Columnist: John Hood

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

Poles vault far above us

Jokes about “Polacks” have always been tasteless and silly. Based on the latest international test scores, trying to get a laugh today by portraying Polish people as ignorant or dumb is a good way to identify yourself as, well, ignorant or dumb.


Nov. 27, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

Liberal claims get reality check

For North Carolina liberals intent on recovering some political power in Raleigh, a funny thing happened on the way to a quorum: Reality intruded on their most-cherished claims about the two biggest issues in North Carolina politics.


Nov. 22, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

North Carolina enacts conservative ideas

Over the past three years, the North Carolina legislature has enacted Ronald Reagan’s favorite tax reform, Barry Goldwater’s favorite regulatory reform and Milton Friedman’s favorite education reform.


Nov. 21, 2013 @ 08:45 PM

EAGLES EXTRAS: Uh, thanks?

Folks kept congratulating me -- me? -- for NCCU's historic win over N.C. State.


Nov. 15, 2013 @ 08:59 AM

Drastic cuts never happened

Remember when fiscal conservatives took over North Carolina government and radically reduced its size and scope?

Sorry, trick question. No such event ever happened, except in the fevered imagination of liberal activists.


Nov. 06, 2013 @ 11:55 AM

Hawke learned his lessons

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.


Nov. 01, 2013 @ 12:22 PM

It’s not just Obama’s fault

The economic recovery from the Great Recession is painfully sluggish -- and it’s not all Barack Obama’s fault.


Oct. 27, 2013 @ 09:19 AM

Preening is not rebuttal

After the 2010 elections put North Carolina’s legislature in the hands of Republicans for the first time in more than a century, state policy began a turn to the Right — that much is indisputable.


Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Preening is not rebuttal

After the 2010 elections put North Carolina’s legislature in the hands of Republicans for the first time in more than a century, state policy began a turn to the Right — that much is indisputable.


Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

Back to court on preschool

The North Carolina Supreme Court has never ruled that the state constitution requires the delivery of early childhood services to all preschoolers, or even to all low-income preschoolers.


Oct. 11, 2013 @ 01:24 AM

What comes after Obamacare?

Obamacare is going to collapse. North Carolina officials and citizens need to start thinking about what comes next.

 


Oct. 04, 2013 @ 12:27 AM

Justice filed political lawsuit

What’s the Obama administration trying to do?

No, I’m not speculating about the president’s strategies for implementing his health care law or besting Congressional Republicans in budget battles. Today’s topic is closer to home: the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to file a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina’s new election law violates the federal constitution and Voting Rights Act.


Sep. 27, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

Show the real report card

Have you ever seen a bad grade on your child’s report card and then gotten angry at the school for sending you the report card? Of course not. Like it or not, you need to know how your child is really doing so you can do something about it.


Sep. 20, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

The right way to cut taxes

If your goal is to foster economic growth and job creation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to cut taxes on business. Fortunately, Pat McCrory and the General Assembly made the right choice.


Sep. 13, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

N.C. Roads Are Getting Better

Don’t look now, but North Carolina’s long-maligned highway system is showing signs of significant improvement.