Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

A bridge too far: Tax increases at the federal level

The American Institute for Economic Research has just released a revealing graphic—one which highlights the impossibility of covering prevailing spending levels through taxation alone. As Julie Ni Zhu notes, in ”the postwar period, the highest personal income tax rates have been as high as 92 percent and as low as 28 percent, while corporate tax ratesContinue Reading

The ‘truth’ hurts: DNC delegates run smack into their own relativism

‘Do you remember,’ he went on, ‘writing in your diary, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four”?’ ‘Yes,’ said Winston. O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. ‘How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?’ ‘Four.’ ‘And ifContinue Reading

Rowan County gets it right and earns an A+

  Sunshine is the best disinfectant.  Kudos go to Rowan County for understanding that transparency is important and keeping the public informed is a duty not a favor. Dissatisfied with their initial grade from JLF’s NCTransparency project, they got to work and with minimal cost and a commitment to open government, they made changes thatContinue Reading

Superb column on corporate welfare

A. Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has a superb column on the bipartisan problem of corporate welfare. Hinkle’s concluding line is great: A government big enough to do everything you want is also big enough to do everything you don’t. That’s why the Founders envisioned a government that had no power to do thingsContinue Reading

About the federal bailout of GM and Chrysler

According to bumper stickers, we ought to re-elected Obama because “Osama-bin-Laden is dead and GM is alive.” Talk about a monumental non-sequitur! Are we to ignore all the past and prospective damage this incorrigible statist has done and will do? But I digress. Let’s focus on the General Motors claim. That’s what Randal O’Toole doesContinue Reading

Sheetz gets the cash; Taxpayers get the shaft….again.

Here we go again.  Sheetz will build a new distribution center in Burlington – promising to create 254 jobs and spending $32.8 million on capital.  In exchange, the taxpayers of NC will give them $4.8 milllion :  $800,000 in OneNC money, $1.9 million in JDIG grants and $2.1 million in local incentives.  Economic development orContinue Reading

Choice is good …

… except when the government ought to intervene.

The party of tolerance

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