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Michelle’s School Lunches

In yet another example of a failure of well-intentioned policy, Michelle Obama’s new school lunch guidelines are creating all sorts of unintended consequences.  Unintended, but not unforeseeable.  I mean, is anyone really all that surprised that kids don’t love healthier lunches so are purchasing fewer of them and throwing more away?  That shouldn’t exactly beContinue Reading

If it ain’t broke…

Finally, some sense on climate change! This week in the New York Post, there is a great opinion piece looking at the actual data around climate change – you know, stuff like warming trends, melting ice caps, rising sea levels.  These scientists note that:  According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warmingContinue Reading

Tax (un)Competitiveness

The Tax Foundation has a new report out today, and it’s not exactly great news for the US.  According to their International Tax Competitiveness Index for 2014, the US ranks 32nd out of 34 countries in the OECD. This is a group of the world’s most developed economies – most of Europe, North America, Australia,Continue Reading

The cost of July 4th

Thanks to Zero Hedge for this graph illustrating just how much more that burger you’ll likely grill tomorrow is going to cost you than it did last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…  Be sure to note their explanation of the asterisks. Blue is Greenspan unleashing his dot-com bubble rescueContinue Reading

Transparency for Charter Schools

This morning, I saw this headline. McCrory threatens veto of charter school bill over transparency… Being a big fan of both charter schools and transparency, I clicked through.  It turns out there’s a larger charter schools bill which includes a provision to “shield charter school teachers from publicly disclosing their names and salaries.”  We’re talkingContinue Reading

Where have all the jobs gone?

In today’s Daily Journal, the John Locke Foundation’s Roy Cordato talks about the devastating impact Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage will have on teenagers and low-skilled workers.  Yesterday, Andrew Puzder, CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s, talked about some of the exact same issues in the Wall Street Journal. His piece is worth readingContinue Reading

When minimum wage workers don’t want a raise…

Seattle has just raised its minimum wage…to $15 an hour.  You read that right.  $15.  In North Carolina, the minimum wage is $7.25, so Seattle’s will be more than double ours.  And in case you’re wondering, that’s equivalent to a little more than $30,000 a year for a full-time employee. The Locke Foundation’s Roy CordatoContinue Reading

Waiting for hospital treatment

This morning, I had one of those moments where you suddenly feel like you’ve slipped back to some other place or time.  I was reading the tragic story of Donald Douglass, a veteran who, his family is claiming, died as a result of treatment delays at VA hospitals.  After a skin cancer diagnosis in 2011,Continue Reading

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