Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

N.C. Energy Forum chairman says we’re all energy voters

If you care about food, electricity, and the cost of filling up your gas tank, you ought to consider yourself an “energy voter.” Algenon Cash, chairman and small business ambassador for the N.C. Energy Forum, delivered that message today during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, CashContinue Reading

Manufacturers Need Workers…

…but it seems all they can get are bachelor’s degree recipients who either don’t have the right skills or think manufacturing jobs are beneath them. According to a fascinating article by Jillian Kay Melchior over at National Review Online, too many young people are going to college and acquiring few useful skills, while they couldContinue Reading

National Review ponders the future of ObamaCare

This month’s election cemented ObamaCare’s place in American society. Unless it didn’t. The latest National Review offers the following observation about the future of the 2010 federal health care reform law: The election results mean that Obamacare will not be repealed in the next four years. Conservatives should not conclude that it will therefore beContinue Reading

Superstorm Sandy helps ramp up warming wackiness

The latest National Review offers this blurb about the political impact of the recent storm that battered New York and New Jersey: The case for being worried about climate change, formerly known as global warming, begins with the unobjectionable and escalates to the absurd. The least plausible claim is that specific events, such as theContinue Reading

What? No kissing up to government overseers?

The latest Fortune magazine features an article titled “Steve Jobs vs. Sam Walton: The Tale of the Tape.” Biographers of the two iconic businessmen share stories about their successes. [Walter] Isaacson: … Steve was focused on product and did not focus mainly on profit. He said, “If you keep your eye on the profit, you’reContinue Reading

TIME’s cover story counters food snobbery

Tired of those silly locavores and other food snobs? Suggest that they read TIME‘s latest cover story from TV doctor Mehmet Oz: Somewhere out there–maybe just a five-minute drive from your house–a farmer’s market is selling fresh, organic leaf spinach that might have been sprouting from the soil an hour ago. This, as we’re toldContinue Reading

Barron’s Epstein counters economic happy talk

Gene Epstein‘s latest “Economic Beat” column for Barron’s pours some cold water on optimistic assessments of the American economy. “The unemployment rate is again steadily declining.” Yes, but at 7.9% in October it’s still way above anyone’s measure of full employment, normally set at under 6%. At the pace of decline from the October 2009Continue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man offers a guide to negotiations over the fiscal cliff

Jim McTague of Barron’s uses his latest column to offer readers some hints about the likelihood that political leaders will reach a deal that would help the federal government avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. [C]losely monitor the words and behavior of the president to ascertain if he is truly engaged in the discussions. So far,Continue Reading