I did enjoy your excellent post. And Good Bull is also right: whatever affects the economy of NC is fair game for discussion here. Not only NC, however, but wherever BB&T does business. Which brings me to these interesting statistics provided by the WSJ: YTD, U.S. regional bank stocks are down about 4% on the average. However, banks in the west region are up about 9.4%, banks in the east are up about 2.7%, and in the central region they're up about 1%. That leaves guess who for the downside? Yup, the southern banks are down about 19%. Ouch! Why?
My guess is the hurricanes had something to do with it, but that can't be all there's to it.
Sometimes I suspect the "good old boy" school of capitalism still so strong here in the South is actually bad for the best kind of capitalism, bad for innovation, and bad for that extra drive which propels individuals and companies to go further ... now that we're allegedly in the "age of information" or "brains over brawn" our region is being held back again by some familiar old factors: good old boys in power who want nothing but to keep their power and priviledge, know-nothings who want to keep our education in the 16th Century (pre-Enlightenment, Mr. ROT), and that old reactionary strain in us all that just wants to send a solid fist into the face of anything new and different and odd ...
Speak out and you will get answers that you have no right, as a poster has said here. Appropriately enough, it is a self-proclaimed "Christian" who wants to keep this board in line and keep out the "idiosyncrasies" (like independent thought, I suppose) ... but there I go again, becoming sarcastic. Back into the saltwater swamp for me, got some voodoo ceremonies to attend, which just might me more helpful than listening to what comes from the mighty pulpits of righteous narrowmindedness.