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Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

As part of my “great moments” in government series, I periodically share stories about really foolish regulations and really wasteful spending. And sometimes I’ll even have a story that combines dumb regulation and… Read more »

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

When the new Tory-led government came to power in the United Kingdom, I was rather unimpressed. David Cameron positioned himself as a British version of George W. Bush, full of “compassionate… Read more »

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Regular readers know that good fiscal policy takes place when government spending grows slower than the private economy. Nations that maintain this Golden Rule for extended periods of time shrink the relative burden… Read more »

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 »

More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

From a macro perspective, the most distressing aspect of America’s education system is that taxpayers spend a lot of money (more than any other people in the world, on a… Read more »

Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Our leftist friends have decided that income inequality is a scourge that must be addressed. That might be a noble goal if they were motivated by a desire to improve the lives… Read more »

The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class

The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class

Why are so many people upset that the Obama White House keeps arbitrarily changing parts of Obamacare – even when bad provisions are being suspendedor certain groups are being exempted from bad policy? Well,… 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 »

Be Thankful for Capitalism and Rich Entrepreneurs

Be Thankful for Capitalism and Rich Entrepreneurs

In previous columns, I’ve explained why a wealth tax is a very bad idea. And I’ve also pontificated on why leftists are wrong to pursue policies of coerced equality. So it goes without saying that I’m… Read more »