Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

The Results Are In: Updated Exchange Enrollment Numbers Now Available

The results are in.  Today, the Department of Health and Human Services released an updated report on the number of individuals signing up for health coverage on the Obamacare exchanges.  The national enrollment period began on October 1 and ends on March 31, 2014. Nationwide, 364,682 individuals were able to cross the application process finishContinue Reading

Trick question for leftists: Is the conclusion of A Christmas Carol moral?

The warm conclusion of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol has his hated capitalist, Ebenezer Scrooge, transformed into a man gratefully giving to help the destitute, feeding the poor, even financially helping the family of a stricken child. Thereby he became “as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, asContinue Reading

Don’t be afraid!

Of anarcho-capitalism, that is. In today’s Freeman essay, David Hebert argues that many people misunderstand how anarcho-capitalism really would work, if only we could get government out of the way. One of my favorite Mencken lines goes like this: The aim of practical politics is to menace the people with an endless series of hobgoblinsContinue Reading

Christensen: Student performance has nothing to do with policy

OK, so the title of this blog post is a bit of an exaggeration.  I doubt that News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen believes that student performance has nothing to do with debates over K-12 education policy. But I was taken aback by his latest piece, titled “NC’s kids are doing better than you think.”Continue Reading

North Carolina Ranked 35th in Overall Health

This morning, I’ve been looking at a new report published by the United Health Foundation looking at health, state-by-state, across America.  America’s Health Rankings, 2013 examines a wide variety of measures in each of the 50 states.  It ranks North Carolina 35th in overall health.  We’re 33rd in obesity and 37th in physical inactivity amongContinue Reading

Leef’s latest Forbes column reflects on college students’ poor writing skills

George Leef devotes his latest Forbes article to the dismal state of writing among the current crop of college graduates. Suppose you sent your daughter to a music camp—an expensive camp lasting months. She had said that she wanted to learn the violin, so you bought her a nice one and sent her off toContinue Reading

Bang for the buck district list

This week’s newsletter, Which school districts get the most bang for the buck?, prompted several folks to ask for a complete list of school district spending and performance.  Enjoy! District Per Student Pass Rate Graduation Rate Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools  $10,735 68.5 92.6 Union County Public Schools  $7,944 59.0 90.8 Mooresville Graded School District  $8,065Continue Reading

Businessweek examines congressional gridlock

The latest Bloomberg Businessweek examines changes in congressional operations that have led to a growth in gridlock. For much of the 20th century, committee chairmen were the most powerful people in Congress. They could hold up bills or bring them to a vote. In the 1970s political scientists looking at how Congress worked didn’t believeContinue Reading