Daily Archives: December 4, 2013

Furthermore, making money is moral. Let Stossel and Bono explain.

I want this post to piggyback on my previous one, in which I pointed out the obvious that “Art Pope and his family have done more actual, practical good for the poor in North Carolina than all but a very few others in this state.” My post discussed Pope’s charitable giving as well as hisContinue Reading

State education funding indexed to inflation? Yes please!

After hearing that the North Carolina General Assembly raised per pupil and overall spending on K-12 education, liberals objected, saying that the increases do not keep up with inflation.  It is the only play they have after spending months claiming that the legislature slashed education funding. But perhaps my friends on the left are onContinue Reading

Will Young Invincibles Go For The Bronze?

Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges offer four “metallic” levels of health plans: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.  Bronze plans cover 60% of benefits, meaning consumers will be responsible for higher out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles.  Meanwhile, platinum plans come with the most expensive premiums but cover 90% of benefits. Along with the metallic coverage levels, catastrophic plansContinue Reading

What libertarians are for

The standard, snide, leftist dismissal of libertarians is that we’re only in favor of individual greed and personal pleasure. In this superb Freeman column, Duke professor Michael Munger gives a strong rejoinder to that. Libertarians are for civil society, which allows for a profusion of voluntary associations meant to solve all kinds of social problems.

Defining Affordability

Within the federal health law’s health insurance exchanges, it can be argued that cost does not differ much when comparing bronze plans to catastrophic plans.  Bronze plans do provide the benefit of subsidies to eligible individuals, but will they still be affordable without subsidies? If not, will catastrophic plans even be affordable?  Is bronze the newContinue Reading

Leef documents for Forbes readers an attack of the bureaucrats

George Leef’s latest column for Forbes documents another example of bureaucratic overreach. Just when you think you’ve heard about the worst case of federal bureaucratic bullying, along comes a story that makes you shake your head in disbelief. As Kimberly Strassel wrote in her recent Wall Street Journal article “Piano Sonata in FTC Minor,” theContinue Reading

Charter schools saved taxpayers $1,100 per student last year

During the 2012-13 school year, charter schools spent $500 per student less than districts.  According to NC Department of Public Instruction data, the average expenditure for district schools was $8,514.21 per student.  The average charter expenditure was $8,013.77 per student.  Neither per student expenditure figure includes capital expenditures. Districts spent an average of $594.92 perContinue Reading

Republicans increase total K-12 spending

Despite a significant decrease in federal funding, K-12 education spending in North Carolina broke the $12 billion mark last year, according to the NC Department of Public Instruction. School Year State Sources Federal Sources Local Sources Total 2012-2013  $7,706,801,545  $1,470,124,139  $2,975,235,140  $12,152,160,824 2011-2012  $7,599,573,456  $1,675,408,103  $2,683,319,423  $11,958,300,982 2010-2011  $7,277,494,587  $1,909,891,466  $2,675,887,290  $11,863,273,343