Tag:economy

  • Trump-Steyer contest a microcosm of American politics  

    The call to impeach President Trump is verging on clamor among Democrats. Tom Steyer, a California billionaire, has one of the loudest voices. He takes this all personally. Steyer stars in ads for his “Need to Impeach” group calling the president a criminal. Characteristically, the president has tweeted his…

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • Reversing the U.S. slip-and-slide in math

    Here’s a new math fact for a new school year: The U.S. will launch the year at the back of the global classroom. Other countries have surged ahead, populating a global STEM pipeline that teems with talent. Yet despite hundreds of billions of dollars in annual education spending and years…

  • Seeking protection, rather than competition

    Americans are upset. Some are just mildly unhappy, others seem miserable, many are plain mad. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports that more than half have believed the country is “on the wrong track” in every month since February 2005. A Pew survey reveals most of us have been…

  • Learning to question claims about ‘economic impact’

    Economic development is a game, and it’s played by its own special set of rules. At its core, it involves taking public money and spending it on private companies, which is also presented as a gain for the public as a whole. That’s especially true for stadiums and other facilities…