McCrory’s semantic gymnastics around his promises

by Chris Fitzsimon Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t offer many specifics during his campaign for governor, but he was clear about a few things. Two of them were that he supported an overhaul of the state tax code that was revenue neutral and that he would not sign legislation putting any...

Report questions pension fund’s future returns

by Scott Mooneyham When your job is managing the $80 billion state pension fund, you might welcome a report ranking that pension fund among the best prepared in the country. But a new report from Moody’s Investor Service is not receiving such a warm embrace from State...

July 4th and the ‘Revolutionary Summer’

by D.G. Martin In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home. There was a lot of talk there about freedom, small and limited...

Why we celebrate July 4th

By Russell Capps For the still patriotic Americans, July 4th claims a special place in the heart. Despite the cultural temperament in our society that is becoming more degrading day by day, America is a nation to be proud of. She was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by those...

Protests are ‘Mayberry Mondays’

by Jim Tynen As I watched a recent Moral Monday display, there came to mind another blast from the past: Mayberry. A recent news story talked about Mt. Airy, Andy Griffith’s home town, and the model for Mayberry of TV fame. The town embraced that connection and used it to drum up...

Big government slams small firms

John By John Hood Regulatory policy is about striking a proper balance. Virtually no one disagrees with the propriety of government designing, promulgating and enforcing regulation. When health, safety and property are threatened by private action, there are some private...

McCrory administration tries to clear Medicaid system hurdle

by Scott Mooneyham It was never a secret in the state capital that one of the immediate messes that Pat McCrory would inherit as governor involved a new system to process Medicaid claims. For those not involved in health care, a computer billing system might seem a strange hurdle...

Are interest rates on the rise? — Dr. Mike Walden

In the years right before his death, my father became very interested in investments. Maybe it was because he wanted his financial affairs in good order before he passed. Or maybe he became caught up in all the discussions about investing during the Great Recession. But for...

How will technology shape our future? — Dr. Mike Walden, N.C. Economics

My late mother-in-law loved gadgets. As soon as she could afford it, she had to buy the latest kitchen appliance, hi-fi (remember those?) and TV. Indeed, her family was one of the first to have a color TV. My wife, who was a small girl then, watched an entire baseball game just...

What’s behind China’s economic boom? — Dr. Mike Walden, N.C. Economics

When I was growing up in the 1950s, China was our political enemy. My uncle, who lived next to my family, had fought the Chinese army in Korea, so nothing positive was said about China during family gatherings. Our political relationship with China changed in 1972, when President...