Daily Archives: December 13, 2016

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. He was interested in liberty,Continue Reading

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: 25.1 percent Colorado: 25.0 percentContinue Reading

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 of taxation is that a low tax rate on a broadContinue Reading

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. Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment’s clear favorite and best fundraiser in theContinue Reading

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 on their Obamacare strategy. Insurers, drug makers, device makers, doctors, hospitalsContinue Reading

‘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 on campus to inject a “black studies” course into “the curriculumContinue Reading

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 in 1980,” says Ed Feulner, a key Trump transition adviser. AsContinue Reading

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 of the election. For another, it doesn’t, strictly speaking, exist. WeContinue Reading