• John Locke Update

    Japan: no COVID lockdown, no testing asymptomatic people, and no excess deaths

    posted January 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    "The West should envy Japan's COVID-19 response" is the title of this article in Japan Times. The author is Ramesh Thakur, an emeritus professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University and former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. Thakur lets the West have it, and by extension the demonstrably failed virus mitigation orders here in NC from Gov. Roy Cooper.
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    School ­­­Choice During the Pandemic

    posted December 17, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    There’s always been overwhelming support for programs offering school choice opportunities for disadvantaged and special-needs children assigned to underperforming or unsafe public schools. Modest investments in school choice programs can…
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    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 2

    posted December 15, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
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    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 1

    posted December 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
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    A Covid Misery Index

    posted December 1, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Since each state’s business restrictions temporarily sacrifice jobs to save lives, a reasonable question would be, “How are states doing?” That is the point of the Covid Misery Index, which measures each state on jobs lost per million state residents since February and the number of Covid-related deaths per million state residents.
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    State revenue picture continues to improve

    posted November 23, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina state government continued to have strong finances seven months after the economy first began to slow in March. Budget writers should nevertheless be cautious about adding spending commitments, however.
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    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, continued

    posted November 19, 2020 by Jon Guze
    Cooper will continue to occupy the Governor’s mansion, and he’s made it very clear he intends to go on issuing lockdown orders without COS concurrence. Which raises a question for those of us who still object to those orders: what can we do about them now?

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