September 24, 2010
Re: an interesting contrast
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 7:05 PM
"One Nation Working Together is demanding jobs, quality education and equality for all Americans."
From whom are they demanding these things? Couldn't they just work to get jobs and an education? Or if they have educations, couldn't they share their knowledge with others in their communities instead of demanding others do that? Where do they think jobs and educations come from? I'm confused.
Raleigh Charter buys new school building
Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 3:27 PM
Taxpayers should thank Raleigh Charter High School for accommodating their 530 students without tapping additional capital funds from the city, county, or state. (They are prohibited from doing so.)
And if the $6.3 million United Methodist Office Building on Glenwood Avenue is good enough for one of the best high schools in the nation, why aren't similar buildings good enough for Wake County students? Wake's newest high school, Heritage High School, had a price tag of $62.7 million.
New CJTV exclusive: Challenger files lawsuit in N.C. Senate District 11 race
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 2:02 PM
The latest Carolina Journal Online exclusive features Anthony Greco's CarolinaJournal.tv report on challenger Buck Newton's defamation lawsuit against incumbent A.B. Swindell in the N.C. Senate District 11 race.
New Carolina Journal Online exclusive
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 12:57 AM
The latest Carolina Journal Online exclusive features Donna Martinez's report on the N.C. Senate District 43 race between Kathy Harrington and Jim Long.
This should be an interesting contrast to Beck's 8/28 rally
Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 12:38 AM
From The Nation magazine. Please don't tell them, but October 2nd is on Saturday. It's also the day of the JLF's A Citizen's Constitutional Workshop. By the way, it will be interesting to see how much trash is left on the Mall after this event.
On Sunday, October 2nd, a coalition of more than 200 grassroots organizations will convene as "One Nation Working Together", a march and demonstration to be held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. One Nation Working Together is demanding jobs, quality education and equality for all Americans.
Another attack on elitist authoritarians
Posted by George Leef at 12:26 AM
In this column Sheldon Richman takes aim at Jacob Weisberg and other elitists who can't stand the fact that lots of Americans are sick and tired of the mega-state.
The world's biggest and fastest train set
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 10:37 AM
China is building rail lines with top speeds of 236 mph. The US is building trains that max out at 110 mph. But before you start exclaiming that we need to emulate Chinese, read this from the Financial Times:
“This high-speed programme is a political project with little economic value,” says Zhao Jian, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University who favours conventional rail rather than high-speed projects. “The government just wants to have the biggest and fastest number one train set in the world.”
And the trains in both countries are being built with money neither government has. “This is a real debt crisis building up for the government and it is going to break at some point,” Zhao said.
Has American conservatism ever seen a high tide?
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 09:45 AM
A new book argues yes. That high tide was 1924, the last year both major political parties nominated conservatives to run for president. Incumbent Republican Calvin Coolidge, elevated to the presidency the prior year when Warren Harding died in office, won a full term of his own by defeating Democrat — and fellow conservative — John W. Davis.
Raleigh's Garland Tucker wrote The High Tide of American Conservatism, which receives positive reviews in the latest dead-tree National Review. John Derbyshire calls it an "enjoyable and informative book," "a well-researched, well-structured narrative of classic conservative principles in action at the highest levels of politics."
If the previous two paragraphs piqued your interest, stay tuned. Garland Tucker will discuss his book Oct. 11 with the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society. He'll also appear soon on Carolina Journal Radio.
Latest dispatches from the campaign trail
Posted by David N. Bass at 09:40 AM
- Civitas poll: Republican candidate Johnny Dawkins leads Democratic Rep. Diane Parfitt 48-40 percent in House District 44.
- The Charlotte Observer fact checks political ads in the 8th Congressional District.
- The Hill reports on efforts to repeal the health care law and highlights Larry Kissell (Democrat from the 8th Congressional District) and Mike McIntyre (Democrat from the 7th).
- Republican Buck Newton files a lawsuit against Democratic incumbent A.B. Swindell over a campaign flier.
- The Republican-affiliated polling firm Carolina Strategy Group gives GOP’er Mike Stone a 43-39 percent advantage over incumbent Democrat Jimmy Love in House District 49.
- Marc Basnight says he’s open to debating his Republican foe, Hood Richardson, in Senate District 1.
- Hugh Holliman, Rayne Brown duel in expensive House race.
Big government types frantic over growing distrust of the state
Posted by George Leef at 09:30 AM
Tom Woods has a terrific article today in which he jousts with Jacob Weisberg of Slate. Weisberg is all hot and bothered that some Americans reject the notion that government officials (and even EXPERTS) should control most of the decision-making. Woods bashes him around like a pinata.
