Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

“By the Numbers” Is Out

The Latest “By the Numbers” policy report has been published by the John Locke Foundation. Buncombe, Macon, and Transylvania counties ranked high, whereas several WNC counties had low tax burdens. Asheville’s tax burden was the fourth highest; with four other Buncombe County municipalities ranked in the top 20. Asheville is “up there” in property andContinue Reading






Story Problem

As in Rome, one must have the law written on his heart to be a real citizen. And so, I ask residents of Boone, whither is better: the third violation for 65 db at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, or the second violation for 75 db at 10:30 p.m. on a Thursday night? IfContinue Reading






How about Private-Sector Job Creation?

Why is it always the demand side that wishes to rally support by “putting a face” on the problem? (I know, but I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, including my own, by calling them a whiner.) The Mountaineer today tells the story of a cop who could lose his job if a proposed decreaseContinue Reading






Bues Nues

Now, Transylvania . . .






Tax Me More

Groups are advocating a new 7-cent property tax on downtown business plus $400,000 annually from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. It is expected the 7-cent tax alone would raise $500,000 annually, and economic multipliers would, well, you can probably guess the results to the penny. The tax is for a business improvement district,Continue Reading






Welfare Debit Cards Still Being Used at Casinos and Strip Clubs

We’ve seen stories like this before. This time it comes from Colorado, where welfare recipients are using their debit cards at casinos, strip clubs, Disneyland, and Universal Studios.






A new kind of hate hoax

“One of the basic principles of dialectics is that there is no such thing as abstract truth, and what is concrete, in which the second dominates the first, characterizes the materialist approach to knowledge and truth.” — V.I. Lenin When one’s cause becomes so important that actual facts (i.e., the truth) no longer matter, bewareContinue Reading






Tillis forms unemployment insurance fraud task force

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis announced this afternoon formation of a new task force targeting unemployment insurance fraud. Reps. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, and G.L. Pridgen, R-Robeson, will co-chair the group. All three discussed the issue during a news conference. (The final questions deal with Tillis’ campaign finance reports.) Click play below to watch the 21:15Continue Reading