Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Washington Post’s Samuelson takes aim at notion that Democrats have superior economic policies

The headline of Robert Samuelson‘s Washington Post column tells you much of what you need to know about his assessment of a new academic study: “Do Dems run the economy better? Nope.” It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistentlyContinue Reading

National Review’s Williamson focuses on the left’s ‘trickle-down economics’

You’ve heard the criticism of supply-side economic ideas as “trickle-down” policies. Kevin Williamson of National Review takes aim at that criticism in his latest column, then explains why the “trickle-down” label applies more accurately to economic theories of the left. Perversely, those advancing trickle-down ideas are mostly the same ideologues who denounce “trickle-down.” But theyContinue Reading

Burr tours corporate welfare recipients to tout corporate tax breaks, fails to draw the obvious lesson

The obvious lesson is, as I’ve stated over economic incentives programs are a tacit admission by state policymakers that lower taxes and regulations would attract more industry to North Carolina. The question then becomes: Why do it just for select industries? Why not lower taxes and regulations across the board? and over at the heartContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online highlights a new John Locke Foundation report on key elements of the 2014-15 N.C. state budget. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal focuses on the difficult task of assessing costs linked to cronyism.

A book more often purchased than read

Gene Epstein‘s latest “Economic Beat” column in Barron’s examines the response to Thomas Piketty’s highly publicized tome on capitalism. According to The Wall Street Journal, the multitudes who splurged $21.99 apiece on the Kindle edition of French economist Thomas Piketty’s best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, also spent about 20 minutes reading it. Based onContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the New Hanover County school board’s vote to seek a delay in implementation of a revised AP U.S. history course. John Hood’s Daily Journal credits the Obama administration for proceeding with development of helpful new economic measures.

Shlaes says we often overestimate disaster recovery

Amity Shlaes documents for National Review Online readers a new study that challenges popular misconceptions about government intervention after disasters. We often tend to overrate the quality of post-disaster intervention. Economists Solomon Hsiang and Amir S. Jina recently studied economies of nations that had endured the prototypical natural disaster, the cyclone. Studying 6,700 cyclones thatContinue Reading

National Review’s Williamson pans federal Workforce Investment Act

Deep within Kevin Williamson‘s latest National Review Online column, which focuses on the best way to boost the prospects of people living in Ferguson, Mo., lies a critique of government efforts like the Workforce Investment Act. Consider the checkered history of the Workforce Investment Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, significantly expanded underContinue Reading