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Why Did Western Nations Continue to Prosper in the 20th Century even though Fiscal Burdens Increased?

Why Did Western Nations Continue to Prosper in the 20th Century even though Fiscal Burdens Increased?

In the pre-World War I era, the fiscal burden of government was very modest in North America and Western Europe. Total government spending consumed only about 10 percent of economic output, most… Read more »

The Left’s Pro-Single Payer Health Care Graphic: Right Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription

The Left’s Pro-Single Payer Health Care Graphic: Right Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription

The new leftist website, Vox, has an article by Sarah Kliff on Vermont’s experiment with a single-payer healthcare system. But I don’t really have much to say about what’s happening in the… Read more »

Member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Admits White House 77 Cents Pay Gap Claim Is Bogus

Member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Admits White House 77 Cents Pay Gap Claim Is Bogus

President Obama and many other leftist politicians are running around the nation claiming that supposedly greedy employers are deliberately choosing to reduce their profits. They’re not actually making that specific… Read more »

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 »