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The “Stupid Party” Strikes Again: Congressional Republicans Poised to Give Up Sequester Victory

The “Stupid Party” Strikes Again: Congressional Republicans Poised to Give Up Sequester Victory

There’s a saying in the sports world about how last-minute comebacks are examples of “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.” I don’t like that phrase because it reminds me… Read more »

Another Misguided Plan to Burden America with a Value-Added Tax

Another Misguided Plan to Burden America with a Value-Added Tax

It’s no secret that I dislike the value-added tax. But this isn’t because of its design. The VAT, after all, would be (presumably) a single-rate, consumption-based system, just like the… Read more »

Special Interest Cronies Join Forces to Fight Sequester

Special Interest Cronies Join Forces to Fight Sequester

The sequester was a victory for advocates of small government and a major defeat for the Obama administration. It was also a defeat for the special interest bottom feeders who… Read more »

Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

Let’s do a simple thought experiment and answer the following question: Do you think that additional laws from Washington will give you more freedom and more prosperity? I don’t know… Read more »

Lesson from the Birth Control Mandate: When You Mix Big Government and Big Business, You Get Big Corruption

Lesson from the Birth Control Mandate: When You Mix Big Government and Big Business, You Get Big Corruption

Remember Sandra Fluke, the 30-year old student who got her 15 minutes of fame last year by becoming the poster child for subsidized birth control? She’s fortunately faded away, but… Read more »

Another Great Moment in Local Government

Another Great Moment in Local Government

It’s no secret that I have very little faith in the competence and good will of government. I focus primarily on the fecklessness of Washington, but I also can’t resist… Read more »

Least Sympathetic Obamacare Victims…Ever

Least Sympathetic Obamacare Victims…Ever

I have great sympathy for almost all segments of the population that have been disadvantaged by Obamacare. Among the victims are many relatively powerless people, including children, low-income workers, and… Read more »

Paul Krugman Is (Sort of) Right about a Plot against France

Paul Krugman Is (Sort of) Right about a Plot against France

Every so often, when the temptation is too great, I’ll comment on something written by Paul Krugman. When he botched his analysis of Estonia, for instance, I joined that nation’s… Read more »

The Essence of Government, as Captured by Cartoons

The Essence of Government, as Captured by Cartoons

I greatly admire the way some political cartoonists are able to effectively capture the essence of an issue. And when it comes to government, I’ve always enjoyed the cartoons that… Read more »

Big Government Redistributes Money from Ordinary Americans to Benefit Washington’s Gilded Class

Big Government Redistributes Money from Ordinary Americans to Benefit Washington’s Gilded Class

Regular readers know I complain about the army of overpaid bureaucrats in Washington, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The larger problem is that Washington also is filled… Read more »