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Parents support vouchers, charters, ESAs and school choice

Thousands of low income North Carolina students wait for a judge’s decision to see if they will have an opportunity that high income families have every day.  Opportunity scholarships hang in the balance.  And the policy discussion continues – should all families have options in educating their children?  If a district school does not meetContinue Reading

Is there a correlation between parking and economic growth?

We know from a review of 681 academic studies that low taxes, less burdensome regulations and more productive spending on education and infrastructure programs promotes economic growth in both the short term and long term. We also know that North Carolina’s new policy mix of tax reform, regulatory reform and restructuring and prioritizing infrastructure projectsContinue Reading

Just what America really needs — federal oversight of “truthfulness”

Hans Bader of Competitive Enterprise Institute blows the whistle on a small (merely a million bucks!) but blatantly unconstitutional program that empowers the National Science Foundation to track “untruthful” speech and hate speech. Another camel gets its politically correct nose under the tent of American politics. Think this might be used to harass enemies ofContinue Reading

During the Obama “recovery” welfare rolls keep growing

So we find out in this Cato@Liberty post. Is steadily rising dependency upon the government the new normal in America? I think so. Much as Obama and his ilk talk about job creation, that’s a low priority with them. But getting more people hooked on government — well, that’s good for Democrat voter loyalty and turnout.

Who knows their kids better than parents?

From Terry’s excellent piece on Judge Hobgood’s questioning the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarships: Hobgood insisted that private schools are “unaccountable” and participating schools guilty of “siphoning” money from public schools. He continued, “The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that haveContinue Reading

The legacy of Arab socialism

In this Cato@Liberty post, Dalibor Rohac points out that Arab governments have overwhelmingly adopted socialistic, central planning models rather than laissez-faire capitalism. That goes a long way toward explaining why so many of the people are poor and angry. Poor, angry people are more useful, however, to rulers who crave power.

How to encourage voting?

As we read in this Cato@Liberty post by Walter Olson, Los Angeles is considering a plan to encourage people to vote by giving them lottery tickets. Olson comments, “Lottery tickets, paying off in other people’s money, as a reward for voting. That’s a perfect metaphor for the political process, isn’t it?” The lengths to whichContinue Reading

We need big government as a check on big business

That’s another of the cliches of progressivism and Julian Adorney torpedoes it in today’s Freeman piece. Big business and government often cooperate for mutual gain, at the expense of small business, consumers, and the taxpayers.