Category Archives: Jobs and economy

Yea to disrupting entrenched interests, boo to cronyism

Many free-market thinkers have cheered Uber‘s ability to shake up entrenched taxi interests through superior use of technology in the absence of government guarantees. Those same thinkers are less likely to enjoy Karen Weise’s feature story in the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. It focuses on former Obama operative David Plouffe’s efforts to help UberContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor probes Greece’s ongoing problems

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explains why recent positive changes from the Greek government do not solve its lingering problems. Despite appearances, Greece is not having a fiscal crisis. The Greek government has proved it can balance its current budget. Income from taxes from January to May pretty much equaled spending on pensions, rail subsidies, governmentContinue Reading

Redistribution is linked to slower growth

Alex Adrianson of the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog highlights an interesting new analysis of the links between income redistribution and economic growth. Kevin Hassett explains the chart: … To measure how much a country redistributes, we looked at how much government policy changes that coefficient. The more taxes and transfers from the government reduceContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with George Mason University economist Peter Boettke about the problems associated with what he calls “emergency room economics.” Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal probes the ills associated with a proposed tax on carbon dioxide.

Not everybody is on board with the whole economic growth thing

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute devotes his latest National Review Online column to a peculiar phenomenon among some left-of-center political partisans. They may have wildly different ideas about how to get there, but all sides have agreed on the basic destination: a growing economy. Until recently. Lately, on the Left a new strain ofContinue Reading

Williamson examines antipathy toward trade

Kevin Williamson‘s latest column for National Review Online probes the growing distrust among the American populace of the benefits associated with free trade. This situation is the result of a swirling vortex of asininity and parochial political interests, including but not limited to the facts that (1) the Left despises free trade, which is ofContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor runs the numbers, doesn’t like the results

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s has some concerns about the latest numbers associated with federal debt. Don’t worry about a thing, folks. As John Maynard Keynes said, in the long run we are all dead. Those who think about the long run are wasting their short time on Earth. But the long run is getting shorter.Continue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Two siblings have won their long legal battle against the state of North Carolina over ownership of property near Hammocks Beach State Park. Rick Henderson discusses the recent resolution of the Hurst family’s struggle during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo offers an update on efforts to scale back or repeal theContinue Reading