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To Deal with the Problem of Incompetent Government, David Brooks Wants to…Make the Executive Branch More Powerful?!?

To Deal with the Problem of Incompetent Government, David Brooks Wants to…Make the Executive Branch More Powerful?!?

I sometimes get irked when I read columns by David Brooks. He’s sort of the token Republican at the New York Times, so he has a very important perch that… Read more »

Block Granting and Decentralization: The Sensible Way of Reducing Rampant Medicaid Fraud

Block Granting and Decentralization: The Sensible Way of Reducing Rampant Medicaid Fraud

When you work in Washington (and assuming you haven’t been corrupted), you run the risk of being endlessly outraged about all the waste. But not all waste is created equal…. Read more »

The Most Pro-Capitalism Place to Live in North America Is…

The Most Pro-Capitalism Place to Live in North America Is…

Back in February, I said Australia probably was the country most likely to survive and prosper as much of the world suffered fiscal collapse and social chaos. In hindsight, I… Read more »

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Replaces Real Spending Restraint of Sequester with Budget Gimmicks and Back-Door Tax Hikes

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Replaces Real Spending Restraint of Sequester with Budget Gimmicks and Back-Door Tax Hikes

How Disappointing, but how predictable. Politicians approved legislation in 2011 that was supposed to impose a modest bit of spending restraint over the next 10 years. It wasn’t much. The… Read more »

More Great Moments in Government Schooling

More Great Moments in Government Schooling

The government’s monopoly education system is a travesty mostly because taxpayers spend record amounts of money and we get very poor results. But I’m also irked at the way government… Read more »

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 »