Archive: Tue Dec 2016

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    Alexander Hamilton’s ‘liberalism’ explained

    Alexander Hamilton was a liberal. But that doesn’t mean what many people today think it means. That was the gist of Duke professor Richard Salsman’s presentation Monday to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Far from being a modern-day progressive, the nation’s first treasury secretary was actually a “classical” liberal.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    K-12 spending as a percent of total state expenditures, FY 2015

    Only 11 states spend a higher percentage of their state budget on K-12 education than North Carolina. In the Southeast, only Georgia spends a larger share of its budget on elementary and secondary education. Vermont: 31.8 percent Kansas: 30.2 percent Indiana: 30.0 percent Utah: 25.3 percent Michigan: 25.2 percent Minnesota:…
    Terry Stoops, December 13, 2016
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    Simple chart tells the corporate tax rate story

    A chart from the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the need for federal corporate tax reform. “The current system has flaws that don’t make sense under any perspective,” says Alan Viard, a resident scholar at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute. A basic rule…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    The impact of money in politics

    John York uses a Federalist column to highlight a little-noted element of the recently concluded presidential election. One of the most interesting and underreported storylines of the 2016 election was the failure of wealthy donors and corporate PACs to steer the democratic process.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    Health care industry watching closely for signs of Obamacare repeal

    Paige Winfield Cunningham of the Washington Examiner probes the health care industry’s response to a new Republican presidential administration and a Republican-led Congress. The healthcare industry is starting to line up with wish lists as the GOP-led Congress and the Trump transition team work…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    ‘Black studies’ in every major

    Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports on one Midwestern school that believes every student should face a “black studies” course. Taxpayer-funded Eastern Michigan University is currently implementing an 11-point “Black Student 10-Point Plan” which — among much else — will compel every department…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    Trump’s trek toward the right

    John Fund of National Review Online probes President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of mostly conservative Cabinet picks. The biggest surprise Donald Trump has provided as president-elect is just how conservative a cabinet he is putting together. “This is a more conservative cabinet than Reagan assembled…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016
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    Mandate schmandate

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ridicules rhetoric surrounding President-elect Donald Trump and his “mandate” to lead. Who lost (“lost”) the popular vote (“popular vote”) is irrelevant for all sorts of reasons. For one thing, it doesn’t have anything to do with the outcome…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2016