Daren Bakst

Posts by Daren Bakst (page 4)

  • N & O on JLF Efforts to Stop Illegal Misuse of Public Funds

    Today, the News & Observer ran an editorial that they probably thought was an attempt to disagree with us and minimize the concerns JLF has had with the potential misuse of public funds by local governments.  North Carolina counties, school districts, and the City of Durham have likely…
    Daren Bakst, November 10, 2011
  • Improper Government Advocacy: The Importance of Stopping the Misuse of Funds

    As has been reported, JLF has sent letters to various school districts and other governmental bodies requesting that they remove advocacy material from their web sites.  The advocacy by these governmental bodies in favor of sales tax referendums isn’t limited to web-related materials only, and therefore I…
    Daren Bakst, November 4, 2011
  • City of Durham and Advocacy

    In today’s Carolina Journal Exclusive, Donna Martinez writes about a City of Durham public television program that advocated in support of the Durham County half-cent sales tax increase for transit. The city attorney argues that there’s nothing wrong with this because the city isn’t advocating for its own referendum.
    Daren Bakst, October 27, 2011
  • What’s the Biggest Problem for Small Businesses?

    According to a new Gallup Poll, “Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today, followed by consumer confidence in the economy (15%) and lack of consumer demand (12%).” That’s surprising even to me…
    Daren Bakst, October 25, 2011
  • Free Speech is Super

    The News & Observer, in an editorial entitled “Not so super,” once again criticizes the Citizens United case.  In that U.S. Supreme Court case, the Court held that corporations and unions can use their own treasury funds to support or oppose candidates in federal elections. The hysteria over…
    Daren Bakst, October 14, 2011
  • National Popular Vote: Disenfranchising Voters

    The Charlotte Observer reprinted a Los Angeles Times editorial arguing in favor of the national popular vote. In such a system, each state that has signed-on to be part of the national popular vote plan would award their electoral votes for president to the candidate who has received the…
    Daren Bakst, October 10, 2011
  • Death of Obamacare: Coming Soon

    Now that the Obama Administration and opponents of Obamacare are asking the Supreme Court to hear the challenges to Obamacare (plus the split in the Circuit Courts), it is even more likely that we will get an answer very soon (by June, 2012) as to whether the individual mandate is…
    Daren Bakst, September 30, 2011
  • Renewable Energy and Subsidies

    A letter in today’s N & O argues that fossil fuels account for 87 percent of the energy consumed in the world and received 12 times the subsidies of renewable energy sources.  It isn’t clear from the letter whether the subsidies discussed only focus on the subsidies the U.S.
    Daren Bakst, September 26, 2011