About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

A tale of two satires

The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz spoofs the UNC athletics/academic fraud scandal. The satire, published under the title “U.N.C. Boosters Outraged That Some Athletes Took Real Classes,” concludes with: “As a university, it is our sacred duty to protect our athletes from education,” the university spokesman said. “We can—and we must—do better.” With all due respectContinue Reading

Spoiling the previous Haugh-as-spoiler narrative

It has been received wisdom for months — almost to the point of the election headlines having already been written — that Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Sean Haugh was going to spoil the election for the Republican, House Speaker Thom Tillis. As Democrats fretted Senate races in other states, here in North Carolina thereContinue Reading

McDonald’s is struggling right now. Backers of a huge minimum wage increase take note.

My newsletter draws lessons from McDonald’s struggles, which owe to dealing with significant price increases in inputs such as beef, cheese, and pork, trying to hold onto its signature Dollar Menu items, and quietly raising prices elsewhere. Consumers are adjusting accordingly (demand curves slope downwards), especially those whose interest in McDonald’s is as a low-priceContinue Reading

You might be a progressive media if …

… you aren’t interested at all in reporting about Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband’s receipt and use of stimulus money to hire Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband’s business, nor when the project came in under budget, in reporting on their failure to return $114,519 to the taxpayers — but you are interested in reporting on the state’sContinue Reading

Wednesday Fracking Video

Phelim McAleer continues to expose fraud in the movement against hydraulic fracturing: If you’ve read my reports and newsletters on hydraulic fracturing, you’ve encountered Mayor Tillman, the filmmaker McAleer, and Alisa Rich. My Facts on Fracking Policy Report discussed Dish, Texas, and Tillman: In 2010 the mayor of Dish, Texas, Calvin Tillman, ignited controversy byContinue Reading

Obamacare hurts employees and employers

Health Care Solutions Week: Sally Pipes in Forbes today explains how, because of Obamacare, “workers are going to get squeezed from both sides“: Evidence is mounting that Obamacare raises health costs for small firms and thereby reduces workers’ wages. Writ large across the entire economy, the law is not just discouraging firms from creating newContinue Reading

Media: We need to follow Alabama’s lead on incentives so we don’t end up like Alabama

Economic incentives packages — special tax breaks negotiated for particular companies or industries while all others continue to pay higher rates for the apparent crime of not closing up shop but continuing to employ North Carolinians and engage in commerce in this state — are among the worst examples of government cronyism. If cronyism isContinue Reading

A rather unusual criticism

From the N&O’s article on Gov. McCrory’s speech to UNC: McCrory’s views on higher education have prompted criticism from UNC professors, dozens of whom sat in front rows Sunday. Some say his position undervalues the traditional liberal arts education … I almost expected that sentence to end with “and that’s our job.” The story ofContinue Reading

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