August 1, 2008
That's a lot of walking
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 3:56 PM
As a two-and-a-half-year resident of UNC-Chapel Hill's Hinton James dorm, I was glad to see this blurb cross the Associated Press wire.
We used to joke that the 900 or so students who lived at James repeated the namesake's famous walk every day.
For more serious discussions of higher education issues, visit the Pope Center's Web site.
Fighting taxes even after he's gone
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 2:26 PM
An "Under the Dome" item on the late Jesse Helms' will includes the following:
He also repeatedly used the term "death taxes" to refer to estate, inheritance and other related taxes.
Consistent until to the end.
For more on Helms legacy, you might enjoy the audio at this link.
Twenty years of Rush
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:56 PM
As the nation's most popular radio talk show host celebrates the 20th anniversary of his national program, we should be glad to know that he has turned occasionally to Locke experts for their words of wisdom.
You'll find examples here, here, and here.
T. Boone needs your help (cross posted from EnvironmentNC.com)
Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 12:43 AM
T. Boone Pickens, former oil tycoon and
present day rent seeker* and political entrepreneur says in a
commercial for his energy plan “it will work, but we need your help.”
Of course what T is really saying is that his wind power
scheme won’t work in a free and competitive market and therefore he
needs your tax dollars to ensure that his millions of dollars worth of
investments in industrial wind turbines pay-off.
*A rent seeker is a term in economics which refers to someone who
uses lobbying and influence to gain subsidies for his businesses and
regulations that harm his competitors in an attempt to attract excess
profits to himself. The left typically agrees with the right in
opposing such activities except when it is done in the name of saving
the environment, as is the case with T. Boone’s activities, then it
becomes socially enlightened.
'Corporate welfare weekly'
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 12:34 AM
From the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law:
Raleigh, NC. — During the week of July 25 – August 1, 2008 the following “incentives” were publicly announced:
$750,000.00 to IBM, by Durham County. The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC. August 1, 2008.
$65,000.00 to Ann’s House of Nuts, Incorporated, by the One North Carolina Fund. The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC. July 30, 2008.
$30,000.00 Kellex Corporation, Incorporated, by the One North Carolina Fund. The Citizen Times, Asheville, NC. July 29, 2008.
The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law compiles this information from media sources only as a public service to all North Carolina taxpayers.
The federal housing bailout
Posted by George Leef at 11:26 AM
Lawrence Lindsey has an excellent op-ed on it in today's Wall Street Journal. Read it here.
The taxpayers will now have to cover prodigious waste in the bloated housing industry because years ago Washington got involved in something where it had no logical or constitutional business. The drafters of the Constitution knew what they were doing when they assigned the federal government a very limited role, which not only does not include housing, but also education, energy, labor, product design and safety, and many other things.
It would be fascinating to see an alternate United States where the limits on government power in the Constitution had been followed. It would be far wealthier and technologically advanced than our actual US. I would hazard a guess that the comparison between that alternate US and our actual one would be on the magnitude of the difference between the actual US and Mexico.
Save us, not the watt
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 11:08 AM
An energy expert named Richard Spellman has added more fuel to the fire of criticism targeting Duke Energy's Save-A-Watt program.
Regular readers in this forum know that Daren Bakst has many problems with Save-A-Watt.
Politician admits corporate welfare is not for the people of NC
Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 10:45 AM
In an AP article posted on WRAL.com Sen. John Kerr (D) of Wayne County is quoted extensively as a spokesman in favor of the up-coming sales-tax-free weekend. Referring to North Carolina's corporate welfare giveaways, Kerr states that "We do so much for the big corporations that come in... [a]t least this
is something for our people in North Carolina." Finally, a politician who agrees that all the goodies handed out to attract businesses to the state are not "for our people in North Carolina." They say that the first step toward giving up an addiction is admitting that there is a problem. It looks like there's hope.
Eco-socialists attack private sector water (cross posted from EnvironmentNC.com)
Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 10:10 AM
The anti-capitalist anti-freedom left, which is now using
environmentalism as its bulwark, is going after bottled water–of course
because of the oil that it uses and the CO2 it contributes to the
atmosphere and the global warming it’s causing, blah, blah, blah. Here’s an excellent article about the issue from Angela Logomasini over at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Thanks to environmental activists and busybody
lawmakers, bottled water may soon be more expensive and less
accessible. They say bottled water is wasteful and environmentally
irresponsible, and they are pushing a host of silly laws to tax, ban or
otherwise hinder access to the product.
Among the anti-bottled water complaints is the claim that making and
transporting bottled water uses too much oil and that switching to tap
water could significantly reduce U.S. oil consumption. Yet even if
everyone stopped drinking bottled water, U.S. oil consumption would
decrease just 0.02 percent, based on figures found in a recent New York
Times article criticizing bottled water.
But of course this is not about bottled water per se. As is typical
of the eco-left they use environmental causes as a ruse to attack what
is private and profit making–that which they do not, through their
wholly owned subsidiaries in government, control. What this is about is
protecting socialist monopoly water from competition. As Logomasini
points out, “greens insist that bottled water is different than other
products because it can be replaced with tap water,” that is government
monopoly water. There is no question in my mind that if there was not a
competitive free market bottled water industry but instead a
government-run bottled water monopoly, there would be no problem–the
true mission would be accomplished.
Latest dispatches from the political trail
Posted by John Hood at 08:30 AM
• A ad financed by group allied with the Democratic Governors Association attacks Pat McCrory on the minimum-wage issue, just days after Beverly Perdue took a shot at the McCrory camp about the creation of a friendly PAC by a Republican Governors Association.
• Campaigning in Swain County, Kay Hagan calls for more-restrictive trade policies and ending U.S. military operations in Iraq “safely and responsibly.” Elizabeth Dole reiterates her opposition to FDA regulation of tobacco.
Another term for "public schools"
Posted by George Leef at 08:21 AM
Vin Suprynowicz prefers to call them "ignorance factories." Read his piece here.
This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:42 AMAs Gov. Mike Easley closes in on his final months in office, he’s been dealing with some unwelcome publicity. Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington has raised questions about Easley’s taxpayer-funded travel, along with the recent 88 percent pay raise Easley’s wife secured from N.C. State University. Carrington discusses his reporting in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio.
During the final month of the legislative session, some state lawmakers discussed the prospects of overhauling North Carolina’s sales tax. They ended up making some minor revisions, but you’ll hear their discussion of the topic, along with reaction from Joe Coletti.
We’ll also discuss two other topics that cropped up in the final days of the General Assembly’s work in Raleigh. House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, and Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth, will offer competing assessments of the fiscal “health” of the State Health Plan, while Sens. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, will discuss their colleagues’ decision to endorse an end to federal prohibition of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Roy Cordato will respond to the Republicans’ comments about drilling.
We’ll also hear Terry Stoops’ assessment of the latest developments in testing data tied to the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Today's Carolina Journal Online features
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:31 AM
This week's Carolina Journal Friday interview features a conversation with Elizabeth Kantor, editor of the Conservative Book Club and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.
Katie Bethune's guest Daily Journal questions Wilson's decision to devote resources to a citywide fiber network.
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