Daily Archives: August 6, 2012

Walter Williams notes the moral problem of taxation for redistribution

Assisting one’s fellow man in need, by reaching into one’s own pockets, is praiseworthy and laudable. Doing the same by reaching into somebody else’s pockets is despicable and worthy of condemnation.

Bridges to smarter decisions

According to NCDOT, there are 12,712 state maintained bridges in North Carolina, ranking us 13th in the nation for state maintained (a.k.a. paid with state taxes) bridges. Of those, 2,645 are structurally deficient and another 2,676 are functionally obsolete.  A bridge is considered structurally deficient if it is in relatively poor condition, or has insufficientContinue Reading

In Search of “The Right Stuff”

What does it take to be a leader of a large university? That is the question my colleague Jay Schalin ponders in today’s Pope Center article. Apparently, Jay says, UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp doesn’t make the grade: …UNC-Chapel Hill’s scandal highlights the need for a new type of university administrator, one with street smartsContinue Reading

CJ editors discuss the tricks of the trade

From highlighting efforts to promote liberty in North Carolina to exposing corruption in Tar Heel government, Carolina Journal continues to play a unique role in North Carolina journalism. CJ staffers discussed their work today during a question-and-answer session with the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Managing editor Rick Henderson, executive editor Don Carrington, and associateContinue Reading

Empty Dem convention seats

That prospect has the bigwigs in the Party concerned, according to this New York Post story. But there is an easy solution — one that would solve their problem and be good for the economy. All they need to do is pay people to sit in the empty seats. Pay them a lot — sayContinue Reading

Drawing the Wrong Conclusion VI — big savings edition

WRAL had a feel-good story this weekend entitled: NC State students save big with tax-free online textbook orders But upon reading the article, which was about students benefiting from the sales-tax holiday, one encounters this: Larry Sampson, a senior applied mathematics student, said he saved $37 on a $553 textbook, for example. Previous entries inContinue Reading

Fuquay-Varina wants volunteers out of the way of kids’ sports

As a prologue, recall the “Yellow Pages Test”: Years ago, the first libertarian I encountered introduced to me the concept of the “Yellow Pages Test”: If it’s in the Yellow Pages, the government doesn’t need to do it. … Now I think the Left has their own Yellow Pages Test: If it’s in the YellowContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, August 6, 2012

• Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says, as governor, he would not shift 600 state positions from career civil servants to political appointees — a move made during the short session of the General Assembly. Dalton urges Pat McCrory to make a similar pledge.   • The Obama campaign announces a $77-million TV ad buy betweenContinue Reading