Daily Archives: December 9, 2016

An unhealthy fixation on data

I couldn’t help but recall a recent critique of the so-called electoral “efficiency gap” when reading the article that marks Andrew Ferguson‘s return to Commentary magazine. It’s titled “The Night Data Died.” In both cases, the author laments the elevation of statistical analysis over the reality of human action. In turning to social science, inContinue Reading






Man bites dog: Insurers willing to ditch individual mandate

Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a surprising piece of news from the health insurance industry. Health insurers approve of repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, the part of the law that forces Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, among other provisions included in replacement plans put forth by Republicans. America’s HealthContinue Reading






The most Scalia-like Supreme Court candidate

Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller highlights the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee who’s perceived to resemble most closely the man he would replace. A panel of legal scholars has identified Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee as the candidate on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees most like the late JusticeContinue Reading






More Main Street than Wall Street

David Smick writes at National Review Online about a necessary shift in economic priorities. People simply are holding back. Indeed, the lesson since 2008 is that record-low interest rates mean little if you are apprehensive of the future or believe the system is rigged. To achieve a robust economy, therefore, attitude is everything. It isContinue Reading






Trump shouldn’t pick winners and losers

Ian Tuttle of National Review Online reminds us that a command economy is a bad idea, regardless of who’s in charge of government. Last week, President-elect Trump intervened to keep the Carrier air-conditioner company from moving part of its operation to Mexico and shutting down its plant in Huntington, Ind. Then, on Tuesday morning, TrumpContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina’s maze of alcohol-related rules and regulations blocks innovation from entrepreneurs in an expanding industry. Jon Guze attempts to navigate the maze, and offer ideas for reform, during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo explains how Union County saved nearly $1.3 million by adopting a Direct Primary Care option for itsContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

The latest Carolina Journal Online parody features a proposed radical overhaul of North Carolina’s Council of State races. John Trump’s Daily Journal highlights state laws that impede growth of craft alcoholic beverage businesses.