Category: Columns

No words can express the stupidity of the coronavirus lockdowns

By Kevin Roche I have run out of the adjectives to describe the idiotic responses to the epidemic. Those responses have contributed greatly to the current civil unrest. As I have mentioned before, perhaps the most important achievement of economic…

NC job losses merit energetic response

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina employers shed 616,000 jobs in March and April, according to the latest establishment survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a decline of 13% in just two months. Our labor-market collapse…

Drowning in sorrow, with a chaser of research

By Kevin Roche A few short months ago, we were riding high, a vibrant economy lifting everyone’s quality of life, now, nothing but disaster, and we are doing it to ourselves.  Nonetheless, I will press forward attempting to shed as…

North Carolina’s go-slow reopening may be costly

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our state’s labor-market cratered. The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of working-aged residents were either employed or actively…