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SWAT Teams – Are signs of Bad Government

Why do so many government agencies need military units whose purpose is to attack the citizens? Mr. Radley Balko has done a excellent job of reporting on the growth of neighborhood SWAT teams and the abuse they heap upon the citizenry. In an article  based on his book “Rise of the Warrior Cop” we are […]

August 5, 2013 | Posted in Lewis Guignard,National | Read More »

Government Stifles Business – No Surprise

How does bigger government stifle the economy? One cannot count all the ways. The June 24th issue of Time Magazine tells us of several. The article “Caveat Sharer” is how innovations based on information sharing technology is under attack either by government or from competitors through government. Readers are told of new car rental service […]

July 1, 2013 | Posted in Lewis Guignard,National | Read More »

Trust a US bureaucrat – think again

How many secrets does our government have? What are they? In Friday’s local paper, McClatchy’s Washington Bureau reported on “Obama’s program targets insiders”. It turns out the Obama administration believes “most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments”  have such secrets that the […]

June 24, 2013 | Posted in Lewis Guignard,National | Read More »

Why Not Sell the Airport?

Currently in the news is the Charlotte Airport. For years, decades even, the Charlotte City budget shows the airport as a stand alone entity. Its expenses and revenues always equal each other exactly. It is a curious thing which I’ve never quite believed, but had no reason to suspect it to be wrong. An operation the […]

June 10, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

Ruling Class Sycophants

It is important to understand the relationship the intelligentsia have with the ruling class. The intelligentsia, which includes preachers, attorneys, priests, professors, teachers, and writers, use their intellects to maintain their position in society; to earn their keep. In order to be successful they must give others something they want in exchange for what they […]

June 3, 2013 | Posted in Lewis Guignard,National | Read More »

School Vouchers And Progressive Vice

Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economist whose work has included helping the countries of Bolivia, Poland, Russia, China, and various countries in Africa improve their economic policies. His book “The End of Poverty” is subtitled “Economic Possibilities for Our Time.” It is an interesting read about his efforts and many successes, in helping poor countries […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

Busting Budgets In Gaston County

As local pols are working on looming 2014 budgets, I read the Gaston County budget for 2013. Certain things stand out. The first is that, unless county staff has had a change of heart, they have no intention of trying to keep taxes as low as possible but are seeking every avenue they can to increase […]

April 29, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

CMS Financial Foolishness

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, having yet to finish spending a $516,000,000 bond package voted on in 2007, which won’t be entirely spent until 2016, wants more money, $400,000,000 more, in the pipeline now. A short history of CMS, school bonds, and their spending practices seem timely. […]

April 1, 2013 | Posted in Lewis Guignard | Read More »

A Fair Tax

While the NC legislature is moving towards revising our current convoluted tax code, we can only hope the US Congress would do the same thing. Taxes are supposed to be about one thing: raising money from the people to fund a government for the people. We have gone far beyond that. The contorted code we […]

March 8, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Lewis Guignard,National | Read More »

Does Not Compute: DNC Math

Can you spell self-serving? In this case, you need the letters CRVA – the tourism cheerleading squad, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. In a recent article the Charlotte Observer dutifully regurgitates the report from the CRVA, which tells all how wonderful the Democratic National Convention was to Charlotte. You will have to excuse me if I […]

February 2, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

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