Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Stossel contrasts governing and giving

John Stossel‘s latest column at Human Events explains why the season of giving has nothing to do with government coercion. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren’t helped by coldhearted capitalism. The truth is, governmentContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the State Board of Education has endorsed the idea of replicating successful public charter schools. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal asks why many anti-poverty advocates show no interest in the effectiveness of government anti-poverty programs.

Fund focuses on American foes who fume over falling fuel prices

John Fund notes with interest in a National Review Online column that recent improvements in fuel prices mean bad news for American foes. [T]he recent 40 percent collapse in oil prices down to the $60-a-barrel range is leading to a lot of hand-wringing among oil-producing nations that are also America’s adversaries. The distress is afflictingContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the launch of Wake County’s latest mass-transit plan. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges lawmakers to push policies that remove barriers for newly formed businesses.

Francisco Franco is still dead, and the minimum wage is still a bad idea

You could take Roy Cordato‘s word for it. Or Jon Sanders‘ word. Or you could read about the latest study showing that the government-mandated minimum wage hurts those it’s presumably designed to help, as documented by Bill McMorris at the Washington Free Beacon. Minimum wage hikes hurt the people that politicians claim to help, accordingContinue Reading

Washington Examiner reports on Obamacare’s economic impact

Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner details a new study on the Affordable Care Act’s impact for the American economy. Expanding Medicaid through President Obama’s healthcare law hinders economic growth and costs jobs, according to a study from the American Action Forum released on Thursday. The finding runs counter to the argument that the MedicaidContinue Reading

Despite problems, America thrives

There’s no shortage of bad news for Victor Davis Hanson to document when it comes to the Obama administration. But Hanson’s latest column at National Review Online reminds us how well Americans are faring compared to the rest of the world. In such a depressing American landscape, why is the United States doing pretty well?Continue Reading

This is not likely to end well: Fannie and Freddie edition

Daniel Wiser reports for the Washington Free Beacon on plans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to step up risky low-down-payment mortgage loans. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt said in a statement that the lower lending standards “will enable creditworthy borrowers who can afford a mortgage, but lack the resources to payContinue Reading