Jobs and economy (page 393)

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    Kudlow spreads the good cheer

    If you’re in a funk about the current state of the economy and the government’s approach to it, you might want to skip the closing paragraphs of Lawrence Kudlow‘s latest column: According to Rasmussen, fewer than half believe their homes are worth more than…
    Mitch Kokai, October 7, 2011
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    Senate leader blames Perdue team for lost Brunswick jobs, calls for larger review of incentives

    Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and her Commerce Department team are trading barbs with Republican legislative leaders over who’s to blame for Continental Tire’s decision to add a projected 1,000 new jobs or more in South Carolina, rather than Brunswick County. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, made his case during an…
    Mitch Kokai, October 6, 2011
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    As you read and listen to praise of Steve Jobs today, part 2

    He learned from his economic failures and maintained a laser-beam focus on improving products for his consumers. Steve Jobs also served as an admirable example for entrepreneurs in another way, as Timothy P. Carney documents for Washington Examiner readers. Compared to his competitors, though,…
    Mitch Kokai, October 6, 2011
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    As you read and listen to praise of the late Steve Jobs today …

    … you might want to consider the Apple co-founder’s economic failures and “difficult” management style. Am I speaking ill of the dead? Not at all. Both a willingness to take economic risks and a perfectionist streak in pursuit of better products represent key pieces of Jobs’…
    Mitch Kokai, October 6, 2011
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    A brief explanation of the problem with tariffs

    Economic historian John Steele Gordon offers Commentary readers the following assessment (subscriber link) of tariffs while responding to a reader’s criticism of an earlier article: Tariffs are a tax ultimately paid by the consumer. And high tariffs allow domestic manufacturers to raise their prices…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
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    Adding some arrggghhh to your economics

    Amid the drinking, gambling, thieving, and fighting, pirates couldn’t have had much time for economic calculation, could they? Actually, the policies and practices pirates employed in securing their illegal booty offer some interesting economic lessons. George Mason University economist Peter Leeson discussed them in a presentation last night for Campbell…
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
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    Even TIME sees that the Solyndra scandal reveals a problem

    The magazine’s Michael Scherer spends too much time focusing on Chinese dominance “in the global race to develop new commercial energy technologies,” but at least his article on the Solyndra scandal does not completely avoid the relevant facts: Solyndra’s federally funded venture–with a price…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claims about recent government job losses don’t match reality. John Hood’s Daily Journal dissects the New Yorker‘s hatchet job on conservative activist Art Pope.
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011