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The Corrupt, Dishonest, Venal, Despicable IRS

The Corrupt, Dishonest, Venal, Despicable IRS

Some statements are so lame that they now serve only as punch lines. Nobody, after all, would ever claim to a teacher that “the dog ate my homework.” Moreover, surely… Read more »

Paul Martin: The Bill Clinton of Canada, Only Much Better

Paul Martin: The Bill Clinton of Canada, Only Much Better

Imagine how weird it would be if the Cato Institute and Americans for Tax Reform praised Barack Obama for fiscal responsibility. And think how inconceivable it would be for the… Read more »

Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

Another Great Moment in Government-Manufactured Human Rights

As part of my “great moments” in government series, I periodically share stories about really foolish regulations and really wasteful spending. And sometimes I’ll even have a story that combines dumb regulation and… Read more »

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

More Evidence for the Laffer Curve and Lower Corporate Tax Rates

When the new Tory-led government came to power in the United Kingdom, I was rather unimpressed. David Cameron positioned himself as a British version of George W. Bush, full of “compassionate… Read more »

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Spending Restraint Is Good Short-Run Policy and Good Long-Run Policy

Regular readers know that good fiscal policy takes place when government spending grows slower than the private economy. Nations that maintain this Golden Rule for extended periods of time shrink the relative burden… Read more »

Linear Thinking and the Rahn Curve: Responding to a Critic

Linear Thinking and the Rahn Curve: Responding to a Critic

There’s an old saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. That may be true if you’re in Hollywood and visibility is a key to long-run earnings. But in the world… Read more »

Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a strange joke, but it’s actually because we’re covering three issues today. Our first topic is corporate taxation. More specifically,… Read more »

More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

From a macro perspective, the most distressing aspect of America’s education system is that taxpayers spend a lot of money (more than any other people in the world, on a… Read more »

Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Our leftist friends have decided that income inequality is a scourge that must be addressed. That might be a noble goal if they were motivated by a desire to improve the lives… Read more »

The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class

The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class

Why are so many people upset that the Obama White House keeps arbitrarily changing parts of Obamacare – even when bad provisions are being suspendedor certain groups are being exempted from bad policy? Well,… Read more »