John Hood

John Hood

Monday, 15 February 2021 12:02

OPINION: Sales tax hike is unneeded

When North Carolina Democrats are in power, their go-to source of new revenue is to raise sales taxes.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 11:06

OPINION: The Left is damaging public education

“One of the most unhappy series of events in the state’s history began in 1835,” stated a textbook used in elementary schools across North Carolina. “As more and more white people came into their territory the Cherokee Indians had been driven further into the hills, but white settlers looked with greed on all their territory.”

Monday, 08 February 2021 11:08

OPINION: Nonprofits must go the distance

The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction, and wrenching social change. As a combination of post-illness immunity and rising vaccinations begins to suppress the pandemic, we’re going to feel a powerful impulse to put as much of this horrendous experience as possible behind us.

Among the many reasons the political discourse in Washington has gotten so toxic, and at the same time so unproductive, is that the legislative branch of our federal government has allowed itself to become increasingly irrelevant.

Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local governments with shaky finances.

Monday, 18 January 2021 11:29

OPINION: Protect the right to be wrong

 I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip-hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all four.

It was the summer of 1987 when I first stepped inside the United States Capitol to work instead of visit.

Monday, 04 January 2021 10:25

OPINION: Tax debates feature many myths

With Democrats in charge of the White House, and U.S. House, and (possibly as of this writing) the U.S. Senate, you can expect a push by left-wing activists and politicians to repeal some federal tax cuts enacted by the previously Republican Congress and signed by President Trump.

Thursday, 31 December 2020 12:18

OPINION: 5 political questions for 2021

After getting many political predictions wrong in 2016, including but not limited to the results of the presidential election, I threw my long-cherished crystal ball out and started building a new one.

Monday, 28 December 2020 11:36

OPINION: Lower taxes attract key leaders

When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels — including the fact that every Democrat who ever serves in state or local office spends great time and effort to try to recruit business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and high-value professionals to their communities.

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