Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: December 2010

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    Stimulus Didn't Stimulate NC; Perdue's Core Principles Revealed?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    Be sure to check out two new articles at One of the articles deals with some employment data recently released by the General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division revealing that the billions of federal stimulus spending failed to generate any employment gains in North Carolina. Nearly $800 billion and two years later, state government analysts are revealing the […]

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    Leftist Hypocrisy on the Death Tax

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    This USA Today article presents an argument supporting the estate tax typical among liberals: why should heirs receive a "windfall" of money when they did nothing to earn it? The all-too-rich irony of cheerleaders of wealth redistribution bemoaning people receiving money because they didn't earn it was not lost on George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux. In […]

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    Amnesty for Services: Dream Act Up for US Senate Vote Tomorrow

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Education, Immigration, Politicians & Politicking By Jana Benscoter

    The Dream Act, up for debate and a vote in the US Senate this weekend, is federal legislation that offers many free passes to young, illegal immigrants, who believe they are entitled to American services. Sidestepping any real federal immigration reform, this legislation will perpetuate applying derogatory labels to congressional members angling for successful reform. […]

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    Perdue's Priority #1: More Money for the Ruling Class

    Posted in Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    Today's N&O features another story about Gov. Perdue's lack of core principles regarding government's proper role in society. I wrote last week about Perdue's inability to articulate a vision for how society should be organized, i.e. what exactly her beliefs are regarding individual sovereignty versus State control. Now Perdue can't commit herself to questions about privatizing […]

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    Deceptive Budget Claims from NC Statists

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    In response to my article last week in the N&O regarding the state's budget situation, a worker from the NC Justice Center penned this response, weakly labeling the numerical perspective I provided as "flawed." Predictably, the letter-writer includes the laughable claim that North Carolina's current budget deficit is a revenue problem rather than a spending problem. […]

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