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September 19, 2007

Charlotte's half-cent transit tax

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 9:55 PM

As voters in the Charlotte area decide whether to keep or repeal their special sales tax for transit services, the John Locke Foundation sponsored a debate on the topic this morning.

The entire program lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

For those who lack the time to watch the entire presentation, you can see highlights at the following links.

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Indoctrinate U.

Posted by George Leef at 10:38 AM

That's the title of a documentary film by Evan Maloney. It will receive its first public screening next Friday. In this week's Clarion Call, Maloney writes about his experiences in making the film.

Guess what? Most of the higher ed administrators he approached were very uncooperative.

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Re: Wake County Facilities Reports

Posted by John Hood at 10:27 AM

Great, now we have stooped to quoting Kierkegaard. Perhaps the Locke Foundation has not yet officially jumped the shark, but it's safe to say that we have at least hurdled a small halibut.

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Ethanol's cost apparent even to NY Times

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 10:02 AM

It took a while for this to sink in, so I'm not holding my breath for such wisdom as is on display today to change the paper's stance on global warming or other subjects, but it's nice to see sense every once in a while. Some examples:

  • The economics of corn ethanol have never made much sense.
  • Meanwhile, the environmental benefits are modest.
  • There is nothing wrong with developing alternative fuels... What’s wrong is letting politics — the kind that leads to unnecessary subsidies [or taxes?], the invasion of natural landscapes best left alone and soaring food prices that hurt the poor — rather than sound science and sound economics drive America’s energy policy.

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WSJ editorial on HillaryCare

Posted by George Leef at 09:25 AM

It's just the same bitter old wine in a new, somewhat less ugly bottle. Read the editorial here.

I've sent a letter in response advocating that before any such legislation is enacted, the Constitution should be amended. Article I, Section 8, which sets forth the powers of Congress, says nothing about laws on health care. Now, it's true that in a series of New Deal era decisions, the Supreme Court nearly annihilated the idea that there are any limits on congressional power. Nevertheless, if politicians like Senator Clinton think they have good ideas, they ought first to take their case to the nation, seeking an amendment that would expressly include authority to enact any mandates, prohibitions, taxes, or other laws regarding health and medical care for citizens. Only after such an amendment should Congress tackle the details of anything like HillaryCare.

Remembering the demise of the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, the proponents of socialized health care won't want to seek an amendment, but I'd like to see how they dodge the idea if asked.

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Merit Pay Gaining Steam

Posted by Lindalyn Kakadelis at 08:29 AM

Not only did Newsweek report on the growing support for paying teachers based upon their ability in the classroom, but today’s article in the Washington Post also reports on this basic concept, foreign to our government education system. It seems merit pay plans expose “fissures” between the teacher unions and longtime Democratic friends. You got to love this quote:

"Some education experts say the unions are out of step with parents and voters who support the business-oriented idea of providing financial incentives for excellent work."

I think they got it! Maybe?

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Wake County facilities reports released today

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 07:37 AM

The Wake County Citizens' Facilities Advisory Committee report will be released today. I served on the committee for the last 14 months, and agree with a number of the recommendations in the report. But I found that the report downplays the finding that the Wake County Public School System spends considerably more on new school buildings than peer districts.

Unfortunately, the chairs of the committee, John Mabe and Billie Redmond, prohibited me from issuing a minority report that focused on these cost comparisons. I issued it anyway.

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"Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion—and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion ... while Truth again reverts to a new minority."

- Soren Kierkegaard

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