Category Archives: Politics


Earlier this month, I wrote on the invasive health assessment form used for 5 year old kindergarten students. Last week the New Hanover School Board got a presentation from the County Manager’s Office, showing HOW this information can be used. Remember, these forms are NOT “voluntary,” but required for enrollment. Seems the county complied theContinue Reading

Welfare reform: Still a good idea after all these years

Megan McArdle explains for Bloomberg View readers why welfare reform still makes sense nearly two decades after the Bill Clinton administration and congressional Republicans made it happen. Was welfare reform a good idea? In the past few years, I’ve started to hear a common complaint from leftish policy wonks about the welfare reforms of 1996.Continue Reading

Obama administration’s political hardball on Medicaid expansion

North Carolina is not mentioned in the article, but you can bet top Tar Heel officials are paying attention to the shenanigans described in this Bloomberg Businessweek account of recent political developments surrounding Medicaid expansion. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand eligibility for their Medicaid programsContinue Reading

Hood’s latest National Review article profiles book from upcoming JLF speaker

You’ll have to wait until May 18 if you want to hear Charles C.W. Cooke discuss his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto, for a John Locke Foundation audience. In the meantime, the National Review readers among you can read John Hood’s positive review of that book in the latest issue. To describe modern conservatism asContinue Reading

Williamson defends Trans-Pacific Partnership against free trade’s critics

Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains his support for a proposed trade deal involving the United States and primarily Asian partners. The TPP is mainly an agreement among rich nations — the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Chile, etc. — along with Vietnam and Peru, both of which are lookingContinue Reading

Global economist Malpass diagnoses the causes of sluggish growth

David Malpass‘ latest column for Forbes magazine takes aim at conventional wisdom in economic thought. ESTABLISHMENT ECONOMICS should be having a complete nervous breakdown. It claimed that growth and fairness could be created through government spending, zero or negative interest rates and central bank bond-buying. Applied massively, those policies are working in reverse, causing repeatedContinue Reading

Forbes lauds Illinois’ governor

Steve Forbes devotes space in the latest issue of Forbes magazine to the man now occupying the top job in Illinois state government. The Land of Lincoln is indeed the most fiscally dysfunctional state in the nation and has the worst credit rating among the 50 states. Its public employee pension systems are wracked withContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As N.C. lawmakers work to build on positive benefits tied to their 2013 tax reform package, they would be wise to build up state reserve funds in preparation for the next recession. That’s the advice Roy Cordato shares in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo discusses lessons this state’s Medicaid reformers couldContinue Reading