Archive: Thu Jan 2013

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    Subsidize Mediocrity

    I’ve never been a fan of “shop local” programs. I grew up in Detroit, where there was a big push to buy American cars, and I did not put much thought into what I wanted for my first vehicle. It was a Japanese product that was bottom-of-the-line in price,…
    Leslee Kulba, January 10, 2013
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    Amazing Discovery

    The Hendersonville Times-News has been running a headline-challenged article for at least a couple days. Yesterday, it claimed that individuals were spending billions of hours preparing their taxes. The claim clashed with my connotation of an individual. Today, the headline was reworked to assert that a watcdhdog, which I…
    Leslee Kulba, January 10, 2013
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    Day off Work

    It will be my privilege to be in Atlanta tomorrow, attending another presentation on unfunded liabilities. The guest speaker will be actuary John Boyle, and a preliminary draft of the speech was very impressive. Fiscally-conservative think tanks have been aware of the problem for ages, but this event is intended…
    Leslee Kulba, January 10, 2013
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    Remittances – How much money will the US send abroad this year?

    We always talk about immigration, but what about our money and what the immigrants are doing with the funds they earn within our borders?  Many immigrants or illegal aliens earn money in the US and then send money abroad to their family or friends, these funds are known as remittances. …
    Sarah Curry, January 10, 2013
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    The State Board of Uncertainty

    The N&O political blog, Under the Dome, has a noteworthy post on the uncertain future of the State Board of Education (SBE).  Just to recap, Governor McCrory has three immediate appointments to the SBE, including the chairperson.  He will have three additional appointments later this year.  These six appointments,…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2013
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    The Impact of Obamacare

    Wondering about the impact that Obamacare is going to have on the economy?  Well, here’s yet another example of what we can expect from the new law.  A group of Wendy’s franchises in Nebraska is reducing the hours of 100 employees to 28 hours a week because the new Obamacare…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2013
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    N.C.’s Big Education Establishment Moves Against Competition, Again

    JLF’s Terry Stoops has posted at sister blog The Locker Room the move made today by the State Board of Education to prevent the expansion of a successful public charter school in Pamlico County. This move is as anti-parent as you can get. The school is in demand. And that’s…
    donnamartinez, January 10, 2013