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WSJ’s Henninger asks: Who’s the real stupid party?

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal devotes a “Wonder Land” column to a reconsideration of an old political insult. A constant of political life has been that there is only one “stupid party” in America—the Republican Party. Then one day you get out of bed, look out the window and what do you see?Continue Reading

Costs associated with taxes

David Allen at the Heritage Foundation examines for the Daily Signal the costs associated with taxes. In addition to the direct burden imposed by the taxes themselves, Americans face compliance costs, as well as costs in the form of revenue loss during the IRS’ tax collection process. Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union;Continue Reading

One positive unintended consequence of Congress’ unwillingness to pass a regular budget

As Sean Lengell reports for the Washington Examiner, lawmakers seem less interested these days in securing one job that used to be coveted on Capitol Hill. Republican leaders this week named four incoming freshmen to the Senate Appropriations Committee — another sign the historically powerful panel is losing relevance and appeal among lawmakers. A spotContinue Reading

Vermont dumps single-payer health care plan

Sarah Hurtubise reports for the Daily Caller on Vermont’s decision to scrap its plan for single-payer health care. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is canceling his dream plan to create a single-payer health system in the state, he announced Wednesday. “I am not going to undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms forContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As state lawmakers and the McCrory administration continue to debate the future of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, Katherine Restrepo offers suggestions about potential positive reforms. That’s a highlight of the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Christie Herrera of the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability discusses a new poll that suggests N.C. officials could payContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy about potential reforms within the UNC system. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal laments news media’s decisions to ignore important news.

Public pension reforms on the way?

Sean Higgins reports for the Washington Examiner that a new Republican-led U.S. Senate could instigate changes for state and local public pension programs. The incoming Republican majority in the Senate plans to pass laws that allow state and local governments to turn over their pension plans to the private sector. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who willContinue Reading

Stossel contrasts governing and giving

John Stossel‘s latest column at Human Events explains why the season of giving has nothing to do with government coercion. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren’t helped by coldhearted capitalism. The truth is, governmentContinue Reading

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