Welfare

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    End of Atlantic Coast Pipeline hurts Eastern North Carolina

    Low-cost energy is an essential ingredient to economic vitality. Rodney Pitts, chairman of Southern Elevator and a John Locke Foundation board member sent the following to the Charlotte Observer as a letter to the editor. The shutting down of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, financed by Dominion Energy and Duke…
    Joseph Coletti, July 24, 2020
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    How far will your federal coronavirus payment go?

    For some people, there is never enough money. A writer for a policy group on the left grouses this time about the paltriness of federal payments to taxpayers by deliberately understating the amount of money a family could receive and overstating the costs to be borne. Some money is better…
    Joseph Coletti, March 30, 2020
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    Available funds to meet “significant economic changes”

    As more of America shuts down each day, nobody knows what comes next, but the current situation reminds us that it’s always been hard to make predictions, especially about the future. House Speaker Tim Moore posted today about the $3.9 billion in North Carolina’s unemployment trust fund that…
    Joseph Coletti, March 17, 2020
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    Needed: personal community and role models

    David French, who joined Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes to create the recently launched Dispatch is ” convinced that the more we politicize the crisis [in community] rather than personalize it and spiritualize it, the more we’ll miss the mark.” “A functioning community doesn’t just provide love and resources,” French…
    Joseph Coletti, January 14, 2020
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    No, AOC, it’s socialism that starves people

    Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times examines another ill-advised pronouncement from freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in her normal screeching manner, just raised national hackles by saying people will starve — starve! — because the Agriculture Department, under President Donald Trump’s watch, is reeling…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    A common-sense approach to food stamps

    Editors at National Review Online label the Trump administration’s approach to food stamps “commonsensical.” Our food-stamp program has some bizarre loopholes in it, and the Trump administration is trying to close them. A new rule finalized [Wednesday] attacks one in particular. In theory, the program has a strict…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    Health care for the poor

    Keith Smith co-founded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which describes itself as a “free market-loving, price-displaying, state-of-the-art, AAAHC accredited, doctor owned, multispecialty surgical facility in central OK.” In a recent interview, Smith advised “not to consider the poor in the aggregate.” They are individuals; and I believe that individuals…
    Joseph Coletti, November 22, 2019
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    Medicaid eats state budgets

    Pensions and health benefits for retired state employees are a significantly understated obligation for state governments, but until states actually budget money for those needs, Medicaid is the biggest threat to other state spending. The National Association of State Budget Officers reminds us of that with today’s release of the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 21, 2019