Opinion | 2012 Archive
Mar. 30th Time to Start Filling Holes
In order to build up enough reserves to meet all its obligations, North Carolina governments would have to set aside more than $2 billion a year for many years.
Mar. 29th Good Reads on Political Prediction
I never bought the “economic data explains all” theory of politics. And now there is even more reason to be skeptical, thanks to a new analysis of presidential predictions.
Mar. 29th CJ Editorial: With Friends Like These ...
In a court filing, Gov. Bev Perdue's friend Buzzy Stubbs has provided investigators plenty of justification to expand their inquiry of the governor's flight program.
Mar. 28th Time to Start Filling Holes
In order to build up enough reserves to meet all its financial obligations, North Carolina governments would have to set aside more than $2 billion a year.
Mar. 27th Obama Could Win By Losing
Unfortunately for the president and his party, events have conspired to put the media spotlight squarely on health care.
Mar. 26th No Defense for the Offense
The use of extreme language, analogies, or images that demean others merely serves to demean ourselves, our causes, and our society.
Mar. 23rd Protecting Rights Doesn't Impede Growth
North Carolina has the weakest property rights protection in the country.
Mar. 22nd Iredell Says No to the Red Line
Fixed-rail transit is the transportation equivalent of kudzu: You can't kill it.
Mar. 22nd Get to Know North Carolina
Without a solid grounding in the history of our state, North Carolinians cannot hope to chart the right course for the future.
Mar. 22nd Linda and Keith Blalock: A Strange Love Story of the Civil War
Much of the history of the Civil War is underreported, such as the compelling story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to be near her husband.
Mar. 21th The Key Unanswered Question
In all three scenarios, Pat McCrory wins the governor’s race, the GOP picks up congressional seats, and the GOP continues to control the legislature.
Mar. 20th What Does NC Government Do?
Sorry if fiscal reality doesn’t fit in the neat little box that many politicians and activists prefer to pack. They travel light.
Mar. 19th Wielding the Tool Wisely
North Carolina state and local agencies already contract out or partner with private entities to perform many tasks. In fact, they couldn’t function without private vendors.
Mar. 16th Left, Right, & Center on Incentives
Where the Center and Right part company is not what to do – invest in new supply – but how to do it.
Mar. 15th Protecting Rights Doesn't Impede Growth
There is no good evidence that states imposing tighter controls on eminent domain grow slower or create fewer jobs than do states with more permissive eminent-domain rules.
Mar. 14th More on Mitt's Math
The Republican presidential contest might be running contemporaneously with the NCAA basketball tournament at the moment, but the two sports have little in common.
Mar. 14th Redeeming the Dropout Year
Widely known as the "dropout year," ninth grade represents -- for too many unruly, disengaged boys -- the point of no return.
Mar. 13th Left, Right, & Center on Incentives
Can you see now why the Left and Right, coming at the issue from very different starting points, tend to be against corporate subsidies while the Center favors them?
Mar. 12th Productive Take on Economic Policy
If you look at industry sectors merely as engines for job creation, you may see agriculture and manufacturing as sources of frustration.
Mar. 9th Cheers to the Risktakers, Innovators, and Funders
Capitalism’s critics have painted an ugly portrait of the people who support new ventures that make our lives better.
Mar. 9th Friday Interview: Taking Stock of Millennial Generation Complaints
RALEIGH — Protests across the country inspired by Occupy Wall Street featured plenty of people in their 20s. They fumed about everything from a lack of jobs to the cost of a college education. A fellow “20-something,” David Bass, is Associate Editor of Carolina Journal. Bass has been watching his generation’s involvement in the protests, and he poses the following question: Is society really to blame for the economic plight afflicting this age group? He discussed the issue with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.
Mar. 9th Political Cooperation Isn't Dead
It’s an election year, and both major political parties have an interest in accentuating the differences between Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, legislature, and other North Carolina offices.
Mar. 8th Bad Grades on Teaching Quality
Schools ought to use value-added assessments to adjust compensation for teachers according to the amount of academic progress their students demonstrate.
Mar. 7th The Math Behind Mitt
Many GOP politicians wanted Romney at the top of the ticket rather than Santorum or Gingrich because they thought he posed less of a risk to their own electoral prospects.
Mar. 6th Political Cooperation Isn’t Dead
Both liberals and conservatives saw the resulting Judicial Reinvestment Act as a step towards spending public dollars more wisely while reducing recidivism.
Mar. 5th Half-Right on Preschool Reforms
Past lawmakers and governors had the power to create preschool programs. But they were under no constitutional obligation to do so.
Mar. 2nd The Real North Carolina Budget
If you look only at the General Fund, you are looking at far less than half of what North Carolina state government does every year.
Mar. 1st An Eventful Week in Politics
Democrats may have left too many potentially competitive seats on the table to pose a realistic challenge to overturn the GOP’s legislative majorities.
Mar. 1st CJ Editorial: On the School Lunch Menu: Bureaucracy
The school-lunch story offers a lesson about the blind faith bureaucrats have in their ability to modify behavior.
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