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| Posted in Government Policy

United We Stand

I spent last week at my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaching an honors seminar on public policy entrepreneurship and interviewing high school seniors for the Morehead-Cain scholarship program.  This […]


| Posted in Government Policy

Divided We Fall

My wife, Pauline, and I eat breakfast together most mornings and the Today Show is usually on in the background – and it comes to the foreground when it is not about some celebrity doing […]


| Posted in Religion

…Bringing church Home

Last week, I talked at some length about the meaning of “Going to church” and my efforts to understand its role in my life and its influence across society. I received a number of thoughtful […]


| Posted in Religion

Going to church…

Our retired pastor joined us for dinner a week before Christmas and we had the opportunity to celebrate in the spirit of the season.  We talked about the importance of family traditions and why they […]


| Posted in Family

The Sporting…Life

This story starts with a six year old boy who was predictably driving his mom crazy. With two younger sisters that required attention, the boy’s hyperactivity was difficult to manage. Soon he found himself shipped […]


| Posted in Government Policy

Reform Interruptist

  The front pages of our newspapers are currently dominated by important events like the stock market, the threat from ISIS, and the most recent set of natural disasters. The attention-grabbing nature of the urgent […]


| Posted in Civics

The Charity Tax

In A Taxing Point of View, I argued for a broad array of tax reforms designed to simplify the tax structure, increase transparency, and create a better framework for the government’s business model. I closed […]


| Posted in Government Policy

A Taxing Point of View

As the US economy has slowly improved over the past two years, the tension and hype around federal budget deficits and debt limits has receded some.  Congress is easily distracted from the important to the […]


| Posted in Government Policy

Rebuilding the Jobs Engine

In last week’s Suggestion Bach’s post, I argued that increasing income inequality is largely a function of jobs, or more precisely, the lack of them.  Certainly, there are other contributing factors, including a misaligned tax […]


| Posted in Government Policy

The $15/Hour Illusion

Having lived in the Seattle metropolitan area for almost 25 years, at some point, you’d think I’d get acclimated to its unique approach to civic issues.  Not so much.  Just about every year something new […]