Daily Archives: February 20, 2017

The limited electoral impact of gerrymandering

Fans of Thomas Sowell might remember the first question he applies to “self-righteous nonsense that abounds on so many subjects”: Compared to what? What he means is that people who complain about the negative impact of some practice or policy rarely describe what would happen in the absence of that practice or policy. They implyContinue Reading

I’m glad I didn’t take their history classes

Cristiano Lima of Politico reports on historians’ assessment of our 44th president. Historians have ranked Barack Obama the 12th best president of all time, the highest rated since President Ronald Reagan, in a new C-SPAN survey released Friday. Less than a month after exiting the White House, Obama received high marks from presidential historians forContinue Reading

Blame it on the sun

Those who remember Nicola Scafetta‘s 2013 speech to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society will not be surprised by the claims Dennis Avery makes in an American Thinker column. Dr. John Bates, a former high level NOAA scientist, set off a furor by revealing that a recent NOAA paper, which claimed global warming hadn’t “paused”Continue Reading

Dodd-Frank: Making the situation worse

Hester Peirce explains in a Mercatus Center report why the Dodd-Frank financial regulations have failed to meet their objective. Drafted and enacted in response to the 2007–2009 financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) became law in 2010. Dodd-Frank’s drafters hoped the law would repair the flaws in the financialContinue Reading

Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ writer highlights small business owners’ reaction to Trump

Gene Epstein of Barron’s probes the small business sector’s early reaction to the Trump presidency. Restored to life? The 325,000-member National Federation of Independent Business reported on Tuesday that its Index of Small Business Optimism jumped to 105.9 in the first quarter, an 11-point leap from 94.9 in the fourth quarter. As the chart belowContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor explores California’s water woes

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explains how California’s recurring water problems relate to the state government’s ill-considered policies. As happened in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and as so often seems to happen when people try to control nature, public works turned into a public-relations disaster. There came a sudden realization that peopleContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill to turn open-meetings violations into crimes. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the importance of fostering new businesses, a goal North Carolina could pursue by lowering its capital-gains tax.