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To the Extent America Has an Infrastructure Crisis, that’s an Argument for Decentralization rather than a Bigger Federal Government

To the Extent America Has an Infrastructure Crisis, that’s an Argument for Decentralization rather than a Bigger Federal Government

Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute looks at the topic of infrastructure spending and I’m left with mixed feelings. Some of what he writes is very good. Yes, the claims of… Read more »

Another Brutally Disturbing Example of Government-Run Healthcare from the United Kingdom

Another Brutally Disturbing Example of Government-Run Healthcare from the United Kingdom

It’s time to add to our collection of horror stories from the U.K.’s government-run healthcare system (previous examples can be found here,here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,here, here, here, here, here, and here). What makes today’s story different, though, is that the… Read more »

America’s Ever-Expanding Regulatory Swamp

America’s Ever-Expanding Regulatory Swamp

Maybe I’m biased because I mostly work on fiscal policy, but it certainly seems feasible to come up with rough estimates for the damage caused by onerous taxes and excessive… Read more »

Financed by American Tax Dollars, the OECD Endorses Obama’s Statist Agenda for the U.S. Economy

Financed by American Tax Dollars, the OECD Endorses Obama’s Statist Agenda for the U.S. Economy

I hate to sound like a broken record, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is once again pushing for bigger and more intrusive in the United States…. Read more »

The Simple Lesson We Should Learn from Global Economics

The Simple Lesson We Should Learn from Global Economics

I very rarely feel sorry for statists. After all, these are the people who think that their feelings of envy and inadequacy justify bigger and more coercive government. And I… Read more »

The Punitive Economic Cost of Class-Warfare Taxation

The Punitive Economic Cost of Class-Warfare Taxation

I’ve already shared a bunch of data and evidence on the importance of low tax rates. A review of the academic evidence by the Tax Foundation found overwhelming support for the notion… Read more »

An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

In April of 2013, I introduced a Moocher Hall of Fame to “celebrate” some very odious examples of welfare dependency. Since that time, I keep thinking that it’s time to do something… Read more »

Debunking the Sloppy and Inaccurate Economic Argument for Export Subsidies

Debunking the Sloppy and Inaccurate Economic Argument for Export Subsidies

The Export-Import Bank is noxiously corrupt example of crony capitalism. It never should have been created. But that’s something we could say about most government programs. So the real question is how… Read more »

It Doesn’t Seem Possible, but France Is Going from Bad to Worse

It Doesn’t Seem Possible, but France Is Going from Bad to Worse

Remember when Paul Krugman warned that there was a plot against France? He asserted that critics wanted to undermine the great success of France’s social model. I agreed with Krugman, at… Read more »

Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

I’m in Australia for Consilium, an annual conference which is hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies. I spoke on fiscal policy and pontificated on the need for nations to restrain government… Read more »