Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

Shoot, Fire, Aim!

Right Wing Reports are Off-Target Again
By Rob Schofield
When we last left those vigilant defenders of the ownership society at the John William Pope Civitas Institute, they were lambasting Speaker Joe Hackney of the North Carolina House of Representatives for imposing a “leftward shift” on the House. As was noted on the Progressive Pulse blog at the time, this attack seemed a trifle strident given the fact that Hackney’s alleged crime (selecting Representatives Pryor Gibson, Paul Luebke, William Wainwright and Jennifer Weiss as co-chairs of the House Finance committee) involved the reappointment of three of the four people who chaired the group last year – including the decidedly pro-business Gibson. In recent weeks JWPCI has taken not-so-dead aim at a pair of additional supposed transgressions by state policymakers that include: [...] ...
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Ideologues Push the Education Factory Model

Should N.C. Students Make Do With 65% Less Space? By Rob Schofield Many of the public policy battles between progressives and market fundamentalists these days can, at times, become somewhat mysterious and difficult to follow. This is especially true when it comes to complex issues like tax policy or Medicaid – in which it can be tough to sort out the competing claims and data sets. [...] ...
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Examining the Latest “Property Rights” Nonsense

By Rob Schofield One of the big (and mostly manufactured) issues for right-wing, market fundamentalists in recent years has been “property rights” and the supposedly grave threat to American freedom that is posed by those gosh darned government ...
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New Attacks on Public Education

By Rob Schofield In modern America, it’s hard to imagine a more thankless job than that of public school official. To hold such a position is to subject oneself to an incessant barrage of demands, complaints, and pleas ...
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State Government Isn’t Starving?

Tell That to Some of the People It’s Supposed to Serve By Rob Schofield There he goes again. In the January 25 edition of “John Hood’s Daily Journal” the nothing-if-not-persistent director of the Locke Foundation embarks on another ...
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In defense of price gouging: Apparently, they weren’t kidding

In last week’s installment of Radical Right Reality Check (Greed is Good?), we followed the ideological breadcrumbs from a John Locke Foundation missive known as the “Free Market Minute” all the way back to the 25 year-old musings ...
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Greed is Good?

Most 1980’s cinema fans remember Oliver Stone’s Wall Street as a powerful indictment of the amoral/immoral, no holds barred, profit is everything, investment banking world of late 20th century America. In the movie, ultra-slimy mogul, Gordon Gekko (as ...
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More Curtis Media Mayhem

Who ya’ gonna’ call when you’re looking for the latest expert analysis on the future of the global environment?  Why, Bill “the science guy” LuMaye of Curtis Media’s WPTF in Raleigh, of course. On November 27, LuMaye spent ...
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Mercury, shmercury…

This month’s award for market fundamentalist nonsense goes to our anti-public solutions friends at the John Locke Foundation for their special report, “Fish Tales About Mercury: Why regulation of mercury is all cost and no benefit.”  Among the ...
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