Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

George Bush, back at it again

Unemployment shoots back up.

New at CJO: Critics skewer consultants’ assessments of Medicaid spending

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that critics take issue with consultants who promise Medicaid cost savings, including savings projected for North Carolina’s Community Care of North Carolina.

Arthur Brooks and Ed Feulner argue against tax increases

Arthur Brooks (president of AEI) and Ed Feulner (president of Heritage) present their case against further tax increases in this USA Today piece. You can’t say everything in the space of an op-ed piece and the points they make are sound, but I don’t think they got down to the root of the matter. TheyContinue Reading

NAEP vocabulary scores mixed

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released an assessment of vocabulary comprehension among fourth- and eighth-grade students who took the NAEP reading test in 2009 and 2011. Overall, fourth- and eighth-grade vocabulary scores did not change significantly from 2009 to 2011. In North Carolina, the scores for fourth-grade students dropped from 220 to 217Continue Reading

DeMint to leave Senate, head to Heritage

Conservative Jim DeMint is leaving his U.S. Senate seat to take over the presidency of the Heritage Foundation. CarolinaJournal.tv caught up with DeMint in 2011 during a speech to a Charlotte-area conservative group.

Real G.I.R.L.S. audit finds mismanagement

This week, the Office of the State Auditor released an audit of Real G.I.R.L.S., Inc., a Wake County non-profit organization that received nearly $100,000 in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants administered by the state. The executive director of the organization – presumably T. LaShon Ormond – could not account for thousands of dollars awarded to RealContinue Reading

Words of the Year 2012

Mirriam-Webster has announced it’s top ten words of 2012, and for the first time ever (OK, so they’ve only been doing this Word of the Year thing since 2003, but still), they’ve named two Words of the Year.  The winners for 2012 are socialism and capitalism.  Interesting, I think. The rankings are based on theContinue Reading

Chicago Tribune editors wonder when the president will get serious about spending cuts

In a new editorial, the Chicago Tribune questions the president’s devotion to a “balanced” approach for addressing the fiscal cliff negotiations. Last Wednesday, in an editorial titled “Democrats, your turn — Commit to spending cuts,” we urged Team Obama to acknowledge that the growth in domestic spending and entitlements has to diminish. House Speaker JohnContinue Reading