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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 »

Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a strange joke, but it’s actually because we’re covering three issues today. Our first topic is corporate taxation. More specifically,… Read more »

Time to End Export-Import Bank Cronyism

Time to End Export-Import Bank Cronyism

The Export-Import bank is a favorite of big business. It’s also been defended by some misguided free market folk. But it’s bad for jobs and, as this video from the… Read more »

The VA Health Scandal Is about Government Incompetence, not Inadequate Funding

The VA Health Scandal Is about Government Incompetence, not Inadequate Funding

I’ve never been susceptible to the claim that you solve problems with taxpayer money. Indeed, this amusing poster is a pretty good summary of my views on the effectiveness of government spending…. Read more »

Global Trends in Economic Freedom

Global Trends in Economic Freedom

I’m in Vancouver, Canada, for the biennial meeting of the World Taxpayers Associations. I gave a speech on why tax competition is a valuable force to constrain the greed of the… Read more »

The Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty

The Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty

I believe in free markets and small government, and I’m also against Washington corruption. Which is why I want to abolish the Department of Agriculture. And I suspect all sensible people will agree… Read more »

Detroit Still Not Serious About Getting Its House in Order

Detroit Still Not Serious About Getting Its House in Order

Detroit’s bankruptcy was created by decades of fiscal irresponsibility. Politicians ruined the economy with high taxes to finance their lavish spending and depleted the tax base. Given this track record,… Read more »

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 »