Jobs and economy (page 384)

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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
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    Why Keynesians should be thrilled about the recent earthquake and hurricane

    Michael Tanner‘s latest column at National Review Online treats Keynesian economics with the respect it deserves. In other words, Tanner ridicules the ideas that fill Paul Krugman’s columns and motivate President Obama’s “jobs” policies. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods — Paul Krugman should be ecstatic. Not…
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2011
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    Sowell examines the importance of wealth in fighting poverty

    Thomas Sowell‘s latest column analyzes a New York Times writer’s criticism of longtime Apple CEO Steve Jobs for his record of charitable donations. Americans in general — whether rich, poor or in between — have one of the most remarkable records for donating not…
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Jenna Ashley Robinson’s latest Carolina Journal Online report documents faculty work loads in the University of North Carolina system. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines dueling jobs plans from President Obama and his critics.
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2011
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    DPI survey follies

    After last week’s release of education job loss statistics from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the News & Observer published an article with the ridiculous headline, “N.C. school cuts just keep coming.” On Sunday, the Charlotte Observer published an article on the same subject, but their…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2011
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    Robert Mundell’s prescription for economic growth

    Robert Mundell, a Nobel laureate in economics, urged the U.S. government to cut the corporate tax rate and make the Bush tax cuts permanent in a recent interview with The Economist. Mundell claims that the biggest problem facing the U.S. and Europe is economic growth. There are two things…
    Ziyi Mai, September 6, 2011
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    S.C. governor has big idea for big Obama jobs speech

    If the president really wants to make some big news with next week’s jobs speech, he could take a suggestion from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, as reported in Human Events: At any rate, if Obama really wants to make a difference with this speech, he’ll…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2011