Daily Archives: January 7, 2013

More State Incentives

Yet again, North Carolina is giving out incentives to businesses to lure them to the state.  This time, it’s $100,000 to International WoodFuels LLC for construction of a 300 metric ton-per-yer wood pellet plant. The company was already attracted by our ports, and by increasing demand for their product.  Did we really need to giveContinue Reading

A soldier’s view of the Afghanistan campaign

Having recently returned from Afghanistan, First Sergeant HansMarc Hurd described for a John Locke Foundation audience today the work his Garner-based U.S. Army Reserve unit conducted during a yearlong deployment in the Middle East. Hurd’s views were his personal assessments — not official Army statements. In the video clip below, Hurd describes one of theContinue Reading

Group gives NC a D for education laws, policies

Today, Michelle Rhee’s organization, StudentsFirst, released a state policy report card, which evaluates the education laws and policies in place in each state.  North Carolina received a D overall and ranked 32 out of the nations 50 states and D.C.  Our highest grade was a D+ in the productivity (spending and performance) and North Carolina’sContinue Reading

Poking fun at that idiotic “trillion dollar coin” idea

Charles Payne, a sharp investment guy, pokes fun here at Representative Jerrold Nadler’s idiotic idea that the federal government solve its financial problems by minting a coin with a denomination of a trillion dollars and letting the Federal Reserve have it. Nadler, like so many other statists, just doesn’t understand that it’s impossible to createContinue Reading

Prepare to hear more about health care

If you thought the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare meant that the national health care debate would cool down, Fortune magazine’s Geoff Colvin offers a different perspective. The largest issue America will face in 2013 is health care. And it will only get larger. As the national conversation changes, we’ll find that by year-endContinue Reading

Fortune’s Sloan offers Democrats a Social Security warning

The Fortune magazine columnist Allan Sloan, no rabid right-winger, thinks the recent fiscal cliff fiasco should serve as a warning for Democrats who see no need to reform Social Security. He explains why in the latest issue. I now fear that Democrats, currently feeling as empowered as the Bushies felt a dozen years ago, willContinue Reading

A rose by any other name …

Ranking right up there with the Affordable Care Act in the category of poorly named federal legislation is the law Congress approved to avert the fiscal cliff crisis. Gene Epstein of Barron’s notes the irony. How can you tell that politicians have a sense of humor? Well, who else would call the bill hastily cobbledContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man looks ahead to the next big fight

The president and Congress have steered clear of the fiscal cliff, so what’s next? Jim McTague of Barron’s devotes his latest “D.C. Current” column to the next big fight in Washington. Enjoy the brief calm before the next political hullabaloo. Full-throated resumption of the deficit feud between Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats will occur onContinue Reading