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Like Father, Like Son: Thanks in Part to a Disastrous Tax-Hike Deal, the First President Bush Was a Statist

Like Father, Like Son: Thanks in Part to a Disastrous Tax-Hike Deal, the First President Bush Was a Statist

The establishment fervently believes that more money should come to Washington so that politicians have greater ability to buy votes. That’s why statists from both parties are so viscerally hostile to Grover Norquist’s… Read more »

Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

More than three years ago, I wrote that the Department of Transportation should be dismantled for the simple reason that we’ll get better roads at lower cost with the federalist approach of returning responsibility… Read more »

The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

The Census Bureau just released a report on America’s aging population. The big takeaway is that our population will be getting much older between now and 2050. And since I’m a baby… Read more »

Laughing at Another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

Laughing at Another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

As you can imagine, there’s a lot to choose from in the contest for the most spectacular waste of tax dollars. But the politicians in Oregon must really want the prize,… Read more »

The Growing Threat of a Wealth Tax

The Growing Threat of a Wealth Tax

Allister Heath, the superb economic writer from London, recently warned that governments are undermining incentives to save. And not just because of high tax rates and double taxation of savings. Allister says people are worried about… Read more »

Corporate Tax, Media Bias, and Gary Becker (with a Cameo Appearance by Warren Buffett)

Corporate Tax, Media Bias, and Gary Becker (with a Cameo Appearance by Warren Buffett)

Perhaps there is an occasional exception, but when someone in a public policy debate mentions a “race to the bottom,” they always seem to favor bigger government and punitive taxation…. Read more »

Taiwan Is the Success Story, not China

Taiwan Is the Success Story, not China

Which nation is richer, Belarus or Luxembourg? If you look at total economic output, you might be tempted to say Belarus. The GDP of Belarus, after all, is almost $72 billion… Read more »

Greedy Politicians Get their Comeuppance as Taxpayers Escape

Greedy Politicians Get their Comeuppance as Taxpayers Escape

If you’re a regular reader, you already know I’m a big supporter of tax competition and tax havens. Here’s the premise: Politicians almost always are focused on their next election and this… Read more »

A Decent but Underwhelming Jobs Report

A Decent but Underwhelming Jobs Report

The headlines from today’s employment report certainly seem positive. The unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent and there are about 280,000 new jobs.* But if you dig into the… Read more »

Obamacare: The Never-Ending Gift that Repeatedly Teaches Us that Big Government Doesn’t Work

Obamacare: The Never-Ending Gift that Repeatedly Teaches Us that Big Government Doesn’t Work

Sigh. Another day, another grim Obamacare update. Actually, we have two updates on the never-ending disaster of government-run healthcare. Our first story comes from the Washington Times, which reports that the company hired to fix the… Read more »