Rethinking Romney ….

I know I gave major props to Mitt Romney in an earlier post about “job creation” and the silly season.  An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal has me rethinking that praise: Mitt Romney rolled out a major chunk of his economic agenda yesterday, and we’ll say this for it: His ideas are better than President Obama’s. Yet the 160 pages and 59 proposals also strike us as surprisingly timid and tactical considering our economic predicament. They’re a technocrat’s guide more than a reform manifesto. Ouch.  And there’s more: Where the Governor is less persuasive is on the larger issues…

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Judicial tyranny at its worst …

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning has said the state MUST fully fund pre-K classes, and that state legislators have no recourse but to do what he says.  Wow. One lawyer in black robes, elected by a few counties, has the power to create a constitutional right that will sock it to the wallet of state taxpayers and blow a bigger hole in the state budget.  This guy can single-handedly jack up my tax burden, and I can’t do a thing about it. (except maybe donate to his opponent in the next election …) What is the point of having a…

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A picture is worth a thousand words …

 

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Getting sued by the feds for LISTENING to Washington …

          Reports are out about the Feds suing big banks for all of the bad housing loans they gave out in the run-up to the crash of the U.S. housing market. Why did these banks give out all of these bad loans?  It has A LOT to do with the federal Community Reinvestment Act, first passed in 1977 and tinkered with repeatedly ever since: How could a piece of 1977 legislation be significant to the deterioration of mortgage standards 25 years later? The CRA was not a static piece of legislation. It evolved over the years…

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Job creation and the political silly season ….

“Job Creation” is THE buzz moving through the media and the political class as the 2012 campaign season starts to gear up.  Barry-O is giving us a speech on Thursday about how he will create jobs. Candidates are attacking each other over who has the best “job creation” plan.  (Mitt Romney seems to be one of the few major candidates in either party who appears to have a clue on this issue.) The media is already running comparisons of “Job creation” in the George W. Bush and Obama eras. Let me put on my entrepreneur and professor hats, and break…

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A big ZERO for Barry O ….

That’s right.  Official economic reports indicate that no new jobs were created for August.  That’s the first time since World War II: The US economy created no jobs and the unemployment rate held steadily higher at 9.1 percent in August, fueling concerns that the US is heading for another recession. It was the first time since World War II that the economy had precisely net zero jobs created for a month. Economists had been expecting the report to show a net of 75,000 jobs created, an unusually low number considering the US is technically more than two years removed from…

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He wants your money AND your TV time ….

First, President Barry wants to speak on television Wednesday — at the same time as a GOP presidential debate.  That idea gets nixed — so he tries to get some TV time on Thursday.  The problem with Thursday — that is the night that NFL football coverage kicks off.  What a choice — escape from these horrible economic times by enjoying a great football game, or you can look at and listen to the man who gave us this mess. The White House thinks they have the perfect compromise:  go on the air at 7PM and finish before the game…

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Some common sense on voter ID laws ….

It has been a little while since Madame Governor vetoed what many of us thought was a very sensible piece of legislation — requiring voters who show up to cast ballots actually show ID to prove they are who they say they are.  (Oh, the horror.) Gov. Bev, her hench-persons in the legislature, and all of the aspiring-press-spokespersons at The N&O have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the voter ID bill supporters, referencing Jim Crow, Bull Connor, and — of course — Hitler.  National Review has come out with a great defense of voter ID laws: A number…

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Fed Judge: NC MUST pay Planned Parenthood

Unbelievable.  A federal judge — aided and abetted in his climb through the ranks by “Monty Hall Republican” Senator Richard Burr — has said North Carolina taxpayers MUST keep funding Planned Parenthood’s operations in the state: U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. issued a preliminary injunction that found merit with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina’s arguments that the ban on funding was unconstitutional on several grounds. At issue is $212,000 that would have gone to the group’s clinics in Durham, Chapel Hill and Fayetteville to pay for contraceptives, teen pregnancy prevention programs and health services such as cancer…

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Voted already? No problem. Try again …

News reports out of Raleigh indicate the arrest of an 89 year old resident for voting twice in the 2010 elections.  The man says he participated in the state’s early voting process, then showed up at his polling place again on election day.  The suspect said he wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to vote twice in the state’s elections.  He said he told polling place workers that he already voted, but they gave him a ballot and let him vote again, anyway: Leland Duane Lewis said he had voted only one side of the ballot at an early-voting…

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