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  1. Aug

    N&O Slays Straw Man to Avoid Actual Arguments

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

    Rob Christensen in this article takes the typical progressive debate tactic of completely mischaracterizing an opposing viewpoint, and then addressing that conjured up caricature rather than the actual arguments presented. In this case, the topic is unemployment insurance. In an article discussing a potential bill that would require unemployment benefit recipients to make five contacts inquiring […]

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    $15/hr Min Wage No Cure for Poverty Trap

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Still more evidence of the power of the government welfare poverty trap: Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages […]

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    A link between student financial aid and rising college tuition?

    Posted in Economics, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    The Daily Caller has an interesting piece  that highlights a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York report that says federal student loans and grants are a major contributor to the rising college costs. The report concludes each additional dollar of government student financial aid translated to a tuition hike of about 65 cents. I […]

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    How the Welfare State Creates Poverty Traps

    Posted in Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    I've written in the past about how the Welfare State creates an incentive structure that encourages government dependence over additional work income. In short, it is often the case where a person on government assistance can make themselves worse off by accepting more hours or a better job because the value of the government benefits […]

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    Renewable Mandates Forcing NC Electric Bills Higher

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

    A new article up at shows how North Carolina's electricity bills have grown more than twice as fast as regional and national averages since passage of its renewable mandate. By contrast, in the years leading up to the mandate, NC's rates rose far more slowly than national and regional averages. The state’s renewable requirements […]

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