About: Jon Sanders

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

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Again, NC didn’t start offering film incentives till 2005

You can almost count upon op-eds and editorials written in favor of keeping North Carolina’s film incentives to cite popular, well-known North Carolina productions such as “Bull Durham” (1988), “Dirty Dancing” (1987), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003), etc. in making their case. Even though those examples preceded the incentives by years, evenContinue Reading

How overregulation invites the Nothing

Today’s newsletter discusses the obliteration of commerce wrought by overregulation, big and small. The small include a handful of state and local regulatory actions in recent news. The big include a finding by Appalachian State’s John Dawson and N.C. State’s John Seater that “GDP at the end of 2011 would have been $53.9 trillion insteadContinue Reading

See? Babies are little socialists. And you heard it here first.

“Science Says Your Baby Is a Socialist” — Mother Jones headline, Nov. 18, 2014. But if you’ve been reading the Locker Room for the last decade, you already knew that. I wrote here back on March 22, 2006, in response to the question Don’t you think there’s a little socialist in all of us? Yeah;Continue Reading

He doesn’t panic for UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill Sinecure Occupant Gene “When I call it breathtaking stupidity and a moral failing to keep poor kids in a bad education environment, I don’t mean give them any choice in schools or worse a Hope Scholarship” Nichol has grasped the election results in North Carolina. He realizes how bad it was for theContinue Reading

WUNC asks for your favorite NC film; only 1 of 17 received incentives

First off, WUNC’s poll has nothing to do with film incentives that I can tell. I just find it interesting that 14 of the 17 “North Carolina movies” WUNC identified were made before the state got involved in the race to the bottom of offering tax incentives to film production companies. Two others were madeContinue Reading

President: I’ve stolen ideas from Gruber is just some advisor not on staff who says stuff I disagree with

My newsletter last week catalogued the well-deserved fall of Jonathan Gruber. Who? Exactly. Excuse this brief trip into the arcane recesses of American politics: Last year, Jonathan Gruber was “one of the most respected economists in the world,” in the words of U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor. He was citedContinue Reading

‘It was my understanding that there would be no math’

I was reminded of Chevy Chase’s famous portrayal of President Gerald Ford in debate when I read Barry Smith’s article in Carolina Journal today: The 38 percent voting-age turnout is higher than the turnout in the last midterm election — 37.4 percent in 2010 — and is the second-highest in the state dating to 1974,Continue Reading

Video killed the ACA star

Another video has surfaced featuring smug, elitist Obamacare architect Jonathan “What, Another Speak-o?” Gruber boasting about Americans being “too stupid” to realize they were being deliberately misled over the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week, Americans learned from a University of Pennsylvania video that Gruber had trumpeted his and other ACA advocates’ use of subterfugeContinue Reading

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