Category: Opinion

  • Myths and facts about the corporate income tax

    BACKGROUND On January 21, 2018, the federal corporate income tax rate dropped from 35% to 21%. The corporate income tax rate in North Carolina fell to 2.5% in 2019. As recently as 2011, the North Carolina corporate income tax rate was 6.9%. This article explains the reasons for these reductions.

  • The books conservatives should read and own

    In the introduction to “Paul Revere’s Ride” by the historian David Hackett Fischer, he notes that “The only creature less fashionable in academia than the stereotypical ‘dead white male,’ is the dead white male on horseback.” It was an almost amusing line when Fischer wrote it in the mid-1990s,…

  • Takeaways from the Senate budget

    This week the Senate leadership presented the chamber’s state budget proposal. After a day or two of social media reaction and topline numbers, it’s time for a real look at what this contains before it runs the legislative gauntlet. A theme runs through this budget: Fix what’s broken, maintain what…

  • What Juneteenth should mean to America

    On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people had been freed following the end of the Civil War. Six months later, slavery in America was officially abolished with the adoption of…

  • Fantasy explores timeless truths

    Americans require a common creed to unify us, and a common set of institutions to convert abstract principles into practical governance. Freedom is central to that creed.

  • Missing the mark on race and poverty

    While there are several things that can be said about UNC professor Gene Nichol’s article on critical race theory, there is one, in particular, I find intellectually dishonest: the descriptive claim that “in North Carolina twice as many blacks as whites live in poverty.” The issue with…

  • State tax cut a must after citizens told to sacrifice

    In the name of safety and at times part political theater, North Carolinians spent over a year following stringent emergency orders because of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses shuttered, citizens lost their livelihood, millions eschewed social events or celebrations of any kind. Many young people are still hampered by mask mandates…

  • Political left’s hypocrisy on donor privacy bill

    Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent, and private citizens deserve protection from government overreach into their lives. These seem like simple concepts, right? The establishment left in North Carolina seems to disagree. Progressives are performing acrobatic leaps to justify their opposition to two bills introduced this…