Daily Archives: March 17, 2017

U.S. Department of Education: Spending and Staffing

Below are two instructive graphs published by the Heritage Foundation.  President Trump’s budget would cut discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Education after decades of steady growth.  Interestingly, staffing levels have remained relatively constant since 1980.

Stein’s N&R interview

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein met with the N&R editorial board yesterday. A couple of interesting points— Stein said no progress yet on his bipartisan effort with Sen. Phil Berger to lobby the U.S. Justice Department to to require the huge plant’s owner, InBev, to sell it as a condition of the international giant’sContinue Reading

N.C. Supreme Court keeps three eugenics compensation cases alive

The N.C. Supreme Court has reversed the state Court of Appeals and revived three separate lawsuits involving the state’s eugenics compensation program. All three cases involve the estates of eugenics victims who died before a 2013 deadline set in the compensation law. The state’s highest court agreed unanimously that the Appeals Court has jurisdiction toContinue Reading

The Barbers Board would like to cut competition, too, thank you

Let it not be said that the North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners is cutting corners at the legislature this session. Aspects of two separate bills suggest the board would like it to be harder in various ways for poor barbers to make it in this state. That is, to exercise their self-evident, inalienable rightContinue Reading

Couldn’t happen to nicer guys: EPA edition

John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner details the potential impact of President Trump’s budget proposal on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget would be slashed from $8.3 billion to $5.7 billion under President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget plan. That amounts to a 31 percent cut in the agency’s budget,Continue Reading

Losing the ‘information war’

Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon details disturbing news about the American government’s ability to counter foreign propaganda. Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday.Continue Reading

Schumer’s misguided attack on the Supreme Court nominee

Ian Tuttle of National Review Online explains why New York Sen. Charles Schumer’s attack on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is misguided. On Wednesday morning, Senator Schumer and his Democratic colleagues held a press conference on Capitol Hill, featuring — in the words of a press release announcing the event — “people harmed byContinue Reading

Taking more time with the Obamacare replacement bill

Yuval Levin uses a National Review Online column to urge U.S. House Republicans to reconsider key components of their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Three of its key features, corresponding to the CBO’s three questionable assumptions, should get some attention in particular. First, most conservative health-reform plans in recent years proposed to makeContinue Reading