Fergus Hodgson (page 3)

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    Surprise: federal farm subsidies discriminate against organic agriculture

    Federal farm subsidies cost $14 billion each year, and they represent one of the many counterproductive expenses that ought to be cut sooner rather than later. From one of my FFF commentaries: The subsidies, broadly defined, go predominantly for products with established industries with abundant supplies: …
    Fergus Hodgson, January 24, 2012
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    Beyond the DREAM Act: Elevating dialogue towards immigration reform

    Last week an illegal immigrant confronted Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. “Why are you not supporting my dream?” she asked, referring to the DREAM Act, for which she would be eligible. Romney said that he could not support illegal immigration, but the questioner then publicly accused him of…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 23, 2012
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    Not again! On WPTF: Rejecting the clamor for more “stimulus” spending

    This morning, Donna and Rick Martinez of WPTF had a Wake Forest University professor, David Coates, on their radio show, and he advocated more deficit spending than is already going on at the federal level. What?! As though federal officials haven’t already dug a deep enough…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 23, 2012
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    JLF’s Fergus Hodgson offers a libertarian take on tax policy

    Fergus Hodgson delivered a libertarian perspective on tax policy today during a presentation to assistant professor John Scott’s class at UNC-Chapel Hill. Click play below to watch 58:22 of the presentation and question-and-answer session.
    Mitch Kokai, January 19, 2012
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    Historic anti-debt amendment finds sponsor in Congress

    Yesterday, Arizona Representative David Schweikert introduced the National Debt Relief Amendment for consideration by the U.S. Congress. The NDRA, if recommended by two-thirds of each chamber and ratified by three-quarters of the states, would take away federal authority to increase the debt limit without approval from a majority of…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 19, 2012
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    Ferg’s take on Ron Paul: Interview on WGSO’s Ringside Politics

    With successful campaigns in the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries—third and second, respectively—Ron Paul remains in the national spotlight. However, two broad misunderstandings are impeding his rise as the conservative front-runner and alternative to Mitt Romney: first, confusion about Paul's policy positions as a constitutional or paleoconservative; second, the dire state of the United States economy, which compels more aggressive action than the other candidates offer. Jeff Crouere (pictured), a radio host I admire with WGSO in Louisiana, had me on to address these concerns and respond to questions from callers. Click below to listen (24 minutes, mp3), and I encourage people to check out his show, weekdays at 7 to 11am CST. [audio:http://bit.ly/wZQYDh]
    Fergus Hodgson, January 18, 2012
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    2012 ranking of economic freedom: USA slips another slot to 10th, further behind Canada

    The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal have just released their 2012 ranking of nations according to economic freedom, and here are the top ten: 1 Hong Kong; 2 Singapore; 3 Australia; 4 New Zealand; 5 Switzerland; 6 Canada; 7 Chile; 8 Mauritius; 9 Ireland; 10 United States. While still in there, the United States dropped one place from last year's 9th, and the nation continues to be further behind Canada, at least according to this index. The United States' ranking is also vulnerable, since Denmark, which came in at 11th, was behind by a razor-thin margin of 0.1 out of the potential 100 points. The researchers classify any nation with a score above 80 as "free," but only the top five nations managed that. Both the United States (76.3) and Canada (79.9) received classifications as "mostly free." While the United States remains the nation with the greatest degree of labor freedom, the other news is bleak, to say the least.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 12, 2012
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    The promise of public private partnerships to aid North Carolina’s fiscal challenges

    Yesterday, I had my first chance to speak before one of North Carolina’s House committees, this one on public private partnerships or “P3s.” Click below to hear my testimony (eight minutes, mp3), and here is the written version, which each legislator received a copy of—not that I…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 11, 2012