Archive: Fri Jul 2007

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    The way things work out

    The Locker Room’s Paul Chesser two interesting posts on North Carolina’s “classic” temporary taxes: This is a classic example of how temporary taxes work,” commented Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “A temporary tax increase is advocated in order to address some crisis. But throwing more…
    Sam Hieb, July 27, 2007
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    More required reading on the environment

    AEI air quality expert Joel Schwartz comments on “another authoritative-but-wrong paper in a premier scientific journal that will henceforth be used to support unwarranted alarmism about climate change and air pollution.” Schwartz sums up the problems with the recent study on ground-level ozone pretty well below. Note once again…
    Sam Hieb, July 27, 2007
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    Morrison Out

    Well, Jay Morrison will not be on the school board. Morrison has withdrawn from the race citing an earlier Uptown paper of record report alleging he had engaged in a "scheme" to bilk credit reporting agencies by filing at least 18 lawsuits against them. Morrison maintains that filing the lawsuits was the only way to get credit agencies to correct errors in his credit history. "It's impossible for me to win with this type of smear out there," Morrison told the Observer. "It would be a waste of my time and resources. I've got other things I can accomplish." He's probably right about his electoral chances. School board races are about name ID and retail, press-the-flesh politics. The longer this story stayed alive, the higher his negatives would have been in a county-wide race. As long as Morrison could not disprove the allegations against him, he would be fighting uphill. But wither the transit tax repeal?
    Jeff Taylor, July 27, 2007
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    More than we needed to know

    How John Edwards broke his wife’s rib.
    Locker Room contributor, July 27, 2007
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    Re: Remember back

    Here’s another golden oldie: this one from Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, in a press release dated Feb. 24, 2005. It’s titled, “No Such Thing as a Temporary Tax Increase in North Carolina:” WASHINGTON, D.C. ? After increasing taxes three of the last four years Gov. Mike Easley…
    Locker Room contributor, July 27, 2007
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    More than meets the eye

    Also check out The People’s Cube‘s liberal oxymorons.
    Locker Room contributor, July 27, 2007
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    Remember back…

    As the General Assembly and Gov. Easley are poised to finally ‘fess up and admit that the term “temporary” assigned to a state sales tax increase in 2001 was a big lie, it’s worth looking back at a Paul O’Connor column from Sept. 29, 2002, which appeared in the Chapel…
    Locker Room contributor, July 27, 2007
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    Minimum wage increase — too little, too late

    That is the view of writer Holly Sklar in today’s N&O. The economic folly of believing that any net good can come out of coercive tampering with the price system has been fully discussed here and elsewhere. Alas, writers like Sklar never pay the least bit of attention to…
    Locker Room contributor, July 27, 2007