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In this age where Socialists, in Congress and the White House, attempt to manage our complex economy as if we were a United Socialist Front as is Europe, as was Soviet Russia, it is important that we take a grown up perspective at what is real, and how it must one day be again.

It's a neighborhood landmark, since 1996 the ideal place to watch the incessant flow of people and cars that grudgingly meet at Franklin and Columbia streets.
It's a neighborhood landmark, since 1996 the ideal place to watch the incessant flow of people and cars that grudgingly meet at Franklin and Columbia streets.
 
I do get it. Some folks, within today's America, seem to need a tribal gathering point, and for the consumer intellect, scoring well while shopping is a tempting scorecard to behold, it tends to register in the pathos of the chronic consumer long beyond 'the shopping experience'.
I do get it. Some folks, within today's America, seem to need a tribal gathering point, and for the consumer intellect, scoring well while shopping is a tempting scorecard to behold, it tends to register in the pathos of the chronic consumer long beyond 'the shopping experience'.
 
Tax Cuts are leading to a strong economy for years to come
Tax Cuts are leading to a strong economy for years to come
 
The econometric issue in question was a focus of mine in graduate school and as a faculty member at Columbia. It is the issue of how to generate causal estimates of the effect of policy changes.
The econometric issue in question was a focus of mine in graduate school and as a faculty member at Columbia. It is the issue of how to generate causal estimates of the effect of policy changes.
 
In a huge step forward for Governor Pat McCrory's Innovation to Jobs (I2J) initiative, the state has selected Hatteras Venture Partners to manage the state's $60 million Venture Capital Multiplier Fund.
In a huge step forward for Governor Pat McCrory's Innovation to Jobs (I2J) initiative, the state has selected Hatteras Venture Partners to manage the state's $60 million Venture Capital Multiplier Fund.
 
As a result of historic tax reform signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina's tax climate has improved to 11th, up from 44th in 2013, according to this year's State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation.
As a result of historic tax reform signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina's tax climate has improved to 11th, up from 44th in 2013, according to this year's State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation.
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced a new agreement signed today between the North Carolina Industrial Commission and the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) that focuses on protecting the rights of workers and lawful businesses
Governor Pat McCrory announced a new agreement signed today between the North Carolina Industrial Commission and the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) that focuses on protecting the rights of workers and lawful businesses
 
North Carolina's unemployment rate decreased below the national average to 4.7 percent in July
North Carolina's unemployment rate decreased below the national average to 4.7 percent in July
 
Today success requires possessing a skill set that is in demand.
 
The United States economy expanded at .2% for the first quarter, 2015, which is better than zero expansion in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is better than negative expansion, but not an economy that anyone should be proud of; certainly not the Obama Administration.
The United States economy expanded at .2% for the first quarter, 2015, which is better than zero expansion in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is better than negative expansion, but not an economy that anyone should be proud of; certainly not the Obama Administration.
 
A meeting was held in Edenton on Nov 22 in order that local citizens will understand the benefits, or detriments, to the community regarding wind farms.
A meeting was held in Edenton on Nov 22 in order that local citizens will understand the benefits, or detriments, to the community regarding wind farms.
 
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent. That represents a 1.2 point drop from October 2013 and is 2.5 points lower than January 2013 when the governor entered office.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent. That represents a 1.2 point drop from October 2013 and is 2.5 points lower than January 2013 when the governor entered office.
 
I'll be the first to admit that I use Facebook to promote BCN's posts. That is one of the duties that online publishers do. I also meta-tag, often and well in many nooks and crannies to push BCN's post higher in Search. It is the least I can do for my contributors.
I'll be the first to admit that I use Facebook to promote BCN's posts. That is one of the duties that online publishers do. I also meta-tag, often and well in many nooks and crannies to push BCN's post higher in Search. It is the least I can do for my contributors.
 
Within hours of the announcement last week that two Charlotte-based companies, LPL Financial and The Lash Group, would relocate thousands of jobs across the border to South Carolina, political and civic leaders in Charlotte and Raleigh began pushing the panic button on business incentives...
Within hours of the announcement last week that two Charlotte-based companies, LPL Financial and The Lash Group, would relocate thousands of jobs across the border to South Carolina, political and civic leaders in Charlotte and Raleigh began pushing the panic button on business incentives...
 
In an effort to contain costs, and remain economically viable, in the fluid phosphate ore market that is worldwide and truly in a state of economic flux, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is giving the 'pink slip' to about 1000 employees spread across their entire corporate footprint.
In an effort to contain costs, and remain economically viable, in the fluid phosphate ore market that is worldwide and truly in a state of economic flux, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is giving the 'pink slip' to about 1000 employees spread across their entire corporate footprint.
 
Disgraced Standard & Poor's claims that $24 Billion was lost to the economy in the government shut-down. But they are wrong.
Disgraced Standard & Poor's claims that $24 Billion was lost to the economy in the government shut-down. But they are wrong.
 
For the first time in more than a decade, FOX News is totally shaking up its prime time lineup, except Bill O'Reilly, whose show will remain at 8:00 pm.
For the first time in more than a decade, FOX News is totally shaking up its prime time lineup, except Bill O'Reilly, whose show will remain at 8:00 pm.
 
To the surprise of industry observers, the U.S. Department of Justice in August filed to lawsuit to block the pending merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Contrary to much howling in the press and from the companies, unions, and communities involved, the DOJ's action was far from...
To the surprise of industry observers, the U.S. Department of Justice in August filed to lawsuit to block the pending merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Contrary to much howling in the press and from the companies, unions, and communities involved, the DOJ's action was far from...
 
