Columnist: John Hood

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Hunt Got It Wrong

If state leaders want to improve North Carolina’s education system in the future, they will have to begin with a better understanding of the history of school reform in our state.

Jan. 17, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Freedom leads to growth

Are you ready for some good news?

For 20 years, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington-based Heritage Foundation have produced international indexes of economic freedom. Countries that adopt fiscal restraint and free trade, protect the rights of contract and property ownership and avoid excessive taxes or regulations earn high scores on the index. Countries where governments abuse their power earn low scores.

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Smaller can be better

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 they don’t much like or began 2014 without knowing whether they were insured or uninsured.

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

Time to employ common sense

According to official government estimates, paying people not to work for extended periods of time is good for the economy. This is an excellent reason why you should not take official government estimates all that seriously.

Dec. 27, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

You can’t win at monopoly

Different families have different traditions. Some go caroling. Some go on trips. Hoods would rather buy Park Place, conquer Middle Earth, or wipe out zombie infestations. Hey, now — don’t judge our New Year’s Eve gaming marathon unless you’ve tried it

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

We won’t buy this lemon

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 failing to do enough to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Labor market on the mend

North Carolina’s economy isn’t behaving the way it was supposed to.

According to liberal critics of Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly, the state should be losing its attraction as a place to do business.

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.