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    A questionable plan for Social Security

    Andrew Biggs uses a National Review Online column to question a new proposal for changing Social Security. On January 31, over 200 House Democrats jointly introduced the Social Security 2100 Act, legislation that would expand Social Security both by raising the 12.4 percent payroll tax and by phasing…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2019
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    Misunderstanding the tax refund’s significance

    Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review Online takes a Democratic presidential candidate to task for her recent statements involving tax refunds. Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) notes that the average tax refund is $170 lower than last year, and comments, “Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is:…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the first bill filed this year to reform the N.C. electoral redistricting process. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal addresses the morality of wealth.
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2019
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    What happens when you try to pay the unauthorized substance tax

    If you are comfortable providing your name, phone number, and mailing address to get the tax stamps required for illegal substances, Jonathan Holbrook of the School of Government would like to hear how it goes. Actually, we all would.
    Joseph Coletti, February 13, 2019
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    North Carolina’s extensive alcohol regulations: the count

    North Carolina devotes over 75,000 words to regulating alcohol, placing over 1,000 restrictions on alcohol beverages.
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2019
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    Martin Center column focuses on academic hoaxers

    John Staddon’s latest Martin Center column asks whether the academics who perpetrated a recent high-profile hoax actually did anything wrong. One of the three “Sokal Squared” academic hoaxers, Peter Boghossian of Portland State University, has been accused of violating his university’s research policies. Boghossian is the only one of…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2019
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    Federalist columnist decries ‘self-supremacy’

    Stella Morabito of the Federalist takes aim at politically powerful control freaks. “Self-supremacy” is a term that aptly describes an out-of-control craving for personal power. It’s the main source of pollution in today’s political landscape. One example is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently lit the World…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2019
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    York explores fight over Trump tax returns

    Byron York of the Washington Examiner contends congressional Democrats are preparing for the “ultimate fishing expedition.” Yes, Democrats want to start a new investigation into already-under-investigation Trump-Russia allegations. And yes, they want to investigate Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and others. But by far the biggest…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2019