North Carolina got it right on unemployment benefits – by John Hood John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN Panelist

The Political Agitator Response:

First of all I know who John Hood is and I know his mission.

My questions John what are you really saying?

Are you saying the people who were unemployed didn’t want to work?

Are you saying if they did, they were not taking a job that they didn’t want?

Could it have been they did not want to take a job that would pay them less money than what their unemployment was?

You say, "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of payroll jobs in North Carolina rose by 1.5% in the second half of 2013, compared with a 0.8% rise for the nation as a whole. Total unemployment in the state dropped by 17%, compared with the national average drop of 12%. The state’s official unemployment rate fell to 6.9% in December 2013 from 8.3% in June, while the nationwide rate fell by eight-tenths of a point to 6.7%."

Are you saying these jobs were already out there, no new jobs created, I repeat no new jobs created and no one applied for them until after the Republicans stopped the Unemployment Extension?

You say, "More important, broader measures confirmed that North Carolina’s labor-market gains after leaving the extended-benefits program weren’t statistical." Now that is quite interesting and I would love to be educated further on such so could you provide the data and/or the resource that provides the data.

I am not disputing your message here because I have not done the research. However I would just like to know that your message is not filled with half-truths based on opinions and not being totally based on facts.

Thanking you in advance.

John Hood said:

A year ago, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to exit the federal government’s extended-benefits program for the unemployed. Facing the prospect of job-killing hikes in payroll taxes to pay back Washington, Gov. Pat McCrory and the state legislature instead reduced the amount and duration of unemployment-insurance benefits, which had been higher in North Carolina than in most states. As a result the state lost its eligibility to participate in the extended-benefits program on July 1, 2013.

National media and liberal activists pounced. Citing the decision and several other “outrages” by the state’s first Republican-led government since Reconstruction—such as adopting a pro-growth flat tax, clearing out the state’s regulatory thicket, and rejecting ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion—left-wing critics subjected the Tar Heel State to months of invective and ridicule. (Source: Read more)


Virginia values teachers even if N.C. doesn’t – Rocky Mount NC

Conservative pundits such as John Hood of the John Locke Foundation are fond of criticizing the notion that students in states that spend more money on public schools are smarter and better educated as a result of that investment.

Hood, whose column appears regularly in the Rocky Mount Telegram, points to other countries that spend less on average per student, but whose kids score higher on standardized tests, when compared to the United States.

Hood’s argument does little to boost the morale of North Carolina teachers, most of whom haven’t seen a pay increase in five years. But Virginia educators certainly know how to get the attention of our classroom instructors. (Source: Read more)