Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Put the government in charge and costs will fall!

That was what Obamacare proponents told Americans back in 2009. Quite a few of them fell for it. Reality is now setting in and we find that Obamacare is doing the opposite — driving up costs. Hans Bader of CEI explains here.

Unanswered Questions

In today’s Education Update, Terry Stoops poses ten unanswered questions about public schools in North Carolina.  They’re thought provoking – about educational achievement, teachers, charters.  He even manages to reference the War of Northern Aggression.  Definitely worth checking it out.

Graduation rate update

Holla!  The U.S. Department of Education just released a new report, “Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10: First Look.”  Researchers used a uniform method of calculating the graduation rate, called the Average Freshman Graduation Rate or AFGR, to provide apples-to-apples graduation and dropout figures for all U.S.Continue Reading

Re: Obama and unemployment

An observation based on Roy‘s posts: the president has accepted that his political goals won’t help the economy, and he still champions them. He’s no longer shouting “What do you mean, there are no jobs?” at his flummoxed economists. He has “evolved” to the inevitable fallback position, what Dario Fernandez-Morera, author of  American Academy andContinue Reading

Re: Obama and unemployment

As a follow-up on my post from yesterday, it looks like the trend regarding Obama and our country’s unemployment problem–that is his choice to ignore it–continues. Byron York in today’s Washington Examiner has taken special note that Obama said nothing about it in yesterday’s inaugural address. As York notes: today’s jobless rate, 7.8 percent, isContinue Reading

The perils of philanthropy

My friend and occasional Pope Center contributor Martin Morse Wooster writes here about the Packard Foundation. David Packard was a believer in limited government, but the foundation he founded has become an arm of the interventionist, statist left. This is all too common — an entrepreneur makes a fortune through capitalism and then sets upContinue Reading

NC State Leader makes Half Million Salary

Randy Woodson, Chancellor at N.C. State University, received a $63,000 raise last Friday.  His annual salary is now $495,000 after a vote by the UNC Board of Governors.  In addition to this, he will receive a one-time ‘retention payment’ of $112,630 in non-state funds by March 31st, paid by N.C. State University.  To ensure hisContinue Reading

Why government spending can’t lead to prosperity

The Keynesians, led by Paul Krugman, keep shouting that the country needs much more federal spending to “stimulate” employment and bring us back to prosperity. In this piece, economist John Goodman explains why they are mistaken. In short, the Keynesians ignore the costs of government action. When you consider the foregone alternative uses for theContinue Reading