Smaller can be better

by John Hood Ideas that look desirable or at least workable on paper can prove to be unworkable or even disastrous when applied to the real world. Just ask the millions of Americans who, under Obamacare, have lost health plans they liked, been forced to buy more expensive plans...

News items, bad and good

by Russell Capps As one follows the news events from day to day, it appears the bad news means more to the media than any good news. As we address some current happenings, let’s begin with coverage of a bad focus. Highly-touted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has written books. His...

Mobile home sales tax goes up

by Scott Mooneyham Now into the new tax year, state legislators are hearing another round of complaints about their tax changes, these involving how mobile and modular homes are taxed. On New Year’s Day, the cost of mobile and modular homes jumped as the state began applying the...

Treatment could be key in Crisis Solutions Initiative

by Lee Brett Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Crisis Solutions Initiative, a new state effort aimed at addressing the failures of Gov. Easley’s 2001 mental health reforms. Following the announcement, the Civitas Institute called on the McCrory...

We won’t buy this lemon

by John Hood As the costly implementation of the perversely named Affordable Care Act continues to baffle, disappoint, and enrage the public, a collection of government vendors and left-wing groups has settled on a brilliant political strategy: castigate North Carolina for...

At Jordan Lake, the evasion begins

by Scott Mooneyham Last spring, as state legislators prepared to stop tougher development rules upstream of central North Carolina’s Jordan Lake, I noted how George Orwell saw politics as descending into “evasion” because the truth was often “too brutal for most people to face.”...

Hawke learned his lessons

by John Hood At the precise moment I heard that longtime Republican strategist Jack Hawke had finally lost his battle with cancer, I was editing a book chapter about the 1984 race for North Carolina’s governor. It was a pivotal campaign in the state’s political history, as the...

Yes, Christmas — but Thanksgiving, first

by Russell Capps You’ve already seen the Christmas sales ads and stores with full Christmas item displays while Thanksgiving is yet weeks away.  That’s okay.   Our economy needs to flourish. But let’s not ever forget Thanksgiving,  including its wonderful, historic, spiritual...

Outrage grows over health plan

by  Jim Tynen North Carolinians are growing more outraged as they find out what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is really doing to their finances and their ability to control their health care. At the Civitas Institute, we have been compiling stories people have sent in about...

No winners, no losers in latest school funding ruling

by Scott Mooneyham For everyone involved, maybe their public proclamation should have been, “We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose!” Lawyers and politicians aren’t in the business of providing that kind of lukewarm response, though....

Climbing a new mountain peak

by D.G. Martin “Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week. Fu is the founder of Geomagic, Inc., which developed the computer code that made 3-D printing possible. Earlier this year she sold Geomagic to Spartanburg, S. C., based 3D...

Time to repeal medical device tax

by Sally C. Pipes Congress has struck a deal to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling — at least temporarily. Yet for some reason, lawmakers have excluded from the final agreement a policy prescription supported by Democrats and Republicans alike that was part of an...