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The Lesson We Should Learn from the Fort Hood Shooting

The Lesson We Should Learn from the Fort Hood Shooting

One of the best ways of reducing crime is to make anti-social behavior more expensive. Simply stated, the goal is to alter the cost-benefit analysis of criminals. This doesn’t mean,… Read more »

The Golden Rule of Spending Restraint

The Golden Rule of Spending Restraint

My tireless (and probably annoying) campaign to promote my Golden Rule of spending restraint is bearing fruit. The good folks at the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal allowed me to explain the… Read more »

The Obama Administration Engages in Contortions to Claim that Obamacare Is a Success

The Obama Administration Engages in Contortions to Claim that Obamacare Is a Success

I’ve observed, reported, mocked, written, and explained that Obamacare is a cluster-you-know-what. So I’m rather bemused and frustrated by the latest pro-Obamacare spin that the law is a “success” because there are now 7 million people… Read more »

From Wyoming to New York: America’s Best and Worst States for Tax

From Wyoming to New York: America’s Best and Worst States for Tax

Last August, I shared a fascinating map from the Tax Foundation. It showed which states have chased away taxable income and which ones have attracted more taxpayers (along with their taxable income). In… Read more »

Support the VAT…if You Oppose Entitlement Reform and Want More spending and More Debt

Support the VAT…if You Oppose Entitlement Reform and Want More spending and More Debt

I’m a supporter of a single-rate tax regime, especially if there’s no double taxation of income that is saved and invested. That’s why I like the flat tax. But I’ve expressed concern about the… Read more »

Moral Corruption at the OECD: Using Dishonesty to Advance the Statist Agenda

Moral Corruption at the OECD: Using Dishonesty to Advance the Statist Agenda

I’m frequently baffled at the stupidity of Republicans. When they took control of Congress back in 1994, for instance, they had unrestricted ability to get rid of the bureaucrats that generated bad economic analysis… Read more »

Is France about to Change Course?

Is France about to Change Course?

Greetings from Obamaland! Actually, that’s wrong in two respects. First, I’m actually in France. And even though I’ve joked that Obama wants to make America like France, technical accuracy requires me… Read more »

Assessing the New Ryan Budget

Assessing the New Ryan Budget

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has unveiled the GOP’s latest budget plan. Is this proposal deserving of applause or criticism? The answer is yes and… Read more »

Is Government Debt a Problem?

Is Government Debt a Problem?

Based on what’s happened in Greece and other European nations, we know from real-world evidence that even nations from the developed world can spendthemselves into debt trouble. This has led to research… Read more »

Great Moments in Prohibition and the Drug War

Great Moments in Prohibition and the Drug War

Even though I’m personally a prude on the issue of drugs, that doesn’t stop me from opposing the Drug War, both for moral and practical reasons. After all, how can any… Read more »