Politics (page 1062)

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    Hanson examines the ‘fat-cat few’

    Since the president and his allies have taken to blasting “fat cats at the top” while the occupiers rail against the “1 percent,” Victor Davis Hanson devotes his latest National Review Online column to exploring the lives of those who “occupy” that dreaded class.
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2011
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    New report on teacher pay

    In Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers, Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs conclude that “public-school teacher salaries are comparable to those paid to similarly skilled private sector workers, but that more generous fringe benefits for public-school teachers, including greater job security, make total compensation 52 percent greater than fair…
    Terry Stoops, November 2, 2011
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    Obama and Bush as wartime executives

    The latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis features former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s assessment of the Obama administration’s approach to the fight against Islamism. President Obama campaigned for office largely on the claim that his predecessor had shredded the Constitution. By the Constitution, he could not have meant the document signed on September 17, 1787. Article II of that document begins with a simple declaration: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” Not “some” or “most” or even “all but a teeny-weeny bit” of the executive power. The President is vested with all of it. This is particularly noteworthy when compared with the enumerated legislative powers vested in Congress: “All legislative Powers herein granted.” The Founders understood, based in part on their unfortunate experience under the Articles of Confederation, that the branch of government most likely to be in need of the ability to act quickly and decisively is the executive. The branch most likely to overreach is the legislature. The conversation reminds this commentator of an observation from former Bush anti-terrorism official Juan Zarate during an interview with Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv.
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2011
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    Why the president is spending so much time focusing on North Carolina

    Mark Halperin offers a clue in his answer to one of TIME’s latest “Big Questions”: Where will the race be won and lost? It will be very hard for Obama to repeat his ’08 wins in Florida and Indiana, and he has challenges in…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2011
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    Politicians and central banks keeping us in ‘perpetual party mode’

    In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders focuses on a vexing question: What’s the best way to explain to people that recessions are good for us? Johan Norberg says, we have gone on too long confusing the symptoms with the pathology. Actually, he…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2011
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    NC NAEP scores: Little change

    Since the early 1990s, North Carolina has participated in the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing program.  The 2011 (biennial) results were released today. Reading: Fourth-grade reading scores were not significantly different than 2009, but there was a statistically significant increase in eighth-grade reading scores.  Reading scores…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2011
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    JLF legal expert raises concerns about misuse of tax dollars to support sales-tax referendums

    Daren Bakst has fired off a series of letters this week to the Durham, Orange, and Montgomery county school systems; city of Durham; and Orange County government. Bakst believes each unit of government has broken a 2010 state law by using tax dollars to promote sales-tax referendums on the Nov.
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2011
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    Sowell has little good to say about the occupation

    Thomas Sowell‘s latest column minces no words about the “protesters” at the various Occupy locations. Members of the mobs apparently believe that other people, who are working while they are out trashing the streets, should be forced to subsidize their college education — and…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2011