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The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert Social Security recipients to a scam.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert Social Security recipients to a scam.
 
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act this week to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act this week to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship
 
As another year draws to a close, a year of Democratic resurgence in both national and local politics, I offer this challenge to incumbent and newly elected lawmakers alike
As another year draws to a close, a year of Democratic resurgence in both national and local politics, I offer this challenge to incumbent and newly elected lawmakers alike
 
Labor Day was the saddest day of the year when I was young. It signaled the official end of summer and the start of the routine of getting up early, going to school, doing homework and going to bed early
Labor Day was the saddest day of the year when I was young. It signaled the official end of summer and the start of the routine of getting up early, going to school, doing homework and going to bed early
 
This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, joined Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018
This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, joined Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018
 
"Whoever thought I was going to live so long," my 96 year old mother asked? She isn't alone
"Whoever thought I was going to live so long," my 96 year old mother asked? She isn't alone
 
Medicare and Social Security, along with Medicaid, represent a majority of the federal budget each year, and represent mandatory spending
Medicare and Social Security, along with Medicaid, represent a majority of the federal budget each year, and represent mandatory spending
 
"Human advancement is not a mere question of almsgiving, but rather of sympathy and cooperation among classes who would scorn charity," writes W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk
"Human advancement is not a mere question of almsgiving, but rather of sympathy and cooperation among classes who would scorn charity," writes W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk
 
This week, first daughter Ivanka Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) unveiled an outline for their plan for paid parental and family leave. The plan would allow families to take time against their Social Security retirement age at their discretion
This week, first daughter Ivanka Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) unveiled an outline for their plan for paid parental and family leave. The plan would allow families to take time against their Social Security retirement age at their discretion
 
Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, John Koskinen, to urge the IRS to reconsider a recent decision that will cause lower-income military retirees to lose federal benefits
Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, John Koskinen, to urge the IRS to reconsider a recent decision that will cause lower-income military retirees to lose federal benefits
 
If you've ever put together a jigsaw puzzle you can understand the task of assembling a state budget. Like a puzzle, one piece of the spending and tax plan builds upon another as lawmakers construct a two-year budget that spends more than $23 billion a year
If you've ever put together a jigsaw puzzle you can understand the task of assembling a state budget. Like a puzzle, one piece of the spending and tax plan builds upon another as lawmakers construct a two-year budget that spends more than $23 billion a year
 
But you would think it was only invented on November 8, 2016. The word originally was used in horse-racing when it referred to checking all horses in a race by a veterinarian. The original term was to 'VET' because of the examination.
But you would think it was only invented on November 8, 2016. The word originally was used in horse-racing when it referred to checking all horses in a race by a veterinarian. The original term was to 'VET' because of the examination.
 
We will never be able to correct the course of this country's economic trajectory until we get control of the entitlements which includes welfare as well as the sacred cow Social Security.
We will never be able to correct the course of this country's economic trajectory until we get control of the entitlements which includes welfare as well as the sacred cow Social Security.
 
"There is a date certain" when Social Security and Medicare trust funds will be empty, and Millennials and the members of Generation X will be left to pick up the pieces, one of the nation’s leading economists says
"There is a date certain" when Social Security and Medicare trust funds will be empty, and Millennials and the members of Generation X will be left to pick up the pieces, one of the nation’s leading economists says
 
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is encouraging North Carolinians to contact his regional offices if they experience difficulty dealing with a federal agency
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is encouraging North Carolinians to contact his regional offices if they experience difficulty dealing with a federal agency
 
Voter ID has been in the news many times lately. Some people are for, and some people are against voter ID.
Voter ID has been in the news many times lately. Some people are for, and some people are against voter ID.
 
Diane Rufino proposes a solution to the Social Security problem, by asking Congress to legislatively define SS as a property right
Diane Rufino proposes a solution to the Social Security problem, by asking Congress to legislatively define SS as a property right
 
He has a good job, a successful marriage to a woman, reads one book a year, and uses a 500 word vocabulary.
He has a good job, a successful marriage to a woman, reads one book a year, and uses a 500 word vocabulary.
 
Three state senators have introduced a bill removing the state's religious exemption for immunizing minor children.
Three state senators have introduced a bill removing the state's religious exemption for immunizing minor children.
 
President Obama's most recent budget makes it clear, the Wall Street Journal says, that while Republicans need his signature "to arrest America's coming fiscal crackup," they're "unlikely to get even the back of his hand."
President Obama's most recent budget makes it clear, the Wall Street Journal says, that while Republicans need his signature "to arrest America's coming fiscal crackup," they're "unlikely to get even the back of his hand."
 
