Author Archives: Clint

The roots of southern conservatism

Why We Worry / History It’s tempting for the Left to liken modern southern conservatives to Confederates and to explain their ideology as being the product of bigotry and “useful idiocy.” However, the politics of minimizing the government’s role in the economy and dragging against cultural change has origins that pre-date Fort Sumter. In his […]

Is the GOP poised to win the Senate?

Why We Worry / Washington, D.C. With the midterm election still eight months off, I hesitate to contribute, even in my small way, to speculation about how it will play out. The Perpetual Campaign has gotten so bad that House Speaker John Boehner recently warned us not to expect much lawmaking from Congress in 2014. Republicans […]

Describing the American South

“The cumulative product of historical and geographical incidence appears to characterize the [Southeast US] region somewhat as follows: as to resources — superabundance; as to science, skills, technology, organization — deficiency; as to general economy — waste; as to culture — richness, with immaturity and multiple handicaps; as to trends — hesitancy and relative retrogression in many aspects of culture.” (Howard Odum, University of […]

Falling unemployment rate masks troubled NC economy

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau In remarks at the end of his first year in office — the first year of the Republican supermajority in Raleigh — Gov. Pat McCrory cited the state’s tumbling employment rate (down 2.1% for the year) as proof that his policies are improving the NC economy. “At times we had to […]

NC employment falls in 2013

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau Since Governor Pat McCrory took office in January, the unemployment rate in North Carolina has dropped from 9.5% to 8.0%. Though still a far cry from the 5% rate in January 2008,  the drop suggests a significant improvement in the job market. In a speech earlier this week, McCrory […]

Telling prison from school

_____ Source: Jeff Parker, Florida Today

Highlights from Gov McCrory’s NC budget

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau Governor Pat McCrory (R—NC) released his first budget proposal this morning, outlining spending recommendations for 2014 and 2015. Left-leaning North Carolinians braced themselves for the announcement, fearful of the influence of McCrory’s budget director, the ultra-conservative Art Pope. The good news is the news isn’t all bad. The budget calls […]

The death of newspapers (as we knew them)

Why We Worry / Media Desk We all know that newspapers are struggling; still, reading the data behind the decline is shocking, and looking at the charts is frightening. Newspapers as an industry have posted advertising losses for 25 consecutive quarters. The readership now prefers the Internet, so papers publish extensively online. While content translates well […]

How Sequester cuts would impact North Carolina

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau The Sequester cuts may be small relative to the overall national budget, but if Congress does not prevent them, they will be coming in the context of prolonged economic stagnation, as well as recent significant cuts and severe budget shortfalls on the state level. For North Carolina, new cuts […]

Naming the crisis

Why We Worry / Economics Desk It’s incomplete to call what we’re experiencing in the US an “unemployment” crisis. The problem is not just that there aren’t enough jobs available but that the existing jobs are low quality. New jobs put the unemployed to work, but these jobs are being created in a climate where […]