Archives: John Hood

  • Tax debates feature many myths

    Is our tax system rigged in favor of the wealthy? Hardly. America’s tax system is either modestly or moderately progressive, depending on how you define the terms.

  • Five political questions for 2021

    Despite some reasonably good recent months of job gains, North Carolina’s economy is still down some 242,000 jobs from the start of the COVID pandemic.

  • Lower taxes attract key leaders

    When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels — including the fact that every Democrat who ever serves in state or local office spends great time and effort to try to recruit business executives, entrepreneurs,…

  • Christmas gifts aren’t wasteful

    We come to appreciate things we would never think to buy for ourselves, either because of sentimental value or because our gift-giver knew something we didn’t.

  • NC SPIN reaches its end

    “I watch you every Sunday” became the opening line for many a conversation I’ve had over the past 22 years while standing in a checkout line, walking through a crowd, or sitting down to dinner.

  • How civilization’s tale was spun

    Our thinking about social and technological change is warped by the materials that happen to survive. Scholars name historical ages after rocks and metals. Archaeologists sift through mounds of pottery shards.

  • Compensate victims of regulation

    About 300,000 fewer North Carolinians have jobs today than in February. Thousands face bankruptcy or eviction. Some restaurants and other small businesses have already closed.