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Obama-Style Taxation Is Causing an Economic Train Wreck in Europe

Obama-Style Taxation Is Causing an Economic Train Wreck in Europe

I wrote the other day that Americans, regardless of all the bad policy we get from Washington, should be thankful we’re not stuck in a hellhole like Venezuela. But we also should… Read more »

The Miracle of Modern-Day Prosperity…and the Ideas and Policies that Made it Happen

The Miracle of Modern-Day Prosperity…and the Ideas and Policies that Made it Happen

Why are some nations rich and other nations poor? What has enabled some nations to escape poverty while others continue to languish? And if we want to help poor nations… Read more »

More Companies Escaping America’s Masochistic Corporate Tax System

More Companies Escaping America’s Masochistic Corporate Tax System

Last August, I shared a list of companies that “re-domiciled” in other nations so they could escape America’s punitive “worldwide” tax system. This past April, I augmented that list with some commentary about whether Walgreen’s… Read more »

Mocking Bad Government in America…but Be Thankful We’re Not Venezuela (at least not yet)

Mocking Bad Government in America…but Be Thankful We’re Not Venezuela (at least not yet)

I’ve written a couple of serious posts about the death panels at the VA’s government-run health facilities. I think it’s particularly important to understand that the problem has nothing to do with… Read more »

The Corrupt, Dishonest, Venal, Despicable IRS

The Corrupt, Dishonest, Venal, Despicable IRS

Some statements are so lame that they now serve only as punch lines. Nobody, after all, would ever claim to a teacher that “the dog ate my homework.” Moreover, surely… Read more »

Paul Martin: The Bill Clinton of Canada, Only Much Better

Paul Martin: The Bill Clinton of Canada, Only Much Better

Imagine how weird it would be if the Cato Institute and Americans for Tax Reform praised Barack Obama for fiscal responsibility. And think how inconceivable it would be for the… Read more »

Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

As part of my “great moments” in government series, I periodically share stories about really foolish regulations and really wasteful spending. And sometimes I’ll even have a story that combines dumb regulation and… Read more »

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

When the new Tory-led government came to power in the United Kingdom, I was rather unimpressed. David Cameron positioned himself as a British version of George W. Bush, full of “compassionate… Read more »

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Regular readers know that good fiscal policy takes place when government spending grows slower than the private economy. Nations that maintain this Golden Rule for extended periods of time shrink the relative burden… Read more »

Linear Thinking and the Rahn Curve: Responding to a Critic

Linear Thinking and the Rahn Curve: Responding to a Critic

There’s an old saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. That may be true if you’re in Hollywood and visibility is a key to long-run earnings. But in the world… Read more »