WRAL drinks at a tainted watering hole:
Any long-term improvement in the U.S. economy will require painful choices, the kinds of choices that politicians have been thus far unwilling to make, according to Mike Walden, an economist and professor at North Carolina State University.
It looks like we're headed back to the bad old days, where media failed to inform readers that the "expert" they interviewed was in the employ of Art Pope. Not only is Doctor Mike and adjunct scholar for the John Locke Foundation, he's been producing tainted research for them for at least fifteen years:
A 1996 paper by North Carolina State University economist Dr. Mike Walden, written for the John Locke Foundation, found that investing tax dollars in public safety generated far stronger economic returns than government expenditures on even public education or highways (all other public expenditures drew negative economic returns, by the way).
Local economies grow new businesses and opportunities faster where insurance costs aren't sky-high and people aren't afraid to shop, work, and live. To maintain these positive trends, North Carolina must continue to expand prison capacity as quickly and efficiently as possible so that more criminals can receive just (that is, longer) sentences. This need not be a budgetary burden, if inmate labor is used and larger, more cost-effective prisons are built.
In a recent conversation I had with a few bloggers (from other sites), it was suggested that maybe BlueNC's preoccupation with Art Pope and his minions was an unhealthy use of valuable blogjuice.
You know what? They could be right. In that case, you can expect continued and sustained unhealthy behavior here, because it will be a cold day in hell before we stop informing readers about this powerful entity.