#ncga: EVERYBODY already has a job!

So says Currituck County commission chairman, and state House district 6 candidate Bobby Hanig: […] Hanig acknowledged that some of the opposition to offshore drilling is based on emotion. However, he said his own decision to oppose it is based on the future of Currituck’s massive tourism industry. “I myself am not willing to take a chance on someone losing their job for financial gain because of some oil being drilled offshore,” he said. As far as the argument that oil drilling could help create more jobs, he said, “We already have jobs.” “Everybody here has a job. Everybody that…

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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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The economy: So, how we (really) doin’ ?

“How’m I doin’?” — campaign slogan for former NYC mayor Ed Koch _____________ It’s always good to stop, take a deep breath and assess things.  If you believe the NCGOP, North Carolina’s economy is booming.  If you believe the Democrats, the Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse are just minutes away. Well, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with state-by-state employment data for the first half of 2015.  Here in The Old North State, the civilian labor force has been growing steadily since January, but — unfortunately — so has the number of unemployed. According to the BLS, the civilian…

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Digging into North Carolina’s jobs situation

That unemployment rate the drive-bys regularly quote to you is actually a percentage of the “workforce.” In economics, the “workforce” is defined as that portion of the population, of working age,  who are employed in civilian or military jobs.  People who are unemployed, but actively seeking work, are also included as part of the workforce. Who gets excluded from the calculation of the workforce?  People in prison. Full-time students.  People under 16 and retirees over 65. Also, people who are deemed medically unable to work and people who have given up on looking for work. There are an awful lot…

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#NCGA: Dale Folwell tames the shrew

Former legislator Dale Folwell, now heading up the Employment Security Commission for Gov. Pat McCrory, went back to Jones Street today to get grilled by his former colleagues.  From all the reports we’ve seen and heard, he didn’t exactly roll over and submit to the ‘honorables’: The controversy over who will make future appointments to the state Board of Review, which rules on appeals of unemployment board decisions, has gotten personal. Rep. Julia Howard, a senior Republican lawmaker from Mocksville, and Dale Folwell, head of the N.C. Division of Employment Security and himself a former Republican legislator, harshly criticized each…

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BarryO’s latest offensive in his War on Work

As we sink deeper into the Obama Era, it is becoming more apparent that “Dear Leader” does not want people starting businesses, working hard, and making their own money to feed and clothe themselves and their families. We’ve got record unemployment.  BarryO, Dingy Harry, Kay Hagan and the rest of their accomplices pushed through this ObamaCare.  It provides one hell of a disincentive to expand your business, give your employees more hours, or to even hire more people. You know, the kind of stuff we need to have happen in order to experience economic growth.  BarryO and his girl Kay…

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Here we go again: DC taking us back to the 1970s

I don’t know about you, but the 1970s is a decade I’d like to forget. For those of you too young to remember, Google these terms:  gas lines, Iran hostage crisis, Watergate, inflation, price controls, DISCO.  Our national standing was at a low point.  Iranian radicals had overrun our embassy, and were holding our people hostage.  Gasoline for private automobiles was being rationed.  (If you were low on gas, and it wasn’t your day to fill up, you were SOL.)   Republican Richard Nixon — apart from the whole Watergate fiasco, grew the size of the federal government and instituted…

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Time to pull out of LBJ’s War On Poverty

I think it was Albert Einstein who once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Statists in Congress are arguing — in the current unemployment insurance debate — that the government needs to spend even more money we don’t have to “help” those in economic distress.  Democrats in Raleigh’s General Assembly — aided by their media allies and The Round Rev’s Moral Monday rabble — are attacking Republicans for trying to get the state’s fiscal House in order and not turning the welfare spigot on full-throttle. Liberals almost immediately protest…

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That sinking feeling ….

      According to the newly released global Index of Economic Freedom, the United States is about to fall out of the Top Ten :  When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all. Economist Adam Smith formed this theory in his influential work, The Wealth of Nations, in 1776. In 2013, his theory is measured – and proven – in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s No. 1 think tank. For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation,…

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Unemployment down? THAT’S “terrible.”

      Our local thrice twice-weekly Nobel Prize-nominated local paper never ceases to amaze me.  Today, they hit us with this headline: Analyst:  NC jobs report ‘terrible.’  But then, you read the first sentence of the article: The latest jobs report from the N.C. Division of Employment Security shows that the state’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9 percent in July to 8.7 percent in August. A drop in the unemployment rate is “terrible”?  It is if your paper is owned by hard-core Democrat operatives and the GOP controls the legislature AND the governor’s office in Raleigh. Who is this…

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