Fergus Hodgson

Posts by Fergus Hodgson (page 6)

  • The Office parodies NC House conflict with Perdue

    Last year, Governor Beverly Perdue ordered the resumption of some Unemployment Insurance payments after seven weeks of stalemate with North Carolina legislators. Rather than prosecute her for acting in a way they believe was illegal, however, state legislators are seeking to both scold her and retroactively…
    Fergus Hodgson, June 7, 2012
  • Déficits federales sin precedentes

    ¡Gracias por Heritage Libertad! Todo el artículo está aquí.
    Fergus Hodgson, May 29, 2012
  • Converting private education to public education: vouchers and tax credits

    As the Rocky Mount Telegram and Carolina Journal noted this morning, North Carolina legislators are considering "educational access" options for "non-public education." This legislation would allow corporations to divert up to $40 million of their taxes to nonprofits that would grant scholarships to children of low-income families to attend private schools. Although one may wish to see less reliance on public education, in favor of superior quality private education, this initiative would backfire. To understand why, one needs to consider what these words "private" and "public" mean in education.
    Fergus Hodgson, May 23, 2012
  • Revealing the fallacy of war-generated prosperity

    We’ve all heard it, “the war got us out of the Great Depression.” This fallacy, that war generates wealth and higher incomes—rather than waste, death, and destruction—seems to be everywhere, including the economics profession. Robert Higgs is an expert on this matter, and I encourage you to consider his perspective.
    Fergus Hodgson, May 21, 2012
  • Social Security versus Private Retirement

    Ditto, and this analysis is generous, considering that the Social Security Administration has already reached insolvency. Dollars coming in from new taxpayers no longer cover the cost of funds paid out, and the system’s only assets are loans with the federal government.
    Fergus Hodgson, May 2, 2012
  • Pagando por tener un espacio en la política de la Oficina del Tesorero

    ¿Trabajando para Nueva York o Carolina del Norte? Mientras hace campaña por la reelección, la tesorera de Carolina del Norte, Janet Cowell, tiene algunas cuentas que realizar. Janet Cowell Durante los tres últimos años, el sistema de jubilación de Carolina del Norte que la tesorera administra, ha conseguido rendimientos de 1.2 por ciento por debajo de la media nacional y no alcanzó su propio punto de referencia. De 31 estados terminando el año fiscal el 30 de Junio, Carolina del Norte ocupó el penúltimo lugar en ganancias, solo por delante de Pennsylvania. Con activos de $74.9 billones, esos pobres indicadores equivalen a $2.7 billones no percibidos en sus tres años. Su competidor por la candidatura demócrata, Ron Elmer, es también uno de los profesionales en finanzas más acreditados del país, y considera que aun una simple inversión en portafolio podría fácilmente superar los indicadores de los fondos de pensiones de Cowell.
    Fergus Hodgson, April 19, 2012
  • Ferg on WBT in Charlotte: The role of taxation now and in the future

    On Sunday, Bobby DeMuro of WBT Radio (pictured) invited me on his show, and I was pleased to speak with him from Quito, Ecuador. We addressed the following questions: When may taxation be justified? How is taxation destructive to the economy? How can libertarians not support government welfare? What…
    Fergus Hodgson, April 16, 2012
  • Institute for Justice takes on IRS over licensing power grab

    I can’t complement the Institute for Justice staff enough for the great work they do. A recent post by Tony Escobar on LibertyBlog.Org has drawn light to one of IJ’s latest campaigns, in defense of small-scale tax preparers against the IRS and larger outfits such…
    Fergus Hodgson, April 6, 2012