Daily Archives: December 11, 2012

What everyone knows and what no one knows about the Dorthea Dix Deal.

It was just a week ago that the dirty Dix deal was finalized.  Since then we’ve learned that there are even more unanswered questions that would have warranted more deliberate consideration before sealing this deal. Here’s what we know: Under Bev Perdue’s final days as governor, she pushed through a deal that leased away theContinue Reading

Two NC districts awarded Race to the Top-District grants

Sixteen districts, including Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville in North Carolina – will split a pot of $400 million in federal money. According to the U.S. Department of Education press release, districts will use the money “to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievementContinue Reading

DPI: Thank us for TIMSS scores

The results of the TIMSS (Trends In International Mathematics and Science Study) were released today.  North Carolina was one of a handful of U.S. states to participate in TIMSS testing of fourth- and eighth-grade students in math and science. At 11:00 am, my weekly newsletter was published.  In it, I remarked, The most important thingContinue Reading

Boudreaux again KO’s Krugman

Paul Krugman is always looking for any excuse to expand the power of government and in a recent NYT column, thinks that his “share of the pie” numbers work. Don Boudreaux once again refutes his statist notions: Editor, The New York Times 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY  10018 Dear Editor: According to Paul Krugman,Continue Reading

We don’t need a “balanced” fiscal approach

Playing on the simple-minded notion that whatever is “balanced” must be best, Obama and his cheerleaders for omnipotent government insist on “solving” our fiscal problem with a combination of tax increases (euphemistically called simply “revenue” as if the government were a business that gets money through voluntary trade) and spending reductions. In this sharp piece,Continue Reading

Sowell highlights one way an overspending government taxes the poor

With all the political rhetoric about raising taxes on “the rich,” Thomas Sowell devotes his latest column to a time-tested method the government uses to raise taxes on the poor: inflation. Despite all the political rhetoric today about how taxes won’t be raised except on “the rich,” inflation transfers a percentage of everybody’s wealth toContinue Reading

National Review editors urge state leaders to resist Obamacare health insurance exchanges

A day after Carolina Journal Online reported that N.C. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory has not signaled whether he will move forward with a health insurance exchange tied to Obamacare, National Review‘s editors have urged all states to resist the idea. Backers of Obamacare want state governments to create exchanges. They note that the federal government willContinue Reading

Putting today’s political debates into perspective

When you spend most of your day reading and talking about fiscal cliffs, regulatory overreach, marginal tax rates, and other topics of immediate concern, it’s nice every so often to ponder political issues that have a longer-lasting impact — longer in the sense of thousands of years. Book one of Alan Ryan’s On Politics hasContinue Reading