Fergus Hodgson

Posts by Fergus Hodgson (page 5)

  • My favorite source for pro-liberty news and opinion: Reddit.com

    Update, July 18, 2012: I’ve just started a new reddit page for pro-liberty content related to North Carolina. Please consider subscribing to r/NC_Liberty. If you’ve yet to use Reddit.com, you are missing out. For those who complain of media bias, Reddit.com is the ultimate…
    Fergus Hodgson, July 18, 2012
  • For the Homeschooling Naysayers: $600 versus $10,000

    You be the judge. Learn more at NoAgendaHomeSchool.com.
    Fergus Hodgson, July 8, 2012
  • Let us come: Immigration is a win-win

    Update: July 2, 2012 This morning I was pleased to receive another interview regarding immigration, this time with Butler on Business. The hosts, Alan Butler and Jason Riddle, were curious as to how to reconcile a welcome for immigrants and respect for the law. That is a challenge,…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 29, 2012
  • So, you believe the United States is open to legal immigration?

    And people wonder why soon there will be a permanent cruise ship off the coast of California. It will host entrepreneurs who want to be part of Silicon Valley but are without visas to start businesses and live in the United States. Click on the image for its full…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 22, 2012
  • NPR producers get it: Occupational licensing is thinly veiled protectionism and out of control

    I have to admit most NPR shows are, to put it gently, not to my liking. However, they are now exposing the lunacy of occupational licensing, and I commend them for this audio segment and article. Click here or below to listen (4 minutes): [audio:http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2012/06/20120621_me_08.mp3] They rightly note…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 21, 2012
  • Approach to unexpected tax revenues reveals legislator priorities

    North Carolina’s General Fund revenues for this fiscal year are proving to be higher than anticipated. According to the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division, the 2012 surplus will be $232.5 million. Combine that with a $21 million higher projection for 2013, and legislators have $253.5 million to play with this session…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 14, 2012
  • The voter ID law is about confidence and integrity

    This article is a submission from Diane Rufino, June 7, 2012. I'm writing this article to urge fellow North Carolinians to continue their support of the Voter ID bill (H.R.351) and to oppose any efforts by the Republican leadership in the NC General Assembly to compromise or water down the protections of the bill in any way, shape, or form. I know opponents of the bill believe or simply buy into the hype that a Voter ID law will somehow disenfranchise certain individuals by denying them the opportunity to vote. Groups like the NAACP charge that if NC passes such a bill, minority voters will be denied the right to vote. They feed racial paranoia that white establishment is always looking for ways to keep the black population suppressed. When the bill was being debated last year, Reverend William Barber of the NAACP addressed a crowd at the "Rally Against the Photo ID Bill" in the NC Legislature on April 13.  He told the crowd:  "On April 13, 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King was in a Birmingham jail trying the move the country forward.  And now the radical Republicans in this legislature are trying to take us backwards."  And yet there are no instances of blacks being denied the right to vote in North Carolina.  Reverend Barber knows full well that the bill is aimed at protecting a process and is not motivated by any racial animus or any intent at all to disenfranchise a single voter.  North Carolina is home equally to people of all colors and ethnicities. The bill is neutral on its face, with proper default provisions included. It's hard-pressed to see how any voter will honestly be prevented from voting.  The only thing the bill really does is prevent someone from voting using another's identity. Voter fraud and the opportunity for voter fraud destroys the integrity of that system and undermines the confidence of voters in the system which allows them to participate in their government and which ultimately protects their rights and interests. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5p70YbRiPw
    Fergus Hodgson, June 8, 2012