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    What’s the Recipe For a Thriving North Carolina?

    Mitch Kokai suggests the path forward to continue a thriving North Carolina in this Winston-Salem Journal story about the Triad’s unemployment rate and the North Carolina economy. Mitch Kokai, policy analyst with Libertarian think tank John Locke Foundation, said that “to the extent that state policy plays a role,…
    Donna Martinez, August 3, 2017
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    Does money from Washington grow on trees?

    Dollars flowing to North Carolina from Washington are not free. They’ve been portrayed as such from a lot of opponents of GOP-sponsored bills blazing their way through the General Assembly during the opening weeks of the 2013 session. For example, on Wednesday, Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, while arguing against…
    Barry Smith, February 14, 2013
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    Re: Obama and unemployment

    An observation based on Roy‘s posts: the president has accepted that his political goals won’t help the economy, and he still champions them. He’s no longer shouting “What do you mean, there are no jobs?” at his flummoxed economists. He has “evolved” to the inevitable fallback…
    Jon Sanders, January 22, 2013
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    Muddled by unemployment complexity? Straight employment numbers suggest recession is not over

    Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute has just noted a few revealing data trends that place claims of recovery in doubt. He rightly points out that the unemployment numbers are confusing and politicized. On the other hand, straight employment numbers, while still problematic, are less open for manipulation and…
    Fergus Hodgson, March 1, 2012
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    Hats back on, gentlemen: an idiot

    Headline courtesy of Peter Schickele, who was talking of the reaction by Robert Schumann (whose review of a young Chopin’s music included the infamous “Hats off, gentlemen: A genius“) upon hearing the music of P.D.Q. Bach. Last night White House senior adviser Valerie “Crony Capitalism Forever” Jarrett…
    Jon Sanders, February 22, 2012