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    Next Bubble to Burst: Auto Loans?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    That's the question examined by this article published by the Mises Institute. The article draws comparisons to the housing bubble that burst around 2008, triggering the Great Recession: Artificially low interest rates resulting from massive amounts of new credit expansion encouraging the purchase of consumer durable goods financed via cheap credit. Instead of learning from […]

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    Crony Gov't Handouts a "Stick in the Eye"

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    This according to state Senator Andy Wells (R-Catawba). From the N&O   A state senator from Hickory is denouncing as a political “poke in the eye with a stick” a promise of state incentives to Corning Inc., which will move about 500 workers from his city to Mecklenburg. Corning Inc. announced last month that it would […]

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    Entire "Untapped Potential" Series Available

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Economics By Elliot Engstrom

    The Center for Law and Freedom's three-part series on the constitutionality of microbrewery restrictions is now available in its entirety at the Part 1 provides a historical backdrop to help readers understand why our judicial system is one in which courts defer to the will of the legislature: Federal and state governments, free from the […]

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    The Great Debate: Real Tree or Artificial?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Polling By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , ,

    Here's a real question for the Christmas season: to put up a real tree or an artificial one? You can register your own opinion at our online poll at Nationally, tradition holds: Real tree sales hold a two-to-one margin over artificial tree sales most years, with both segments doing more $1 billion each year. […]

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    NC Business Incentives Just a Cottage Crony Industry

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    A recent press release from Gov. McCrory's office celebrated the announcement of 450 new jobs coming to Davie County, in no small part thanks to a grant from the state's Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program.   If history is any indication, however, we'll be lucky to see half that many jobs actually materialize. In […]

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