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Say It Ain’t So, Doug! Holtz-Eakin’s Misguided Defense of the Export-Import Bank

Say It Ain’t So, Doug! Holtz-Eakin’s Misguided Defense of the Export-Import Bank

Former CBO Director and now American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a solid economist and champion of pro-growth tax policy. But no one is perfect, as illustrated in this… Read more »

Four Great Moments in Foreign Government Stupidity

Four Great Moments in Foreign Government Stupidity

While I mostly focus on bad government policy in the United States, I also think we can learn lessons from what’s happening in other nations. In some cases, I share… Read more »

Mocking Politicians and Government

Mocking Politicians and Government

Regular readers know that I like to mock big government and the hacks who are drawn to politics. This explains why I’ve always enjoyed cartoons that portray the state as… Read more »

Sensible Swiss Voters Crush Proposed Minimum Wage Mandate

Sensible Swiss Voters Crush Proposed Minimum Wage Mandate

I’m beginning to think that people from some nations are smarter and more rational than others. That may explain, for instance, why voters in Estonia support fiscal restraintwhile voters in France foolishly… Read more »

Obamacare Could Cause Two Million additional Adults to Leave Labor Force and Become Trapped in Government Dependency

Obamacare Could Cause Two Million additional Adults to Leave Labor Force and Become Trapped in Government Dependency

What’s the worst economic development during Obama’s reign? Some would say it’s the higher tax burden. Some would say it’s the wasteful faux stimulus. Others would say it’s the fiscal nightmare of Obamacare…. Read more »

The Right to Proclaim that Guns Save Lives

The Right to Proclaim that Guns Save Lives

I’ve explained on several occasions (here, here, and here) that we can be optimistic about the fight to preserve our rights to keep and bear arms. Simply stated, politicians are increasingly scared to go… Read more »

From No Government to All Government: How Do You Score on the Circle Test?

From No Government to All Government: How Do You Score on the Circle Test?

It’s not as sophisticated as Professor Bryan Caplan’s Purity Quiz and it doesn’t have the simple elegance of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, but at least you don’t need to answer any questions… Read more »

No More Stealing by Government? A Long-Overdue Attack on Asset Forfeiture

No More Stealing by Government? A Long-Overdue Attack on Asset Forfeiture

Since I’m a public finance economist, I realize I’m supposed to focus on big-picture issues such as tax reform and entitlement reform. And I do beat those issues to death, so I obviously… Read more »

Copy Sweden or Greece? Learning from the Global Economic Experiment

Copy Sweden or Greece? Learning from the Global Economic Experiment

While theory is important, I suspect most people are more likely to be convinced by real-world evidence. This is why I frequently compare nations when arguing that free markets and small… Read more »

Free Markets vs. Racism

Free Markets vs. Racism

Although I play basketball (poorly), I’m not a fan of the NBA. As such, I don’t pretend to have much interest in the Donald Sterling controversy. Some people have wondered… Read more »