Op Ed

October 17, 2017

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who pays…

walter williams

October 16, 2017

Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant.

Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt's program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They…


October 15, 2017

With all the noise coming from the president last week (and the week before that, and so far this week ... ) a bit of good news for this embattled White House may be emerging. And if the American body politic doesn't experience a complete meltdown, perhaps others will notice.

The good news is that…

October 15, 2017

Since the first rumblings of the financial crisis, in 2007, people have comforted themselves by looking back to the Great Depression and thinking about how much worse things could be. It’s true, too. Our modern economic crisis has been far less severe than the Depression.

Yet our crisis…


October 15, 2017

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, 1 million people could be killed.

Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North…


October 15, 2017

Back when I used to commission regular surveys of North Carolina voters, one of my favorite questions had to do with tax fairness.

The wording varied over time, but here’s essentially what we asked. If someone earns twice as much as income as you do, what do you think is the fairest system:…


October 14, 2017

Most cities of any size are salivating at the opportunity to land the big Amazon fish, including several in North Carolina angling to win the trophy. Jeff Bezos’ Seattle based company is shopping to locate a second headquarters site and the bait they are dangling is 50,000 new jobs and $5…


October 13, 2017

This week, courtesy of Twitter, we were offered a glimpse of why more Americans chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as the appropriate person to be president of the United States.

On Monday night, Clinton (whose margin, by the way, was 2.9 million votes) tweeted up a storm. "This hasn't gotten…


October 12, 2017

North Carolina is an undisputed economic success story. Over the past few years, we’ve gone from having one of the worst business tax climates in the country to one of the best – which means we’re really one of the best places in the world to do business.

This “Carolina…


October 12, 2017

Working families and employers in eastern North Carolina know that despite good news in recent years, it still feels harder and harder to get ahead in today’s economy. We’ve seen the statistics saying the economy has improved since the Great Recession, but we know not all families feel…

Al Rankin
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