Economy (page 7)

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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Unemployment Insurance Report

    Mitch Kokai gave comments to the Winston-Salem Journal for a recent story on Unemployment Insurance (UI) in North Carolina. The story reports on the changes in UI following the Great Recession. According to the article, the state racked up $2.8 billion in debt to the U.S. Labor and Treasury…
    Brenee Goforth, June 20, 2019
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    “What Do the [Tech] Oligarchs Have in Mind for Us?”

    Nothing good, according to Joel Kotkin! In a recent piece at Quillette, he writes: The rulers of the Valley and its Puget Sound doppelganger now account for eight of the 20 wealthiest people on the planet. Seventy percent of the 56 billionaires under 40…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    Yes, there is a federal debt crisis

    The lack of attention given to the national debt crisis by politicians, pundits, and policymakers is always disheartening to me – and it is a crisis. Make no mistake, Republicans and Democrats are guilty of contributing to this problem. The importance of responsible government spending was…
    Jordan Roberts, June 19, 2019
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    The Coastland Times picks up piece by JLF’s Jordan Roberts

    The Coastland Times republished column by JLF’s Jordan Roberts on hospital mergers on Sunday. Roberts writes that these mergers can be bad for patients for two reasons: price and quality. On price, Roberts writes: Numerous studies have shown evidence that when hospitals consolidate, patients pay higher prices for procedures. Naturally,…
    Brenee Goforth, June 18, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Hospital Mergers May Spell Bad News for Patients

    JLF’s Jordan Roberts published an interesting column in Carolina Journal on hospital mergers. Roberts writes that these mergers can be bad for patients for two reasons: price and quality. On price, Roberts writes: Numerous studies have shown evidence that when hospitals consolidate, patients pay higher prices for procedures. Naturally, when…
    Brenee Goforth, June 13, 2019
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    Econlib asks: If economists agree on free trade, why don’t we have freer trade?

    That question leads to Dartmouth College economics professor Douglas Irwin’s “A Brief History of International Trade Policy,” which is well worth the read for anyone interested. It’s a topic that I’ve written about frequently during the presidency of Donald Trump. Some examples: Tariffs, like minimum wage hikes, are based…
    Jon Sanders, June 11, 2019
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    The VP’s mischaracterization of tariffs

    According to VP Mike Pence, tariffs are “an exercise of economic power.” He’s wrong. They are an imposition of government power.
    Roy Cordato, June 10, 2019