Daily Archives: March 15, 2017

Some mathematical fun with Trump’s and Clinton’s taxes

When telling a story involving data, it’s often a good idea to step back and ask whether particular data points illuminate or mislead. Sometimes even an interesting data point would benefit from additional perspective. Take the current news involving Donald Trump’s taxes. You’ve likely read that President Trump paid $38 million in taxes on $150Continue Reading






Another reason to be ware of the ol’ public-private partnership…

…..I present the proposed downtown Greensboro performing arts center….Citizens and antsy donors are awaiting at the very least a groundbreaking–which the News & Record reports in today’s edition will be April 26. No doubt that date has been set as a reaction to the N&R’s recent reporting on what will be called the Tanger CenterContinue Reading






How a 2013 red tape reform is working in NC — and how it can do more

This is an encouraging result, even though the blue section shows how much more could be done. Senate Bill 16, inspired by comments from the head of the Rules Review Commission, would address that portion. Read my report for more details.






N.C. congressman among those pushing Senate to bypass normal rules

Susan Crabtree of the Washington Examiner details a proposal to ditch U.S. Senate rules that block Republicans’ health care agenda. Conservative House Republicans are ratcheting up the pressure on House and Senate GOP leaders to go back to the drawing board and write a more expansive Obamacare replacement overhaul bill and ditch the usual SenateContinue Reading






Another important number from the CBO report

Most headlines associated with the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the proposed American Health Care Act have focused on the likely number of people who would lose health insurance. Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon highlights another less publicized projection. The American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act, isContinue Reading






About those Congressional Budget Office numbers

Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller suggests that people treat with caution the latest high-profile numbers from the Congressional Budget Office. The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the White House-backed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in an estimated 24 million more uninsured people by 2026. The CBO previously overestimated the amountContinue Reading






Some on the Left decry their own handiwork

Dennis Prager explains at National Review Online why some members of the political Left have only themselves to blame for the latest spate of campus craziness. In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, andContinue Reading






Supporting ‘Trumpcare’ for the wrong reason

Rich Lowry of National Review Online targets a particularly poor argument supporting President Trump’s preferred plan for replacing Obamacare. Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don’t need health insurance. Yet this is a Trump administration talking point. White House press secretary Sean Spicer toldContinue Reading