A pro-growth tax reform including elimination of state personal and corporate income taxes has garnered significant attention in North Carolina over the last several weeks.
A pro-growth tax reform including elimination of state personal and corporate income taxes has garnered significant attention in North Carolina over the last several weeks.
 
Famed economist Arthur Laffer provided real-world economic solutions at the Civitas Institute's legislative training session recently in Raleigh.
Famed economist Arthur Laffer provided real-world economic solutions at the Civitas Institute's legislative training session recently in Raleigh.
 
Our state has been suffering with high unemployment and sluggish economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis primarily because of an inadequate educational system, high taxes and poor investments by state government.
Our state has been suffering with high unemployment and sluggish economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis primarily because of an inadequate educational system, high taxes and poor investments by state government.
 
Beaufort County, long downgraded to a Tier I county, will be upgraded to a Tier II, but do not celebrate just yet.
Beaufort County, long downgraded to a Tier I county, will be upgraded to a Tier II, but do not celebrate just yet.
 
In just over three years, our Symbiotic Publisher prototype, Beaufort County NOW, has become one of the top three news and information websites originating from Beaufort County.
In just over three years, our Symbiotic Publisher prototype, Beaufort County NOW, has become one of the top three news and information websites originating from Beaufort County.
 
Public transit systems in North Carolina have become less about helping citizens move around their communities in the way they desire and more about planners gaining enough political power to impose their transportation preferences and land use fads on those citizens.
Public transit systems in North Carolina have become less about helping citizens move around their communities in the way they desire and more about planners gaining enough political power to impose their transportation preferences and land use fads on those citizens.
 
The new French president's plan for a top income tax rate of 75 percent has raised many eyebrows on this side of the Atlantic.
The new French president's plan for a top income tax rate of 75 percent has raised many eyebrows on this side of the Atlantic.
 
Electric vehicle stations are springing up in North Carolina, partly a result of federal stimulus money going to the stations.
Electric vehicle stations are springing up in North Carolina, partly a result of federal stimulus money going to the stations.
 
North Carolina residents pay nearly 10 percent of their income in taxes, placing the state squarely among the 20th-most taxed in the nation, said the nonprofit Tax Foundation in its most recent Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking (PDF download here).
North Carolina residents pay nearly 10 percent of their income in taxes, placing the state squarely among the 20th-most taxed in the nation, said the nonprofit Tax Foundation in its most recent Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking (PDF download here).
 
The need to reform North Carolina's tax structure is urgent. Our state's economy continues to struggle, suffering from a 9.7 unemployment rate - fifth highest in the nation
The need to reform North Carolina's tax structure is urgent. Our state's economy continues to struggle, suffering from a 9.7 unemployment rate - fifth highest in the nation
 
The Laffer Center for Supply-Side Economics at the Texas Public Policy Foundation has joined the Civitas Institute to publish a recent analysis of income taxes at the state level.
The Laffer Center for Supply-Side Economics at the Texas Public Policy Foundation has joined the Civitas Institute to publish a recent analysis of income taxes at the state level.
 
"The power to tax is the power to destroy." That is an oft-repeated paraphrase of a quote from former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 court decision. Indeed taxes do destroy: incentives, productivity, businesses, and opportunity.
"The power to tax is the power to destroy." That is an oft-repeated paraphrase of a quote from former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 court decision. Indeed taxes do destroy: incentives, productivity, businesses, and opportunity.
 
Sometimes the truth hurts, and there's no way to hide it. The latest Economic Freedom of the World Report, which ranks 144 nations, constitutes such a moment for those of us who cherish freedom in the United States.
Sometimes the truth hurts, and there's no way to hide it. The latest Economic Freedom of the World Report, which ranks 144 nations, constitutes such a moment for those of us who cherish freedom in the United States.
 
Commissioners have just sold the QSII building. It is impossible to know if they should have waited or continued ownership. W
Commissioners have just sold the QSII building. It is impossible to know if they should have waited or continued ownership. W
 
Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business.
Dr. Jay Bailey owns Professional Eye Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a family-owned and -operated business where Bailey has accrued 23 years of experience in both practicing optometry and running his own business.
 
We gave away over $1,250,000 in expenses, salaries and crony capitalist subsidies and guarantees between June 2011 and June 2012 while maintaining and funding an empty QSII, an undeveloped Folly on Frederick Rd, and an unoccupied Skills Center.
We gave away over $1,250,000 in expenses, salaries and crony capitalist subsidies and guarantees between June 2011 and June 2012 while maintaining and funding an empty QSII, an undeveloped Folly on Frederick Rd, and an unoccupied Skills Center.
 
I hope the teenagers who gathered at N.C. Central University were attentive, not just excited, when former Def Jam Records president Kevin Liles stepped to the stage to give the keynote address at the Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy.
I hope the teenagers who gathered at N.C. Central University were attentive, not just excited, when former Def Jam Records president Kevin Liles stepped to the stage to give the keynote address at the Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy.
 
Throughout the latest discourse on energy policy and government-related endeavors in natural resources, I have come to a conclusion on the matter: We aren't running out of resources as fast as some would have you believe.
Throughout the latest discourse on energy policy and government-related endeavors in natural resources, I have come to a conclusion on the matter: We aren't running out of resources as fast as some would have you believe.
 
The nation's unemployment rate rose slightly in July, to a seasonally adjusted 8.3 percent, even though the employment survey showed the largest seasonally adjusted job gain in five months.
The nation's unemployment rate rose slightly in July, to a seasonally adjusted 8.3 percent, even though the employment survey showed the largest seasonally adjusted job gain in five months.
 
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