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Herbert Hoover’s Anti-Market Policies Helped Turn an Economic Downturn into a Great Depression

Herbert Hoover’s Anti-Market Policies Helped Turn an Economic Downturn into a Great Depression

There have been many truly awful presidents elected in the United States, but if I had to pick my least favorite, I might choose Herbert Hoover. I obviously have disdain… Read more »

America Should Export a Belief in the Free Market, Not Cronyism

America Should Export a Belief in the Free Market, Not Cronyism

Numerous arguments have been made here in opposition to re-authorization of the Export-Import bank. But perhaps the most fundamental is that America ought to lead by example when it comes… Read more »

The Alimentary Canal Version of Great Moments in Government

The Alimentary Canal Version of Great Moments in Government

When I started writing about public policy, I never realized that …um…human waste would be a frequent topic. *But we examined (not too closely!) the story of a Postal Service… Read more »

The Amazing Hockey Stick of Economic Progress

The Amazing Hockey Stick of Economic Progress

Back in 2010, I shared a remarkable chart showing how quickly economic output doubles in a fast-growth economy, but it also showed how long it takes for GDP to expand if an… Read more »

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 »