Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 173)

  • Edwards said to want “a focus on poverty” from Obama

    This story is via Ed Cone. Judging from John Edwards’ habitual approach to the issue, he wants only for Obama to make a show for the cameras of “caring” about poverty, nothing more. After all, the man has a revealed preference for empty talk…
    Jon Sanders, May 19, 2008
  • Betts: They can’t make it stop

    Charlotte Observer veteran Jack Betts bemoans the same ugly problem I have decried. Betts writes that appeals with racial overtones have long been a part of Tar Heel politics. The Democrats majored in it long before the Republicans, developing it into an ugly art form at the end…
    Jon Sanders, May 13, 2008
  • SNL: Don’t make it stop

    Overt racial and gender-based appeals in the Democrat primary are the stuff Saturday Night Live spoofs are made of. In this one, Sen. Hillary Clinton makes her appeal to superdelegates; it includes the following quotation: In fact, once Sen. Obama is out of the picture, I look forward…
    Jon Sanders, May 11, 2008
  • No, really, make it stop

    Since I last posted my plea for Democrats to cease and desist their overt appeals to racism and sexism in the presidential primary (which, I said back then, had already gotten beyond parody, although I still try), things have gotten decidedly worse. On the Drudge Report right now, one can see how bad it's getting (a screenshot):
    Jon Sanders, May 8, 2008
  • It must be Bad Idea Thursday

    The News & Observer is replete with reports of exceedingly bad ideas affecting Raleigh and Wake County today: Preventing hospitals from building satellite campuses in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs and Garner Increasing water rates now that the drought's over but the restrictions are still in place, because water usage and therefore water revenue is down Seeking to double Raleigh's impact fees A breakdown of each issue after the break:
    Jon Sanders, May 8, 2008
  • Yes! We’re sexist!

    On May 6, North Carolina answered the question of our time: Are you (Democrat voters) racist or sexist? Now we know! Although no doubt there will be plenty, especially in the various grievance industries, who will angrily stamp their feet and insist that…
    Jon Sanders, May 7, 2008
  • Campus Quixotes

    "Don't just stand there; do something!" The well-worn expression favors action over inaction when faced with a problem. When catastrophe looms, some people naturally spring to work immediately. Others react as does the bird transfixed by the snake; they are the ones who need such a reminder to be snapped back to reality. Action is warranted when the problem is immediate. But especially when the problem is perennial -- or as in the case of "global warming," the problem is theoretical -- the "do something" mentality can lead to very silly actions, whether it's "fighting global warming" by using only one square of toilet paper per restroom visit, creating a talking cartoon fish to get people to stop pouring grease down their drains, believing that chanting the word "vagina" helps fight sexual assault, or, in this case, thinking a theatre1 troupe will actually "promote health/wellness and social justice." The Durham Herald-Sun report on UNC-Chapel Hill's Campus Health Services' Interactive Theatre Carolina -- one of the "Wellness Services"2 -- falls comically in line3 with the assumptions behind the "service":
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2008
  • Carter takes time out from cozying up to terrorists to bash North Carolina

    Per WRAL: Carter was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win North Carolina. That was in 1976. Bill Clinton came close to carrying the state, but the inability to do so is something that continues to frustrate and puzzle some party leaders. “It’s a race issue. There’s no doubt,”…
    Jon Sanders, May 2, 2008