Economy (page 2)

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    A plea to stop downplaying manufacturing’s value

    Jay Heflin writes for the Washington Examiner about a new effort to help boost young people’s interest in manufacturing jobs. The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to convince parents who think manufacturing jobs are boring or dead-end jobs that it’s actually a good career choice for their…
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2020
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    Trump Labor Department’s deregulation achievements

    Patrick Pizzella writes for National Review Online about the Trump Labor Department‘s notable achievements. Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Labor has taken a hard look at our regulatory approach. We’ve ramped up enforcement of beneficial regulations and have set about targeting lawless employers who cheat or…
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2020
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    Trump and economic optimism

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner details assessments of economic optimism under the current presidential administration. Economic optimism has reached a 44-year high — and economic gloom a record low — under President Trump in the latest survey that shows Americans are cheering their best personal economy in…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports that a pro-union bill in the U.S. House could threaten North Carolina’s gig economy. Jordan Roberts’ Daily Journal explains why a Medicaid expansion block grant still represents the wrong policy for North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2020
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    Martin Center column focuses on ‘myth’ of entrepreneurial universities

    Zak Slayback writes for the Martin Center about a misperception involving universities and entrepreneurship. Politicos and pundits praise American universities for their entrepreneurialism. Founders of tech companies get honorary degrees and give commencement speeches. Student orientations include sessions bragging about the startup resources students have on campus. Schools even…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online about concerns linked to N.C. farm bankruptcies. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues that a Bernie Sanders presidential nomination would hurt N.C. Democrats.
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2020
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    A wealth tax’s impact on wealth

    David Bahnsen writes in Commentary magazine about the negative effects of a proposed wealth tax. [N]o dramatic images of opulence intended to stoke the fires of envy in all of us will change one basic fact. Far and away, the most common use and function of wealth is…
    Mitch Kokai, February 3, 2020
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    Debt wave approaches

    Kaushik Basu warns in a Project Syndicate column about the danger of growing debt worldwide. Over the last decade, the world economy has experienced a steady build-up of debt, now amounting to 230% of global GDP. The last three waves of debt caused massive downturns in economies across…
    Mitch Kokai, February 3, 2020