John Hood

John Hood

Monday, 02 December 2019 13:23

COLUMN: When taxes (almost) killed tap

I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two interests was only a matter of time. That time is today.

Coincidence or karma? You be the judge. 

On November 20, at the same time Ambassador Gerald Sondland was testifying about the Trump administration’s pressure campaign against the government of Ukraine, investigators hired by the North Carolina General Assembly testified Gov. Roy Cooper had “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure Duke Energy for concessions as it sought permits for a natural-gas pipeline.

Monday, 18 November 2019 10:50

COLUMN: When government push comes to shove

Very few conservatives are “anti-government.” We believe government should be limited in scope, in order to maximize the freedom to make your own decisions and live according to your own values. But we also recognize that protecting that freedom is impossible without government.

Monday, 11 November 2019 11:49

COLUMN: Self government requires local news

Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town-council meeting.

Monday, 04 November 2019 12:49

COLUMN: Name-calling won't help Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper is a likeable and experienced politician. But he’s not made of Teflon. His administration has taken a number of heavy blows over the past month, and his aides have done him no favors by reacting flippantly rather than substantively.

Monday, 28 October 2019 11:24

COLUMN: Higher output means higher incomes

So far this decade, North Carolina’s economy — as measured by inflation-adjusted gross domestic product — has expanded by an average of 1.7 percent a year. That’s a bit faster than the Southeastern average but slower than the national one.

Monday, 21 October 2019 12:58

COLUMN: States are better governed

As established in the federal constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope. It is neither. Washington busybodies have usurped countless powers that, according to the clear language of the Tenth Amendment, were “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Monday, 14 October 2019 12:59

COLUMN: Pols should accept urban realities

In 2012, 92 percent of North Carolina workers commuted to their place of employment by automobile. By 2018, that share had dipped to 90 percent.

Monday, 07 October 2019 12:12

COLUMN: Freedom has many meanings

What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question in the same way. It’s hard to have a useful political conversation without a truly common political language.

Monday, 30 September 2019 13:43

COLUMN: Change how we pay teachers

About this time last year, progressive activists and Democratic politicians were trumpeting the news that North Carolina was 49th in the country in friendliness to teachers, according to a study by the website WalletHub. The state’s low ranking proved that Republicans disliked public education, they alleged.

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