Business & Economy
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False profits

Business | Many corporations that denounce bathroom protections and religious liberty laws cash in on millions in state subsidies. Is losing their business really such a loss for states?
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/29/16, 01:00 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—When the North Carolina legislature passed a law designed in part to protect the right of private businesses to maintain a policy of sex-segregated bathrooms, the corporate backlash was apoplectic.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman axed plans on April 5 to open a new operations center in Charlotte, saying the law discriminated against transgender and gay residents. Deutsche Bank froze plans to add 250 jobs to its technology subsidiary in Cary, N.C.

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Target on target

Business | How do we decide whom to boycott—or not?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/29/16, 01:00 am

On April 19th, the 241st anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, the Target department store chain announced a transgender policy by which male, female, and confused customers and employees may use whichever restroom (or fitting room) they choose. The American Family Association quickly responded with a “pledge to boycott Target stores” that by April 29 had gained 1 million signatures.

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Ireland's economic comeback

by Cal Thomas
Posted 4/21/16, 10:58 am

DUBLIN—They called it the “Celtic Tiger,” a period of prosperity between 1995 and 2008, during which everything in Ireland appeared to come up shamrocks.

According to Wikipedia, between 1995 and 2000, the long-dormant Irish economy took off, expanding by a startling 9.4 percent. There was a building boom; roads were widened to accommodate more traffic; newly confident people started buying things they had long denied themselves, including bigger and nicer houses, which, it turns out, many could not afford.

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