Archive: Tue Jan 2012

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    Here’s Why

    The excessive Buncombe County jail space referenced in an earlier post is attributable to the county’s jail diversion programs. Prior to implementing the programs, experts expected they’d need to build yet another jail by now.
    Leslee Kulba, January 3, 2012
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    Because the Private Sector Needs Government

    The Mountaineer posted the following: The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, administered by N.C. MarketReady, is now accepting applications for the 2012 equipment cost share funding cycle. The program, funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, provides up to $50,000 to agricultural producers and processors seeking…
    Leslee Kulba, January 3, 2012
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    Camp Free While You Can

    Asheville City Council refused to take action on staff recommendations to ban camping on city property. The action was clearly intended to address the huddled masses of pup tents adjacent to city hall. Said tents are inhabited by a general assembly that meets to vision against Wall Street robber barons.
    Leslee Kulba, January 3, 2012
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    Ron Paul walks the talk: Rebuttal to the Liberty Bullhorn

    A clear pattern of Ron Paul's campaign is that his staunchest critics are self-proclaimed conservatives and GOP spokesmen. This is ironic and unfortunate, because Paul, according to the American Journal of Political Science, is the most conservative congressman since 1937. As John Nichols puts it so well: Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism. Bucking the establishment line, in his long congressional career, Paul has remained steadfast to the Constitution. Not that there was any doubt about Paul's record, but the Constitution Party's 2008 presidential nominee, Chuck Baldwin, has aggressively supported and campaigned for Paul towards 2008 and 2012. And when Paul failed to receive the 2008 nomination, he reciprocated the support with his endorsement of Baldwin. The fact is that when Paul espouses a limited federal government and spending cuts, he actually means it, and he has the voting record to back it up. In doing so, however, he shows his opponents to be phonies. So the knives are out.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 3, 2012
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    Does HS diploma requirement violate ADA?

    Yesterday, The Washington Times published a story that demonstrates what happens when 1) a well-intentioned law goes awry, and 2) Washington bureaucrats assert the bureaucracy at the expense of businesses.  Here is the gist: Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment…
    Terry Stoops, January 3, 2012
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    The State's First Toll Road Already Popular With Drivers

    The Triangle Expressway, the first toll road in modern day North Carolina, has begun collecting tolls. At 3.5 miles long and 15 cents a mile, that’s roughly $10.50 a month if you want to ride the whole way. Apparently at least 9,000 people want to drive some portion of…
    Tara Servatius, January 3, 2012
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    The silly notion that government debt is costless

    Don’t worry about increasing government debt — we only owe it to ourselves! That has been the Keynesian refrain for many decades. The problem with it, as Don Boudreaux points out in the letter below, is that it completely ignores opportunity costs. Resources commandeered for governmental purposes are then unavailable…
    George Leef, January 3, 2012