Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

The Megging of a Tera-ist

The national debt is over $18.6 tera-dollars, and the federal government has enough money to send North Carolina $6 million through its Recreational Trails Program. I told the tale earlier today about the 500 miles of unobstructed coastal paths where I used to frolic in England. Every so often, members of the Southwest Coastal PathContinue Reading

You Went ahead with That Major Purchase, Did You?

November 5, Appalachian State University’s employees SHRA (subject to the Human Resources Act) received a memo telling them the school was going to give them a $750 bonus on top of the $750 provided by the state. Twelve days later, after the employees had had a chance to adjust their budgets accordingly, the school revokedContinue Reading

UnitedHealthcare Projects $200 Million Loss In 2016

And, as a result, the nation’s largest health insurer recently announced its possible exit from the non-group market next year. Another reminder as to why markets are not sustainable under the thumb of government. Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner explains: Insurers have had trouble signing up young and healthy individuals on the Obamacare exchanges, whichContinue Reading

Responses to ISIS threat by ideology

Progressive/Liberal–First argue that it is all George Bush’s fault then make it clear that we not want to respond the way George Bush would have but instead sparingly use bombing raids and occasional drone strikes, but not too aggressively as that might begin to look like what Bush would have done. Conservative–Declare that they hateContinue Reading

Community colleges more successful than statistics might suggest

Community colleges are not the same kind of animal as four-year colleges and universities, a fact discussed in a new Pope Center commentary from Kelly Markson. I am a community college failure. Or perhaps I should say, I helped fail one community college. Decades ago, after receiving my bachelor’s degree, I enrolled in a fewContinue Reading

Why do people in old movies talk weird?

Great question, and How Stuff Works provides the answer:

Obamacare and the nation’s largest health insurer

Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner documents another round of bad news for the Affordable Care Act. UnitedHealth Group, the largest insurance company in the U.S., on Thursday slashed its earnings outlook, citing new problems related to Obamacare, and told investors it may exit the program’s exchanges. “In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchangeContinue Reading

About that gender pay gap

Guy Bentley of the Daily Caller highlights a new analysis of the well-publicized differential in pay between men and women. The 17 percent gender pay gap is almost entirely due to age, marriage and the different hours worked by men and women, according to a top economist at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The BureauContinue Reading