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Mitch Kokai

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Leef picks apart leftist writer’s misguided attacks

George Leef writes at the website of the Foundation for Economic Education about the latest screed from Jane Mayer. Jane Mayer is a writer for the New Yorker who knows her audience. It consists mostly of elitist progressives who like hearing that their enlightened transformation of America is imperiled by greedy conservative villains. She hasContinue Reading






Moving N.C. economic development efforts to nonprofit group

About 18 months have passed since North Carolina shifted its economic development functions out of the N.C. Department of Commerce and into a new nonprofit group: the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Partnership CEO Christopher Chung outlined the group’s purpose during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clipContinue Reading






Not so hot for Sanders’ socialism

The latest print edition of National Review features an interesting blurb about the left-most major-party candidate in the 2016 presidential race: Bernie Sanders held a rally in front of the Brooklyn apartment building where he lived as a boy. The neighborhood (Midwood), once solidly Jewish, is now home to many Russians. An enterprising New YorkContinue Reading






No land of the free for these homes of the Braves

Fans of this recent Julie Tisdale column might appreciate Ira Boudway and Kate Smith’s recent Bloomberg Businessweek feature on the Atlanta Braves’ recent history of major and minor league stadium construction projects. Over the last 15 years, the Braves have extracted nearly half a billion in public funds for four new homes, each bigger andContinue Reading






What if Trump followed through on his ideas?

The latest issue of Commentary magazine takes Donald Trump at his word and examines the likely impact for American policies if the Republican presidential front-runner ends up in the White House. Along with taxes, immigration, health care, infrastructure, and foreign policy, the magazine tackles Trump’s tactics on trade, with help from Scott Lincicome. Let usContinue Reading






Bet you could use an extra $13,000 this year

Bentley Coffey, Patrick McLaughlin, and Pietro Peretto of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University place a price tag on American regulatory growth. Economic growth in the United States has, on average, been slowed by 0.8 percent per year since 1980 owing to the cumulative effects of regulation. If regulation had been held constant atContinue Reading






More trouble for the Chinese economy

Jonathan Laing offers Barron’s readers a disturbing picture of China’s latest economic developments. U.S. INVESTORS SHOULDN’T put too much stock in the China turnaround story. The government is notorious for inflating its GDP and other growth numbers. It’s a nation that appears to be drowning in too much debt. Perhaps of greatest moment, Beijing inContinue Reading






Barron’s editorial page editor ponders Hillary’s move toward Sanders’ ideas

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s devotes his latest editorial commentary to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s efforts to woo rival Bernie Sanders’ supporters. As the winner of the nomination fight, Clinton will have to be that indulgent adult, signing on to a leftish platform in order to have a base for the general election. One yearContinue Reading






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