Opinion (894)

Monday, 21 June 2021 11:07

OPINION: Fantasy novel explores timeless truths

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“I see you’ve written another book. What’s this one about?”

In the name of safety and at times part political theater, North Carolinians spent over a year following stringent emergency orders because of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses shuttered, citizens lost their livelihood, millions eschewed social events or celebrations of any kind. Many young people are still hampered by mask mandates in schools. A silver lining amidst all that sacrifice, North Carolina is uniquely positioned coming out of this pandemic to offer state income tax cuts. Lawmakers must make it happen for myriad reasons.

If more people are getting vaccinated because of the governor’s handouts and giveaways, I sure can’t tell.

Thursday, 17 June 2021 11:45

OPINION: A tale of two recoveries

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We’re about to learn a lot about economic recoveries. Back in 2009, Barack Obama, with a hefty Democratic majority in Congress, tried to pull us out of the Great Recession with a tepid relief program designed to attract Republican support. It led to a slow recovery, and when the GOP took control of the Congress and many state legislatures after the 2010 Republican wave, they instituted austerity policies to counteract Obama’s spending. Climbing out of that recession took almost all decade.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 13:52

OPINION: The real tax scandal

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The self-styled investigative journalism outlet ProPublica recently published private IRS tax information — presumably embarrassing private tax information — for a host of ultrawealthy and famous Americans.

It’s a common phenomenon for well-known politicians to become associated with, or remembered for, an inspiring or infamous utterance.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 14:23

OPINION: Much ado about non-income

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It's a tantalizing headline from investigative journalism group ProPublica: "The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax."

Monday, 14 June 2021 12:39

OPINION: Users should pay for highways

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As a fiscal conservative who thinks government is generally too large and taxes too high, I am grateful for the gas tax.

Mark Robinson was rewarded by conservative voters for having the courage to take a deep dive into the culture wars. Most years, Republicans barely got their toes wet. Many Republicans believed the path to electoral success was to focus solely on economic issues while largely ignoring the left’s long march through the institutions. As long as the economic policy is right, “they’ll come around” was the oft-repeated strategy. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a conservative, understands that politics is deeply limited in the problems it can solve, a partial theme from a recent message he delivered Sunday, June 6, at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove.

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