by Joseph Coletti
Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies, John Locke Foundation
You should know Stancho.
I met Stancho this morning. He lived the first two decades of his life in communist Bulgaria, then another ten or fifteen years there as the country tried to become a liberal democracy with a market economy. He came to North Carolina about a dozen years ago. Stancho explained Bulgaria is “still transitioning” and a younger generation of leaders would need to take power to root out the remaining corruption and statism. His diagnosis reminded me of work my family had the opportunity to see firsthand in Uganda to rescue women and children, raise leaders, and rebuild that country. It also is a reminder that the problems we see today in America have deep roots and effectively addressing those problems, like poverty, will take years.