Economy (page 89)

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    One way we could emulate the French

    Those who believe the United States should become more like Europe probably didn’t have the following National Review story in mind, though it might be a nice place to start. The headline in the London Times read, “Macron gives bosses new powers to hire and fire in a bid to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2017
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    NC’s full employment means Amazon would be stealing workers not creating jobs

    Today’s Carolina Journal’s “Daily Journal” features an important article by my colleague Jon Sanders on Amazon’s attempt to fleece North Carolina’s taxpayers in soliciting an unprecedented incentive package, i.e. bribe, from the State. If Governor Cooper and NC’s always-anxious-to-extend-the-corporate-gravy train legislature, hands over the booty Amazon wants, the corporate…
    Roy Cordato, September 22, 2017
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    Amazon’s Asking Price Is Far Too High

    JLF’s Jon Sanders looks at the prospect of North Carolina landing Amazon’s second headquarters. It would be great to have them here, he writes, but the asking price is far too high, particularly when you consider this: They may be overlooked, but 99.7 percent of all businesses are small…
    Donna Martinez, September 22, 2017
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    Obama labor policies get trumped

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller reports on recent reversals of federal labor policies. Obama administration efforts to change labor policies through executive actions are being unraveled by legal and political forces, according to a new report. The right-leaning American Action Forum (AAF) found that five major policies…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert reaction to the latest U.S. Senate Republican effort to overhaul Obamacare. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains why the asking price for a new Amazon headquarters is too high for North Carolina to pay.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    Why Price-Gouging Laws Are Poor Policy

    A lot of folks like the idea of imposing ‘price gouging’ laws in the wake of natural disasters. But do price-gouging laws really ‘protect’ people? Or, do they hurt the very people they’re supposed to help? Dr. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economist and resident scholar, explains why…
    Donna Martinez, September 18, 2017
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    A different kind of decision maker at the Fed

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s wonders how the Federal Reserve might operate under different management. The standard parameters for Fed policy are full employment with price stability, which hardly seem controversial. To a great extent, those conditions have been met. The most widely watched measure of unemployment last month…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2017
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    Price gouging as public service

    No one likes “price gouging.” Kevin Williamson explains at National Review Online why we need it. Price gouging is treated as moral abomination and, at times, as a legal offense. You know what price-gouging is? A public service. Prices are how we ration scarce goods, and the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2017