NC SPIN Posts by John Hood

For Good Public Policy Health

With health care issues playing an outsized role in North Carolina politics right now, I strongly urge Carolina Journal readers to put John Goodman’s recent book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 13, 2013

What They Think They Know

Some of the faulty “knowledge” comes from long memories. People remember things that may have been true sometime in the past, but aren’t anymore. For example, many North Carolinians still cling...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 6, 2013

Look for the Party Label

I noted a couple of days ago that North Carolina native Richard Weaver helped spark the modern conservative movement with his 1948 book Ideas Have Consequences. My John Locke Foundation colleagues and...    Read More

by John Hood   |   January 30, 2013

Unemployment Benefits Affect Employment

Noting that the unemployment rate continues to drop, albeit at a painfully slow rate, one think tanker told The Wall Street Journal that recent reductions in the generosity of the unemployment...    Read More

by John Hood   |   January 15, 2013

Let's Reform Judicial Elections

North Carolina policymakers will have a lot on their plate in 2013. The General Assembly will tackle education reform, a rewrite of the state tax code, the unemployment-insurance debt, and other...    Read More

by John Hood   |   January 9, 2013

Two State Decisions on Health Care

Politicians of all parties, at all levels of government, have been debating health care virtually nonstop since the early 1990s. If you’re tired of hearing about it, I have some bad news for you...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 27, 2012

Let's Focus on Job Creation

It’s about time for New Year’s resolutions. My recommendation for North Carolina politicians of all stripes is to resolve to focus their attention, rhetoric, and legislation on reducing the ranks...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 20, 2012

Time to Step Up

Newly elected Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the newly reelected Republican legislature may have an ambitious agenda for dramatically cutting taxes or adding new programs to the state budget. But...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 13, 2012