John Hood gets it right on Pence's decision →
He agrees w/me on the call and the reasons why it makes short-term & long-term sense
Bondholders are on to something when criticizing the lack of timeliness with state & local financial data, especially in comparison to private sector reporting requirements. Now comes the hard part: How do we pick up the pace?
My Latest Guest Post on the ASPA Blog: Digging Out →
Do specialized graduates make "superficial... →
Here’s the Heather Wilson op-ed that Jonah Goldeberg referenced earlier today at NRO’s “The Corner” Wilson focuses primarily on the over-specialization of undergraduate education programs, and she is absolutely correct. I have seen for myself, in the careers of friends and collegiate classmates, how many “specialized” degree programs limit the benefits the...
What a leader really is (and why colleges graduate... →
If you happen to be under 40 and a leader of an organization (any organization), take a look at this synopsis of how even Rhodes Scholar candidates are not measuring up to the classical expectations of leadership society associates with a college graduate. These sentences from the referenced op-ed are, in my opinion, most salient: “When asked what are the important things for a leader to...
Reading the Constitution is a Gimmick? What about... →
I realize Hagan and Ellmers are trying to “fit in” and not rock the boat on this one. However, as far as I’m concerned, this is an incredibly bad idea that is little more than a reactionary gimmick. #tcot
Looking Back at Ike's Farewell, 50 Years Later →
This is a great summation of Eisenhower’s policies and actions as President, as well as his beliefs and fears woven into his Farewell remarks. Had we considered the whole of Ike’s record and commentary, rather than focus on a singular phrase within the speech, we may have achieved the balance within our domestic, military and foreign policies necessary to win the Cold War (we did)...
Truth in Accounting's Site for North Carolina... →
Getting to Work on Spending →
This poll gives Congress some good suggestions on spending cuts. These are good first steps, but they do not correct structural spending deficiencies. That’s going to take direct action to completely overhaul entitlements. It does appear, however, that the citizen support is there to start the process.
UNC Habitat building 10 Homes in 2011 for UNC... →
On the surface, this is a great story and the students and faculty (including Chancelor Thorpe) deserve recognition. I am impressed with the magnitude, as well as the expediency with which those involved are making this happen. There is another angle, however, that I believe deserves consideration. Whether we admit it or now, an event like this shows just how resource-rich certain institutions...
The real costs of Microsoft's Internet Ineptitude →
Karl Smith at Modeled Behavior makes a clear, convincing case that any Microsoft shareholder can use to denounce the company’s continued battle over the Internet with Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.
One Thought on Today: Not Again!
In 1998, my home town had to deal with a tragedy involving a sick human being (Byron Looper) who used politics to try and find happiness. He failed, and in the end, killed a respected public office holder (TN State Senator Tommy Burks). The magnitude of today’s tragedy in Tuscon is far greater than what happened in ‘98. Still, trying to tie such murderous behavior in either case on...
Hiring Trends for 2011
Just saw @foxandfriends rpt the Harris Interactive results of corporate hiring trends for the coming year: 25% plan to hire full-time, permanent employees 13% plan to hire part-tme 34% plan to hire temporary workers