Monthly Archives: October 2012

New at CJO: N.C. Senate District 18 race profiled

Sara Burrows profiles the N.C. Senate District 18 race for Carolina Journal Online.

Another round on the “stimulus” of disasters

Professor Don Boudreaux responds to a column by University of Maryland professor Peter Morici. Morici claimed that Hurricane Sandy would have stimulative effects. To that, Boudreaux replies: Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer Dear Editor: Peter Morici argues that hurricane Sandy might prove to be an economic boon (“Disaster has economic benefits, too,” Oct. 30). There’s nothing surprisingContinue Reading

Colleges use their space inefficiently

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Duke Cheston writes about one of the many reasons why higher education costs more than it needs to, namely that colleges and universities don’t make efficient use of space. It isn’t hard to see why this is the case. Almost all of them are non-profit institutions, so officialsContinue Reading

Once again, natural disasters don’t stimulate the economy

Predictably, many writers are saying that although Hurricane Sandy was terribly destructive, it will have the beneficial effect of boosting the economy. The notion that having to expend time and resources just to get back to where you were before the destruction has been refuted many, many times. I commend Bob Murphy of the LudwigContinue Reading

ObamaCare supporter admits it would hurt working-class Americans

You don’t have to be a critic of the 2010 federal health care reform law to see its potential harm for working-class Americans. Ask Berkeley assistant law professor David Gamage, who during the last two academic years “worked at the Treasury Department on the implementation of the tax provisions of health-care reform.” He shares hisContinue Reading

Barone: Romney has expanded the electoral map

Michael Barone devotes his latest Washington Examiner column to recent shifts in the geographic focus of the presidential campaigns. As the East Coast recoils from Hurricane Sandy, the political news is of new states suddenly inundated with presidential campaign ads. First Wisconsin, then Pennsylvania, more recently Minnesota. Ann Romney is campaigning in Michigan, Bill ClintonContinue Reading

A fine way to promote job growth

When it comes to encouraging job growth, government might want to avoid the type of overregulation that drives new businesses out of business. It’s a lesson Raleigh city officials could stand to learn. The CEO of a Raleigh startup that was written about in The News & Observer on Monday was visited by a cityContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, October 31, 2012

• Money matters. Outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue donates $250,ooo of her $2 million campaign war chest to the state Democratic Party, gives $4,000 to Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton’s campaign for governor, refunds $243,000 to donors, and keeps the rest.   • Survey says: A three-day poll by Survey USA for WRAL finds Mitt Romney withContinue Reading