Archives: Andy Taylor

  • State economy is strong, and Republicans still deserve the credit 

    The Republicans have enjoyed majorities in both bodies of the General Assembly for nearly seven years now, and pretty soon Phil Berger and Tim Moore will be asking for two more. This is an appropriate time to assess their performance on the economy. Even under the Perdue and Cooper governorships, policy outputs were shaped greatly by House…

  • GOP is right to worry about Trump’s performance 

    History suggests the 2018 congressional elections won’t be kind to Republicans. In half of the eight midterms since 1986, the party occupying the White House lost majority control of the Senate. In only two House off-year elections since 1934 has the president’s party enjoyed net seat gains — in 1998, when voters were reacting…

  • Our so-called ‘expertise’ can sometimes be enshrined in law

    I read an interesting story the other day. Colorado anesthesiologist Tim Farnum wants his state to prohibit retailers from selling smartphones for use by anyone younger than 13. After noticing his children became “moody” and “withdrawn” when on the devices, Farnum created a group called Parents Against Underage Smartphones…

  • Seeking protection, rather than competition

    Americans are upset. Some are just mildly unhappy, others seem miserable, many are plain mad. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports that more than half have believed the country is “on the wrong track” in every month since February 2005. A Pew survey reveals most of us have been…

  • The idea of ‘fake news’ is really nothing new

    Everyone seems to be talking about fake news these days. Enabled by social media, its originators deal in hoaxes and disinformation. The objectives vary, with some wishing merely to sow confusion, others attempting to influence behavior. The intention is always, however, to mislead. Fake news is old. Benjamin Franklin created…

  • Citizens United facilitates discussion, to the chagrin of the left

    Citizens United, or  Citizens United v. FEC, is a 2010 case in which the Supreme Court struck down limits to independent political expenditures on First Amendment freedom of speech grounds. The ruling didn’t affect lobbying activities and direct contributions to political parties and candidates that continue to be subject…

  • Exploring Obama’s self-definition and our racial divide

    There is no doubt Barack Obama’s election to the presidency in 2008 was a watershed in America’s racial history. A Gallup poll of the time found one-third of all Americans believed it constituted the most important advance for blacks in a century. Today, that optimism makes the developments of the…

  • The Left’s war on science

    The recent resignations of two prominent experts from state government advisory panels on environmental matters and the Republican-led Congress’ refusal before it left for summer recess to appropriate additional funds to manage the Zika threat reprised a familiar theme of Democrats’ characterizations of their political opponents. Conservatives, they say, are…