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The Radical Environmental Agenda Should Be Rejected, even if Global Warming Is Real

The Radical Environmental Agenda Should Be Rejected, even if Global Warming Is Real

I believe that protecting the environment is both a good thing and a legitimate function of government. But I’m rational. So while I want limits on pollution, such policies should be determined… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, which Nation and State Punish Success Most of All?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, which Nation and State Punish Success Most of All?

I’ve shared some interested rankings on tax policy, including a map from the Tax Foundation showing which states have the earliest and latest Tax Freedom Days. There’s also a depressing table showing… Read more »

A Two-Question Challenge for Supporters of Intervention and Big Government

A Two-Question Challenge for Supporters of Intervention and Big Government

I want to challenge supporters of intervention and big government. Here are two simple questions. I’ll be happy if I can get a semi-reasonable answer to either of them. 1…. Read more »

The OECD’s Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

The OECD’s Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies obviously pay (more than one time!) when governments tax profits. The workers employed… Read more »

In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost

In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost

We know the welfare state is good news for people inside government. Lots of bureaucrats are required, after all, to oversee a plethora of redistribution programs. Walter Williams refers to… Read more »

The Laffer Curve and Limits to Class Warfare Tax Policy

The Laffer Curve and Limits to Class Warfare Tax Policy

I’m a big advocate of the Laffer Curve. Simply stated, it’s absurdly inaccurate to think that taxpayers and the economy are insensitive to changes in tax policy. Yet bureaucracies such as the… Read more »

Even its Creators Want to Shut Down the Government’s Asset-Forfeiture Racket

Even its Creators Want to Shut Down the Government’s Asset-Forfeiture Racket

If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, I’ll state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate… Read more »

Is Government Threat of Punishment Keeping Private Universities from Cutting Tuition?

Is Government Threat of Punishment Keeping Private Universities from Cutting Tuition?

Federal policies unquestionably deserve some blame for skyrocketing tuition costs. Washington subsidizes student borrowing, and colleges in turn raise prices to capture federal dollars. Higher prices put pressure on Washington to… Read more »

Subsidies and Third-Party Payer = Inefficiency and Higher Prices

Subsidies and Third-Party Payer = Inefficiency and Higher Prices

People sometimes think I’m strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and we’ll see why it’s a very important… Read more »

Statist Policy and the Great Depression

Statist Policy and the Great Depression

It’s difficult to promote good economic policy when some policy makers have a deeply flawed grasp of history. This is why I’ve tried to educate people, for instance, that government intervention… Read more »