

    Read the first few paragraphs of Madeleine Albright and Hernando De Soto’s new TIME column, and you’ll get the impression that these folks are starting to understand that people benefit from the protection of private property rights. Then you reach this statement: [W]hen governments grant people…
    Locker Room contributor, July 8, 2007
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    "This is a friend of Commissioner Tatum's"

    The N&O’s Dan Kane details yet more petty, cretinous behavior from the Down East kleptocracy. This time it is DMV Commissioner George Tatum reaching out to help a good friend save a few hundred bucks on his car property taxes while potentially misleading future buyers of the vehicle as…
    Jeff Taylor, July 8, 2007
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    Owens busts AP again

    Raleigh blogger Bob Owens has busted The Associated Press again. Not only does he point out their hypocrisy in atrocity reporting (fake atrocities that help Al Qaeda are worth reporting, real atrocities BY al Qaeda are not news), he has photographic evidence that an AP reporter (looking as silly…
    Locker Room contributor, July 8, 2007
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    Nine Questions for the Uptown Paper of Record

    And eight of them more or less make sense to me. Guess which one does not.
    Jeff Taylor, July 8, 2007