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Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

When I wrote recently that the IRS was corrupt, venal, and despicable, I didn’t realize that I was bending over backwards to be overly nice. Every new revelation in the scandal shows… Read more »

The Hidden Economic Damage of Obamacare

The Hidden Economic Damage of Obamacare

Obamacare resulted in big increases in the fiscal burden of government(ironically, it would be even worse if Obama hadn’t unilaterally suspended parts of the law). The legislation increased government spending, mostly for expanded Medicaidand… Read more »

A 2016 Preview? Rand Paul vs Hillary Clinton on Taxes

A 2016 Preview? Rand Paul vs Hillary Clinton on Taxes

I wrote a post several years ago contrasting a good initiative by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and a statist proposal by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. There was no connection… Read more »

Obama Shouldn’t Limit Higher Education Choices

Obama Shouldn’t Limit Higher Education Choices

The Obama administration has consistently sought to eliminate education choices and reduce opportunities, particular for the poor. The president has repeatedly tried to eliminate funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship… Read more »

Good – and Very Bad – Developments in Global Tax Policy

Good – and Very Bad – Developments in Global Tax Policy

With occasional exceptions such as Switzerland and Estonia, there’s rarely good news from Europe. At least with regards to fiscal policy. But maybe there’s a bit of sense on the Iberian Peninsula. I reported… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know about Government Bureaucracy

Everything You Need to Know about Government Bureaucracy

Since I’ve already created a Moocher Hall of Fame to acknowledge the strangest and most reprehensible examples of government dependency, it’s occurred to me that there also should be a Bureaucrat Hall… Read more »

Obama’s Accidental Brush with Libertarian Foreign Policy

Obama’s Accidental Brush with Libertarian Foreign Policy

One of the many challenges of being libertarian is that people sometimes think you’re naive about foreign policy (sort of like the first entry in this 24-part satirical collage of libertarians). In… Read more »

Subsidized Statism: Americans Are Paying IMF and OECD Bureaucrats so They Can Agitate for Obama’s Agenda

Subsidized Statism: Americans Are Paying IMF and OECD Bureaucrats so They Can Agitate for Obama’s Agenda

If some special-interest lobbies give money so that a left-wing group can propose something like a value-added tax to finance bigger government, that’s no surprise. And if a bunch of subsidy recipients… Read more »

Bill and Hillary Hypocrisy Alert

Bill and Hillary Hypocrisy Alert

I actually have a perverse fondness for Bill Clinton. This is both because we got better policy while he was President (whether he deserves credit is a separate question) and because he… Read more »

Obama-Style Taxation Is Causing an Economic Train Wreck in Europe

Obama-Style Taxation Is Causing an Economic Train Wreck in Europe

I wrote the other day that Americans, regardless of all the bad policy we get from Washington, should be thankful we’re not stuck in a hellhole like Venezuela. But we also should… Read more »