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You might be a progressive if you believe Hagan’s silly claim

So the Hagan campaign is claiming that the Senator’s family didn’t profit from the hundreds of thousands of dollars that it received from the Obama stimulus package. They argue, and I’m not making this up, that because the taxpayer subsidies didn’t more than cover the full cost of the investment they didn’t  profit from them.Continue Reading

Jane Shaw on the Wainstein report

In today’s Pope Center piece, Jane Shaw takes a look at the Wainstein report on the athletic/academic scandal at UNC. She takes a look at the findings, but also considers the bigger question: Will the university take the measures necessary to prevent any repetition of the academic scams that helped top athletes remain eligible toContinue Reading

These very rich Americans support Kay Hagan

I’m talking about trial lawyers. Timothy Carney reports that Hagan (and other Dem candidates) have raised more from them than any other group, and more than their opponents have raised from any industry. Of course, some trial lawyers help to right wrongs, as in the Duke lacrosse case. Carney’s point is that as an interestContinue Reading

Right conclusion, wrong reason on minimum wage

This morning while getting ready to come to work I heard Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends give an often made but wrong argument against the minimum wage and why it is likely to cause a reduction in hiring. The argument sounds plausibe. Employers have a certain amount of money set aside for hiring. IfContinue Reading

NB, Senator Hagan: Obamacare is worse for women

University of Chicago professor Casey Mulligan points out here that Obamacare (or the “Affordable Care Act” if you need to snicker) has adverse consequences for some groups of workers — groups in which women predominate. Senator Kay Hagan could have been a profile in courage, said to the Democratic establishment frantically pushing Obamacare, “We needContinue Reading

What if Texas had been governed like CA or IL?

In recent years, Texas has done very well economically — lots of job growth and entrepreneurship. What would the country be like if Texas had been under the thumb of union-dependent, collectivistic, government idolators such as have had control in states like California and Illinois? In this AEI article, Mark Perry shows us. Insofar asContinue Reading

Who was the last president to have a great second term?

Historian Burt Folsom makes a good case here that we haven’t had a great second term since Calvin Coolidge. Most historians put Coolidge in the “mediocre” category because he didn’t do anything “big.” Correct. He whittled down the size of the federal government, paid off much of the national debt, lowered taxes, got into noContinue Reading

NC Senate Press Release