Progressives everywhere are calling for an increase in the minimum wage. (For a look at the progressive movement's historical support for the minimum wage see this article.) The amount of the increase depends on who is calling for it. President Obama wants a 40 percent hike from the current...
Progressives everywhere are calling for an increase in the minimum wage. (For a look at the progressive movement's historical support for the minimum wage see this article.) The amount of the increase depends on who is calling for it. President Obama wants a 40 percent hike from the current...
 
The push is on, both nationally and in several states, to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.30 nationally and as high as $15 in specific cities and states. I think it would be absolutely great if everyone who wanted a job could get one at a wage of $10 or $15 an hour...
The push is on, both nationally and in several states, to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.30 nationally and as high as $15 in specific cities and states. I think it would be absolutely great if everyone who wanted a job could get one at a wage of $10 or $15 an hour...
 
The push is on, both nationally and in several states, to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.30 nationally and as high as $15 in specific cities and states. And let me say that I think it would be absolutely great if everyone who wanted a job could get one at a wage of $10
The push is on, both nationally and in several states, to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.30 nationally and as high as $15 in specific cities and states. And let me say that I think it would be absolutely great if everyone who wanted a job could get one at a wage of $10
 
The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.32 an hour. Consequently, the state has the third highest teenage unemployment rate in the country at 30.6 percent. This is almost 10 percentage points higher than the national average of about 21 percent.
The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.32 an hour. Consequently, the state has the third highest teenage unemployment rate in the country at 30.6 percent. This is almost 10 percentage points higher than the national average of about 21 percent.
 
The highway trust fund is running out of money and we need to do something to get the funding back up to a point where we will be able to maintain our Interstate highway system.
The highway trust fund is running out of money and we need to do something to get the funding back up to a point where we will be able to maintain our Interstate highway system.
 
There was a time in this country when people were reticent to accept "welfare." Most people saw it as something to be ashamed of.
 
It's too bad that we have to turn to history books detailing events of generations long ago to appreciate principled American leaders.
It's too bad that we have to turn to history books detailing events of generations long ago to appreciate principled American leaders.
 
On October 1, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of fraud from a Fayetteville, NC resident.
On October 1, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of fraud from a Fayetteville, NC resident.
 
In case you've been too busy with real life to keep track of the political dramas of the past two weeks, here's a brief recap.
In case you've been too busy with real life to keep track of the political dramas of the past two weeks, here's a brief recap.
 
Out-of-state college students wishing to vote in North Carolina elections should find it relatively easy to get a state-issued photo identification card that will be necessary to cast a ballot under the new voter ID system.
Out-of-state college students wishing to vote in North Carolina elections should find it relatively easy to get a state-issued photo identification card that will be necessary to cast a ballot under the new voter ID system.
 
Remember the TV ad with the little old lady holding up a burger and asking, "Where's the Beef?"
Remember the TV ad with the little old lady holding up a burger and asking, "Where's the Beef?"
 
The Republicans were actually trying to save the Social Security system which is at risk of failing in the next decade.
The Republicans were actually trying to save the Social Security system which is at risk of failing in the next decade.
 
As a longtime advocate of shortening North Carolina's ballot and rationalizing the distribution of executive power in state government, I was glad to see some folks reacting to a recent News & Observer series on workers-comp evasion by calling for state agency reorganization.
As a longtime advocate of shortening North Carolina's ballot and rationalizing the distribution of executive power in state government, I was glad to see some folks reacting to a recent News & Observer series on workers-comp evasion by calling for state agency reorganization.
 
The term "third rail," in the context of politics, refers to a policy one cannot touch for fear that he will suffer career electrocution. The analogy stems from the hazardous third rail that powers some train systems.
The term "third rail," in the context of politics, refers to a policy one cannot touch for fear that he will suffer career electrocution. The analogy stems from the hazardous third rail that powers some train systems.
 
We are being told that some very large percentage (well over half) of the American population is partaking of (and presumably enjoying) the largess of government entitlement spending.
We are being told that some very large percentage (well over half) of the American population is partaking of (and presumably enjoying) the largess of government entitlement spending.
 
While unfunded liabilities continue to garner plenty of attention in the press, I fear a lack of understanding means this attention is failing to translate into legislative action.
While unfunded liabilities continue to garner plenty of attention in the press, I fear a lack of understanding means this attention is failing to translate into legislative action.
 
Why has no one asked what that grand give-away is doing to the Social Security Trust Fund - which reportedly is already running low??
Why has no one asked what that grand give-away is doing to the Social Security Trust Fund - which reportedly is already running low??
 
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Democrats are busy cranking out emails castigating him for pointing out the obvious.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Democrats are busy cranking out emails castigating him for pointing out the obvious.
 
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