Economy (page 5)

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    About that trade deficit

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s examines the latest reports about the American trade deficit. As for the U.S. trade deficit, its expansion has provided an irresistible gotcha for the media to deride the Trump administration’s intent to shrink the gap, despite increasing the budget deficit. As RDQ Economics’ John…
    Mitch Kokai, March 11, 2019
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    Mills’ missive misses the mark in some respects

    It’s nice to know that a left-of-center commentator can read one of my columns and respond with something more intelligent than name-calling. Contrast Thomas Mills’ reasoned response to that of a standard-issue internet troll. (I stopped reading the troll’s words after “You dipshits.”) Nonetheless, Mills doesn’t quite…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on dates set for North Carolina’s new 9th Congressional District election. The Daily Journal reminds us that freedom — not socialism — points the way toward better economic outcomes.  …
    Mitch Kokai, March 5, 2019
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    Fed’s policy prompts concerns

    James Grant shares with Barron’s readers his concerns about current thinking among Federal Reserve leaders, including Vice Chairman Richard Clarida. Clarida acknowledged no doubts. He said that radical monetary policy has worked, that it will continue to work, and that it may well become more radical. He contended…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2019
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    Beware of local licensing

    Andrew Meehan and Jared Meyer warn Washington Examiner readers about the latest front in the war against overly burdensome occupational licensing. If 2018 was the year of occupational licensing reform, 2019 just might be the year of local licensing preemption. That’s good news, given the success states like…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2019
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    Speaking (Even More) of Antinatalists

    It’s not just the New Republic that thinks climate change is a reason not to have kids. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently made the news by asking, “Is it still OK to have kids in the face of climate change.” She asked the question to drum up support for the the…
    Jon Guze, February 26, 2019
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    What happens when judges make up facts

    Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins overturned two constitutional amendments approved by voters in November, arguing that the General Assembly are “usurpers” who “did not represent the people of North Carolina.” John Hood explains how this fact-free ruling will endanger Democrats and invite “chaos and confrontation.” In his…
    Joseph Coletti, February 26, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state elections board’s order for a new election in the 9th Congressional District. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains why North Carolina is primed for growth in the number of distilleries.
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2019