Stories written by Frank Hill
A former chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, and a longtime political consultant, Frank Hill has a professional resume that spans decades of accomplishment. Hill has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a BA in Religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Well La-dee Frickin’ Da!

One thing that is pretty much confirmed over years and years of experience, empirical evidence and personal observation is this: ’If it appears to be too good to be true, it probably isn’t true’.Right? Politics and public policy isn’t rocket science, you know. The promises of universal coverage; no tax hikes; lowering health care costs and [...]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

BREAKING: John Dingell (D-MI) Fulfills Promise To Limit Himself To 29 Terms In Congress

This ‘headline’ was posted by a very funny and sharp-witted guy who goes by the handle @iowahawkblog, David Burge on Twitter Monday when long-term Congressman John Dingell of Michigan announced his retirement. He was the longest-serving Congressman today. 29 terms equates to 58 years. Know what was happening 58 years ago when he was first elected [...]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Fun With Numbers…and Perhaps Too Much Spinning?

We have long been fascinated by the ability of political partisans to ‘spin’ facts and figures to their particular benefit. Some are very good at it and get paid huge sums of money to do so for their particular client or party. Some are just great at ‘shading the truth’; ‘gilding the lily’ or ‘looking [...]

February 4, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Blessed Are The Young…For They Shall Inherit The National Debt

Sometimes the best way to make very complicated things, such as the US federal budget, more comprehensible is to try to compare it to something you might be more comfortable with such as ‘spending per capita’. Or more precisely: ‘How much is being spent for every man, woman and child in America today?’ Note this [...]

January 22, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

The ‘Ward and June Cleaver Economy’ Under President Barack Obama

Back in the 1980′s, Republicans led by President Ronald Reagan were accused of wanting women to ‘stay at home’; ‘cook and clean’ and ‘stay barefoot and pregnant’. Keep the traditional single income-earning family intact and all that. Essentially they were accused of being against ‘women’s rights’ because they were against constitutional amendments such as the [...]

January 13, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

From The ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ Vault-Second Edition

We love reading history, particularly accounts of consequential people who made momentous decisions and took courageous actions to let us live in a country as great as the United States of America. From the Founding Brothers/Fathers, whatever you want to call them, such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington, to the ancient philosophers [...]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

You Aren’t Paying Your ‘Fair Share’…You Are Paying MORE Than Your Fair Share!

The CBO just came out with a very interesting study where this singularly interesting nugget of information is embedded in the chart above on page 13 in this report: The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010. ‘The top 40% of American income tax payers are paying 106% of all federal income taxes’ What? How can that [...]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

‘Risk Corridors’–Automatic Federal Bailouts for the Health Insurance Industry in Obamacare

You really have to wonder if President Obama knew what he was getting into when he ran for President in the first place in 2007. Namely, if he won the White House, he was actually going to have to ‘faithfully execute’ his duties as Chief Executive of the federal government and administer leadership and management [...]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

‘Well, President Obama Has ‘Won’ When It Comes To Transforming American Jobs

The latest jobs report is out. President Obama has officially ‘won’ when it comes to ‘changing’ America, that is for sure. Just a few highlights (lowlights?) from the NY Times article (the flipping NEW YORK TIMES printed this) Perhaps the most striking was a plunge in the share of Americans who are either working or looking for [...]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

How Is The North Carolina State Budget Like The US Federal Budget?

Both are deceptively misleading. Like almost all government budgeting. We swear: ‘If the US and state budgeting process was audited by some reputable private accounting firm under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), everyone would be going to jail!’ (That is presuming that every accounting firm is honest and truthful, mind you. Some of the largest [...]

September 6, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

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