The return of Pinehurst’s hollering NIMBYs

I really thought we had turned the corner. It wasn’t long ago that Pinehurst village government  consisted of a somnambulant group of 80-somethings who allowed bureaucrats to run willy-nilly on the rest of us.  One grumpy old lady could show up and complain about something — children outside after dark, let’s say — and by golly the octagenarians on the board would pass a ban on kids outside after dark.  (This actually happened, people.) We had village government committees that demanded you appear before them and get approval before erecting either a fence or a swing-set in your yard.  And…

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Re job creation: less Apple & Amazon, more what’s ALREADY THERE.

Yes, THAT is the message from some Establishment pointy-head types at The Brookings Institute writing in Harvard Business Review: Amazon’s highly visible search for a second headquarters has offered one tremendous public benefit: it has raised public awareness of what bad economic development is. Even Saturday Night Live satirized the lengths to which local officials will go to woo a major company, which include offering massive amounts of taxpayer subsidies, despite dubious economic returns. But if attracting Amazon and other companies is not the right way to create jobs, then what is? To start, it’s easy to understand why local…

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More proof: ANYONE can run for Congress.

We previously featured the inane rantings of one Adam Coker.  He is one of a gaggle of Democrat candidates out there competing for the honor to represent us in Washington. Well, Adam is BACK: Wages have not gone up in 25 years? Well, THE FACTS say otherwise. This official data shows a steady climb since July 2017. This forecast — also involving official data — predicts a dramatic continuous climb from January 2018 to April 2018. It’s interesting his tweet came with a photo of his recent purchase of “The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic.”  And he’s demonstrating what…

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Facts continue to stymie lefty doomsayers & race-baiters

Bert & Ernie and the gang are working overtime to poo-poo the ongoing economic boom.  They are trying to tell us — with a straight face — that “people of color” are being left behind by the current economic growth.  We knocked that spin down pretty well in an earlier post. Now here comes the Bureau of Labor Statistics to finish the job: In the month of December, the unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to just 6.8 percent, which is the lowest ever recorded. Prior to this month, the previous record was 7.4 percent in 2000. The government has been…

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An economic upturn and Bert & Ernie are still pissed

Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield, the public faces of WRAL’s political arm are doing all they can to provide a chorus for The Round Rev’s symphony of racial agitation: The Great Recession fell hardest on many communities and families that were already suffering economically, and the supposed recovery has done little to unmake economic systems that disproportionately benefit white people in North Carolina. Disparities in outcomes did not come out of thin air; they arise from systems and policies, past and present, that create barriers to economic opportunity for people of color. For example, inequity in pay, rooted both in occupational…

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A drive by media confession: HB2 protests really NOT hurting NC economy

I’ll admit I did quite a spectacular spit-take when I read THIS.  (Editors Note: What a waste of good scotch.)    The drive by media has been an echo chamber, for months now, of liberal activists’ and Democrat politicians’ claims  that HB2 is creating an economic disaster for North Carolina. Well, WRAL apparently decided to fact-check that assertion. (I know, SHOCKING.)  Even MORE shocking?  Laura Leslie’s byline is on the story! You remember her.  She’s the OUT lesbian and proud gay rights activist, employed by WRAL to cover state politics, who once wrote on her Facebook wall that HB2 supporters were…

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Guess what? Raising taxes on “the rich” does MORE HARM than good.

The drive by media and their comrades in the Democrat Party are in overdrive trying to sell us on getting “the rich” to “pay their fair share.”  Let’s hold that thought and take a gander at some FACTS from the highly-respected non-partisan DC-based Tax Foundation: In 2013, 138.3 million taxpayers reported earning $9.03 trillion in adjusted gross income and paid $1.23 trillion in income taxes. Every income group besides the top 1 percent of taxpayers reported higher income in 2013 than the previous year. All income groups paid higher taxes in 2013 than the previous year. The share of income…

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Bursting the Left’s Doom & Gloom bubble re: North Carolina

Leftists thrive on misery.  They cannot STAND for anyone to be doing well on their own and being happy.  Every two to four years, they want to tell us how bad things are (unless they are in charge). We’ve got a big election coming up.  National activists are meddling like you wouldn’t believe — throwing in lots of dollars and disinformation.  Well, we’re here to help you see through all that bovine feces.   The drive by media and the Democrat ticket have all been babbling about the lack of growth in personal income in our state.  According to the…

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#ncpol: IS it, or ISN’T it A COMEBACK?

The Census Bureau released a whole lot of data on Thursday.  Much of it dealt, of course, with economic conditions in America.  It was interesting to see the half-empty / half-full paradigm at work in interpreting that released information. The drive bys, of course, wanted to talk about how North Carolina is “lagging” behind the rest of the nation in median income growth. Supporters of Gov. Pat McCrory wanted to talk about how the numbers show North Carolina has the fastest growing economy in the nation.   Both groups are looking at the same data (I think).  Who is right? …

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#ncpol: Sooooo. How we doin’?

There’s a lot of talk about the economy these days.  Obama fans tell us that things are going great nationally.  Roy Cooper fans here in North Carolina tell us the state economy is a disaster.  Republicans will tell you, nationally, we’re a disaster, but here at home we’re GREAT.  What to believe? In the first quarter of 2016, personal income for Tar Heel State residents grew at a rate in line with South Carolina and Tennessee residents, but slightly slower than for folks in Virginia.  Nationally, North Carolina fell right in the middle of the pack. In the first quarter…

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