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Massive Double Taxation Is a Self-Inflicted Tax Injury that Undermines American Competitiveness and Job Creation

Massive Double Taxation Is a Self-Inflicted Tax Injury that Undermines American Competitiveness and Job Creation

Back in the 1960s, Clint Eastwood starred in a movie entitled The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I was thinking that might be a good title for today’s post… Read more »

Progress on the Laffer Curve*

Progress on the Laffer Curve*

The title of this piece has an asterisk because, unfortunately, we’re not talking about progress on the Laffer Curve in the United States. Even Keynes himself accepted this. Like many… Read more »

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 »

Thanks to Obamacare and the IRS, You’re at Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

Thanks to Obamacare and the IRS, You’re at Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

There are many reason I don’t like Obamacare, including its punitive impact on taxpayers and the way it takes our healthcare system even further from a market-based approach. But now… 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 »

The Pope Is Wrong about Capitalism: Free Markets Are Best for the Less Fortunate

The Pope Is Wrong about Capitalism: Free Markets Are Best for the Less Fortunate

Forget the debate over whether Obama is a socialist. Now we’re discussing whether Jesus is for big government. Or, to be more accurate, the Pope has started a debate about… 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 »