Jobs and economy (page 384)

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    Bashing the 1 percent is ‘simultaneously brilliant and daft’

    That’s how Jonah Goldberg describes the Occupiers’ rallying cry in the latest National Review: If you got rid of all the 1 percenters tomorrow, a new top 1 percent would take its place. There will always be a top 1 percent. … … [S]loganeering…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2011
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    Entrepreneurship Council: North Carolina 37th in nation, worst in South, for small business policy climate

    A new ranking from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council places North Carolina in the bottom third of the nation for its public policy friendliness towards small businesses—37th and well behind all bordering states. Tennessee is the nearest at 25th, while South Carolina is 5th, Virginia 10th,…
    Fergus Hodgson, December 8, 2011
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    Newsweek plugs Wapshott’s profile of the Keynes-Hayek feud

    A recent Newsweek names Nicholas Wapshott’s Keynes Hayek one of “10 Books That You Might Have Missed but Shouldn’t.” As we face off against the Great Recession, the only book you need to understand the debate raging in the streets today: economic freedom versus…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2011
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    Borders says no to cronies

    In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders focuses on the growing realization that crony capitalism causes major problems. As we’ve been saying all along, crony capitalism is the problem. A consensus is forming around this idea. You might have…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2011
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    All this speech needed was a reference to a “cross of gold”

    Media reports tell us President Obama previewed his re-election campaign with a speech at Osawatomie, Kans., today. In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt launched his bid for a second full term as president at the same location. And our current chief executive had pretensions of channeling the “New…
    Rick Henderson, December 6, 2011
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    NC education jobs update

    After reading “CMS makes new push to hire teachers” by Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer, I decided to revisit websites that list school district job openings. The North Carolina Public Schools Application System, which does not include listings for Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, lists 672 vacant…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Senate’s recent vote to gut the so-called Racial Justice Act. John Hood’s Daily Journal digs into the real numbers behind the headlines linked to unemployment.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    Less regulation = more entrepreneurship (and beer!)

    Even the Charlotte Observer acknowledges that fewer restrictions on alcohol production and sales jump-started North Carolina’s craft beer industry. The growth began in 2005, when N.C. legislators passed a law allowing for higher content alcohol in beer sold here. Now, lawmakers have passed a smaller but important bill that…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2011