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REALITY CHECK DOUG CLARK. MEDIA SPINNING OUT ON JOBS

Posted on 29. Jan, 2015 by .

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Since 1920,the National Bureau of Economic Research has provided a Nonpartisan forum where economists can publish and debate their studies of economic trends. A new analysis finds Congress’ December 2013 decision to scrap President Obama’s extended (up to 99 weeks ) of unemployment benefits was responsible for creating 1.8 million jobs last year as expiring […]

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REALITY CHECK NEWS AND OBSERVER. WAITING FOR NED

Posted on 28. Jan, 2015 by .

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We’re waiting for News and Observer editorial page Editor Ned Barnett to blow his stack. The newspaper has published a story about North Carolina’s unemployment rate falling below the national average with 114,000 new jobs added last year. That’s good news. And gosh darn it, there’s a conservative majority in the Legislature controlling spending and […]

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REALITY CHECK NEWS AND OBSERVER. MEDICAID OVERSIGHT? NO. KEEP SPENDING.

Posted on 23. Jan, 2015 by .

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Like Pavlov’s dogs who salivated when he rang the dinner bell, Ned Barnett would fire off a negative editorial if Republicans endorsed apple pie. Maybe because Senator Berger added sugar instead of sweet and low. Take Mr. Barnett’s rip against creating an independent board to ride herd over the state Medicaid bureaucracy . His title […]

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REALITY CHECK NEWS AND OBSERVER. BLINDED BY BIAS.

Posted on 22. Jan, 2015 by .

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The News and Observer’s visceral dislike for the new conservative majority in the Legislature goes so far that it often blinds them to facts. That’s obvious comparing one of editorial page Editor Ned Barnett’s recent salvos with a factual Wall Street Journal piece by Morgan Stanley’s Emerging Markets expert. Mr. Barnett sang the old song […]

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REALITY CHECK FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER. IS $33 A MONTH TOO MUCH FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?

Posted on 21. Jan, 2015 by .

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The Fayetteville Observer recently ran a story banging the drum for ObamaCare expansion to give free Medicaid health insurance to primarily able bodied, childless, working age adults making up to $16,000 or so a year. Although about half the people who qualify for free health insurance under Medicaid expansion don’t work at all, the newspaper […]

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REALITY CHECK NEWS AND OBSERVER. THE UNC CLIQUE SHUDDERS

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by .

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Nothing could be a greater indictment of the state of higher education than an article from Seattle about Kouru, a startup company that teaches college graduates how to find a job. Despite going deep into debt to get a degree, they still find it useful to pay another $2750 to learn basic job skills. Today, […]

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