Economy (page 89)

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    Tackling the ‘otherwise people will die’ argument

    Michael Tanner uses his latest National Review Online column to debunk a common theme in the argument for big government. It has become the go-to policy argument for many liberals and the media: People will die. Repeal Obamacare . . . and people will die. Cut any social-welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on legislators’ reaction to this week’s public hearing on electoral redistricting. Lindsay Marchello reports on a dispute surrounding government licensing for a makeup school. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal questions a new study that suggests more physical sickness translates into greater…
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2017
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    Corporations and political activism

    Those who read Jon Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian’s recent Wall Street Journal column will not be surprised by the latest commentary from Scott Greer at the Daily Caller. The New York Times thinks corporations now serve as the moral voice of America. In the wake of the…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the continuing search for a workable strategic plan for North Carolina’s Global TransPark. John Trump details local governments’ response to this year’s “brunch bill.” John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why recent N.C. employment numbers suggest state leaders should sharpen…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2017
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    Forbes chides GOP

    Steve Forbes laments in the latest issue of Forbes magazine that Capitol Hill Republicans have approached tax reform with trepidation. HEALTH CARE ISN’T the only big issue that has the GOP floundering. Taxes, amazingly, are another. When Democrats hurl the charge that Republican tax-reduction proposals “favor the rich,”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2017
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    Obamacare and sluggish economic growth

    Scott Powell explains at Investor’s Business Daily why repealing the Affordable Care Act remains a critical component of boosting economic growth. … [T]here is still a way forward. The legislative priorities of the new administration started with repealing ObamaCare because of the need to eliminate the complexity and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2017
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    Two men on Capitol Hill who understand the problem of occupational licensing

    Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Mike Lee explain in a Time magazine essay why they’re taking aim at occupational licensing restrictions. Who’d have thought it would take more time, training and money to be licensed as a hair stylist, interior designer or barber than it does to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2017
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    Frowning at the happiness crowd

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s explains why he’s no fan of basing public policy on measures of happiness. Since money can’t buy happiness, the world’s governments must focus on the goal of happiness, placing it above monetary measures like growth of gross domestic product. That view is set forth…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2017