CAN I GET A WITNESS

There are so many things we take for granted that affect our ability to make a living, operate a business in our free enterprise system, provide a quality education for our children, and live in a safe community. Typically the issues we discuss, particularly in an election year, have to do with taxes, spending, jobs, the size of government, education … Read More

HOSPITAL CLOSURE AD DISTORTED, FALSE

We see lots of ads these days making distorted assertions. Medicaid expansion has been a favorite topic. One of the most egregious examples is the liberals’ assertion in a TV ad that NC Senator Bob Steinburg is to blame for patients’ deaths in his district because North Carolina doesn’t have Medicaid expansion to keep struggling hospitals open. In big letters … Read More

THE TRUTH YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER ON TAXES

Something you should be aware of is a new compilation by the Civitas Institute that gives a broad overview of North Carolina taxes over the last few decades. It’s called “The Truth About NC Taxes.” Why another examination of how tax reform has helped North Carolina citizens? It’s interesting and important because it not only tells the story of the … Read More

ANOTHER RAY OF LIGHT; REFORM MAJORITY WISDOM SHINES

Another bright spot in an otherwise gloomy 2020 was announced this week. State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced Monday that all three national bond rating agencies had given North Carolina the top AAA rating for sound fiscal management, “noting the state’s strong economic growth and diversification, conservative fiscal management, rainy day fund and other reserves, as well as low liabilities.” In … Read More

DEATH TO THE PIGS

“Death to the pigs.” The social unrest continues in North Carolina with this latest phrase spray-painted on the walls of businesses in downtown Raleigh this weekend declaring the rioters’ sentiments. Another night of demonstrations amid barricaded streets and boarded-up downtown windows did not keep the hooligans from breaking windows and wreaking havoc on downtown businesses before the capital city’s 11 … Read More

NCAE SQUEEZE PLAY

Roy Cooper continues his full-bore assault on low-income North Carolina families who choose schools that best fit their children’s educational needs. At an event run by the Public School Forum, Governor Cooper described the Opportunity Scholarship program created to provide families with monetary scholarships to be able to attend a private school of their choice as “wrong” and that it … Read More

GET OUT THE COUNT

Those who have ever followed or been engaged in politics are familiar with the myriad theories and strategies for Get Out The Vote efforts at election time. No matter how good your ads, mail, speeches or yard signs, making sure a candidate’s voters actually vote is a key component of any election. Now, there appears to be a new wrinkle … Read More

PIGSKIN PARENTS FORCED TO WATCH ON TV

A full weekend of football – COVID-19 style – has passed. The rationale behind Governor Cooper keeping the families of football players from attending their sons’ games still seems ridiculous. The case that got the most attention was in Chapel Hill where Cooper’s Phase 2.5 shutdown rules said that no more than 25 people could be in the stadium in … Read More

WALL STREET JOURNAL APPLAUDS SCHOOL CHOICE LEGISLATIVE WIN

You may remember a few of our latest blogs dealt with the fate of school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships and Governor Cooper’s move to eliminate that program in his budget – which would have been a huge blow to many low-income families with children in school. Well, in the NC General Assembly session last week, not only … Read More

REFLECTIONS ON LABOR DAY

So we hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend in North Carolina. Ever thought about where it came from and more interestingly, why we celebrate it? Labor Day as a holiday is a bit of a mystery around here. There’s no religious or patriotic origins to commemorate like most of our holidays. For most folks, Labor Day is an … Read More