Jobs and economy (page 382)

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    Nonunion teacher advocates

    Education Week notes that nonunion teacher advocacy organizations are on the rise. In general, the groups’ origins, goals, and purposes remain diverse, and their work continues to evolve. Where the groups seem to converge, though, is that their members are gradually becoming involved in conversations about policy, ranging from…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2011
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    Barone isn’t taking one of Obama’s ‘free’ drinks

    Michael Barone‘s latest Washington Examiner article takes aim at President Obama’s argument in favor of the new American Jobs Act, including the notion that every item within the latest version of Washington stimulus is funded. “Everything in this bill,” Obama said in his eighth…
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2011
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    Goldberg’s analysis of the speech

    Jonah Goldberg comments on Obama’s speech to Congress.  Sign up for his weekly email newsletter, The Goldberg File, here. Here are the good parts: …He’s [Obama] the political equivalent of an aging Vegas crooner who doesn’t understand why 25-year-old girls don’t still give him their hotel room keys…
    Michael Sanera, September 9, 2011
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    Rick Hess on Obama plan: “That’s Really All He’s Got”

    The entire blog post is worth reading.  Here are the first two paragraphs: When I heard the makeup of the President’s double-secret, anxiously awaited plan to create millions of jobs and make America happy again, I unaccountably found myself flashing on the scene in “Knocked Up” where Seth Rogen…
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2011
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    Murdock’s new nickname for Obama: President Zero

    Deroy Murdock‘s latest column critiques the 44th president’s economic policies and assigns him a new moniker: The brand-new nickname for Barack ObamAA+ symbolizes America’s total net jobs created in August: Zippo. So, how many jobs emerged in August 1983, the analogous point…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State education officials have been trumpeting the news of thousands of job layoffs from North Carolina public schools. But Terry Stoops has some concerns about the way the public education establishment has compiled and promoted those numbers. Stoops shares his concerns during the latest edition of Carolina Journal…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2011
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    Louisiana officials have learned to trust the private sector in an emergency

    During an emergency, some people think the government needs to take over. Louisiana officials have learned to take a different approach, as the latest Bloomberg Businessweek documents. As Hurricane Gustav bore down on Louisiana in 2008, state officials wanted to avoid the food shortages that had…
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2011
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    Quit while you’re behind

    The following information from Bloomberg Businessweek is scary enough: For sale or rent by distressed owner: 248,000 homes. That’s how many residential properties the U.S. government now has in its possession, the result of record numbers of people defaulting on government-backed mortgages. Washington is sitting on…
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2011