What we have here is, as Sowell puts it, a conflict of visions. People like Weisberg don't believe in spontaneous order. They think that society requires a vast degree of conscious planning by people in authority; without it, everything falls apart. Woods and other libertarians understand that ordinary people do a very good job of making decisions and when we deliver power to politicians, we will get a lot of disastrous, society-wide mistakes.
Hey, Weisberg -- could there have been a housing bubble if it weren't for the foolish decisions of politicians?
A tool for cutting the federal government's appetite for spending
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 09:25 AM
In the latest dead-tree version of National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru offers one suggestion to help fight bloated federal government spending: change the process for approving spending bills.
[Congress] passes 13 big appropriations bills that fund all of the government except for the entitlement programs. This method of budgeting arguably works in favor of pro-spending interests.
For one thing, each spending program does not need to command majority support in the legislature to receive funding: it just has to be included in a bill that has majority support. And if the president wants more funds for one of his priorities, he can veto the entire bill — shutting down a portion of the government, including programs that most congressmen favor. The example of the Gingrich-Clinton standoff over the budget in 1995 and 1996 suggests that the political reaction to a shutdown works in the president's favor.
If Congress broke up these big spending bills into many smaller ones, the balance of power would change. Congressmen would have less incentive to support bloated spending on one program to secure funding for their own programs. A fiscally conservative House majority could identify the lowest funding level that could attract 218 votes for each small spending bill. Or it could simply fail to include some programs in any appropriations bill, leaving Obama with no money to spend on those programs and nothing to veto. It might be possible to defund — or, rather, not fund in the first place — parts of Obamacare in this way.
Good question: How DID "No Impact Man" get to Wilmington?
Posted by George Leef at 08:40 AM
In today's Pope Center piece Jenna Ashley Robinson writes about the recent talk given at UNC-Wilmington by Colin Beavan, the "No Impact Man." He is cashing in on his stunt of living for a year "off the grid" to have minimal environmental impact.
Naturally, college administrators lap this sort of thing up since it fits in with the latest collegiate fad, "sustainability." It also resonates (at least for a few minutes) with a lot of college students who have been told over and over that we're destroying the planet with our needless use of energy and other resources. After applauding Beavan, I suspect most of the students went right back to their computers in air conditioned buildings.
Jonah Goldberg on Slate on O'Donnell on the Constitution
Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 07:32 AM
What's That Now?
And now we interrupt this waste of your lunch hour with a brief interlude of substance.
I loved this bit from Dahlia Lithwick, Slate's esteemed legal correspondent (hat tip RP):
I have been fascinated by Christine O'Donnell's constitutional worldview since her debate with her opponent Chris Coons last week. O'Donnell explained that "when I go to Washington, D.C., the litmus test by which I cast my vote for every piece of legislation that comes across my desk will be whether or not it is constitutional." How weird is that, I thought. Isn't it a court's job to determine whether or not something is, in fact, constitutional? And isn't that sort of provided for in, well, the Constitution?
This is awesome. It's not just that Lithwick dismisses a perfectly sensible and mainstream argument. It's not just that she is ignorant of the contents of the actual Constitution (it does not provide for the Supreme Court serving as the either sole or final arbiter of what is constitutional). It's not that she seems to have forgotten Marbury v. Madison. It's not that she cannot grasp the idea that some legislator might not want to vote for unconstitutional legislation. No, what really makes this great is the absolute bunkered pomposity behind her instinctual certainty that anyone who disagrees with her bouillabaisse of ignorance and ideology must be "weird."
This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 07:06 AMThe SBI crime lab controversy has highlighted concerns about a criminal defendant’s ability to get a fair trial when crime lab technicians play a role in the case. Daren Bakst outlines those concerns in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear Attorney General Roy Cooper explain staff shakeups and other changes adopted to help fix the SBI’s problems.
John Hood will explain why state lawmakers will face pressure next year to raise taxes. Troy Kickler and Michael Sanera will offer highlights from their Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop on North Carolina’s important role in the development of the U.S. Constitution.
Plus author Richard Lowry will explore key themes from his recent book New Dawn: The Battles for Fallujah.
New Carolina Journal Online features
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:57 AM
This week's Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez's conversation with Daren Bakst about the state's new law mandating DNA collection from people arrested on certain felony charges.
Kellie Slappey's guest Daily Journal focuses on useful lessons the United States could learn from Europe.
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