Daily Archives: December 12, 2016

A name I haven’t heard in a while…..

Look who makes an appearance Dan Way’s CJ cover story on possible legal problems involving North Carolina’s state employee pension plan: Siedle conducted a preliminary forensics study on the North Carolina Teachers and State Employees Retirement System, which has 900,000 members, in 2014 for the State Employees Association of North Carolina. State Treasurer Janet CowellContinue Reading

Still for freedom without but-face

But-face, as I’ve written here before, is the tendency of politicians to start off sounding as if they favor freedom while actually talking against it. They give a flag-waving preamble along the lines of “Hey, I’m all for freedom,” follow that with “but,” then proceed with their intent on limiting freedom. Here are some examples: Here inContinue Reading

Duke Law Consistently Near the Top with Regard to Job Placement

At the TaxProf blog, Paul Caron reports on two attempts to rank law schools in terms of how well their graduates fare in the job market: Dan Filler (Drexel) has mined the ABA placement data to rank all 203 law schools by the percentage of graduates in the class of 2015 who found full-time non-law school funded long termContinue Reading

“Duke explores stiffer penalties for ‘bias and hate’ offenses”

That’s the title of a recent post at CampusReform.org: Duke University has formed a committee to advise another committee that is working to implement recommendations issued by still another committee for addressing “bias and hate issues.” According to The Duke Chronicle, the “Task Force on Bias and Hate” spent about six months reviewing bias and hate issues onContinue Reading

Supply-side possibilities in 2017

Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute predicts major supply-side tax reforms next year. With apologies to Ronald Reagan, next year is teed up to be the biggest supply-side-policy year in American history. The expected changes are too numerous to list, but the most economically consequential will be tax reform. President-elect Trump promised a sweepingContinue Reading

A guidebook for future regulatory reform

North Carolina lawmakers have been focusing on regulatory reform for the past six years, and they’re already considering more positive changes. (That includes the possibility of exposing every state rule to a thorough review.) If they’re looking for ways to proceed with additional reforms, James Broughel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University offersContinue Reading

Cooling the global warming debate

Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute offers a cool-headed, dispassionate assessment of global warming. There is a consensus among climate scientists that human activity is contributing to climate change. However, claims that rising temperatures pose an existential threat to the human race or modern civilization are not well supported by climate science or economics; toContinue Reading

Memoir that exposes the limits of public policy

Columbia University professor John McWhorter gleans interesting insights from a new memoir tackling “hillbilly” culture. For a book arguing that poor Americans have control over the trajectory of their lives even in an unfair system, J.D. Vance’s memoir has encountered a surprisingly warm reception from America’s intelligentsia. Or maybe not so surprisingly. Hillbilly Elegy isContinue Reading