Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

Dear friends, The difference between Democrats and Republicans is sometimes phrased as a difference between two core values: equality and liberty.  They tell us that Republicans want lower taxes, because “lower taxes” and a “small government?” make people “more free,” while Democrats “want” higher taxes to “equal things out.” The events of the last fewContinue reading “Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems”

Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?

A recent Business Week article “Pssst … Wanna Buy a Law?  When a company needs a state bill passed, the American Legislative Exchange Council can get it done” explained the role that ALEC plays in writing the legislation in Republican controlled state legislatures (like North Carolina, where as of 2010, both houses of the NC GeneralContinue reading “Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?”

How big of a check would I have to write for you to pay $5,130 more in taxes? A healthcare picture book (kind of)

The economically rational answer to the question: “How big of a check would I have to write for you to be willing to pay $5,130 more in taxes?” should be simple–$5,130. The fact that huge numbers of Americans wouldn’t answer that way gets at the heart of the biggest obstacle to cutting healthcare costs inContinue reading “How big of a check would I have to write for you to pay $5,130 more in taxes? A healthcare picture book (kind of)”