Author: Brian Balfour


The Myth of ‘Trickle-Down Economics’

Pop quiz: what do you do when you are a politician who finds himself incapable of debating the merits of an opposing viewpoint? Answer: invent a viewpoint no one holds, critique that viewpoint, and claim intellectual victory. That’s what happens when politicians talk about “trickle-down economics” – when in fact…


Brian Balfour Discusses Public Benefit Corporations [Jason Lewis Show]

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Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

Unemployment Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

“You get what you pay for” goes one popular old adage. And in North Carolina, it appears that we had for some time been paying to secure one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.


How to Keep Poor People Poor

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps. I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people…

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About The 2013 North Carolina state legislative session was a memorable one. The passage of historic and long-overdue reforms to state taxes, election laws and education made headlines throughout the year. This article is not intended to recap those highly publicized…


Nanny State Increases Day Care Costs

Day care prices across the nation have been rising at a dramatic clip for years. In many cases, the cost to parents for a toddler in day care is more expensive than sending their teen to a high-quality private high school. But salaries for professional childcare workers – the largest…


Affordable Care Act Affecting Small Businesses

Civitas Institute's Brian Balfour is quoted in this news piece about Obamacare affecting small businesses.


October Poll Quiz

Civitas recently hosted its October poll luncheon to discuss the results of the October statewide opinion poll. Some of the results have already been released to the general public, with more information to come. How much do you know about the pulse of North Carolina as it relates to political…


Obamacare Exchange Quiz

The rollout of the Obamacare health insurance "exchanges" has been universally identified as a disaster. But how much do you know about the exchanges themselves? To test your knowledge, take this week’s quiz.

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