Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

An obit for “national greatness conservatism”

Cato’s Gene Healy writes about the demise (let us hope!) of the so-called national greatness conservatism movement. The NGC proponents insisted that it wasn’t a “governing philosophy” for the state to protect the rights of individuals and otherwise leave them alone. No — the government needed to have Great Big Projects to dragoon us into,Continue Reading

Sex and contraceptives – for adolescents

Greg Pfundstien writes on NRO that the American Academy of Pediatricians, in response to high teen pregnancy rates, endorses Plan B and other emergency cotraceptives.  Problem is – they don’t work to reduce teen pregnancy rates.  But they do push an agenda from the academy and apparently the Obama administration. According to the AAP, pediatriciansContinue Reading

Top legislative issues take issue with Perdue’s Dix proposal

The top leaders in the General Assembly, both Republicans, have taken issue with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s efforts to transfer the Dorothea Dix campus to the city of Raleigh for a major city park. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said: “The Dorothea Dix campus is a historically valuable state asset, and the future of theContinue Reading

Re: Fayetteville State and entrepreneurship

If you read the name Edward Stringham in today’s lead Carolina Journal Online news story and thought it sounded familiar, your memory is good. Stringham addressed the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society in 2010 on the theme of economic freedom. Among the topics addressed during his speech and in an interview with Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tvContinue Reading

N&O: Have sympathy for Judge Abe Jones

Earlier this month, Wake County Superior Court judge Abe Jones lost his reelection bid to Wake County public defender Bryan Collins.  The election results give the News & Observer an opportunity to paint Jones as a victim of conniving judges, racist attorneys, and an unsympathetic bar association. In July, I commented on one of Jones’Continue Reading

York assesses liberals’ new goals

Now that President Obama has won a second term, Byron York of the Washington Examiner delves into the goals the president’s ideological allies will pursue over the next four years. During the campaign it was commonplace to note that President Obama didn’t have much of a second-term agenda. Beyond his desire to raise taxes onContinue Reading

Barone explores the impact of one-party states

While a Republican-led U.S. House will continue to battle and haggle over the next two years with a Democratic president and Democratic-led Senate, Michael Barone notes in his latest column that many states have moved toward a single governing party. Starting next month, Americans in 25 states will have Republican governors and Republicans in controlContinue Reading

National Review editor probes the anti-Norquist wave

Rich Lowry devotes his latest National Review Online column to the recent spate of punditry targeting Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Known to one and all simply as Grover, he is the keeper of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge signed by almost all Republicans committing themselves not to raise taxes. For this offense, GroverContinue Reading