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The War on Poverty Has Been a Disaster for Taxpayers…and for Poor People

The War on Poverty Has Been a Disaster for Taxpayers…and for Poor People

I’ve shared many charts over the years, but two of the most compelling ones deal with poverty. The numbers in this chart, which are based on Census Bureau data and scholarly… Read more »

Welfare Fraud Is another Reason to Replace the IRS with a Flat Tax

Welfare Fraud Is another Reason to Replace the IRS with a Flat Tax

One of my missions in life is fundamental tax reform. I would like to replace the corrupt internal revenue code with a simple and fair flat tax. Though what I… Read more »

The Perverse Economics of Obamacare: Earn Less, Get More

The Perverse Economics of Obamacare: Earn Less, Get More

Obamacare was put together by people who don’t understand economics. This is probably the understatement of the year since I could be referring to many features of the bad law…. Read more »

Even Scandinavian Welfare States Realize Too Much Dependency and Too Many Handouts Are Destructive

Even Scandinavian Welfare States Realize Too Much Dependency and Too Many Handouts Are Destructive

We’re making a tiny bit of progress in the battle against the welfare state. No, policy hasn’t changed yet, but at least there’s growing recognition that maybe, just maybe, it’s… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which States Provide the Most Handouts of All?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which States Provide the Most Handouts of All?

About two years ago, I shared a map put together by a pro-statism organization that supposedly showed that welfare benefits were very miserly and not sufficiently generous to lift people… Read more »

Left-Wing Nursery Rhymes

Left-Wing Nursery Rhymes

I’ve already shared the statist version of the fairy tale about The Little Red Hen. And I’ve also shared the Obama version of the fable about The Ant and the… Read more »

Which State Has the Most Self-Reliant People?

Which State Has the Most Self-Reliant People?

Back in 2010, I put together a “Moocher Index” as a rough measure of which states had the highest levels of welfare dependency after adjusting for poverty rates. My goal… Read more »

How the Welfare State Erodes Social Capital, as Illustrated by a Chuck Asay Cartoon

How the Welfare State Erodes Social Capital, as Illustrated by a Chuck Asay Cartoon

I’m a big fan of Chuck Asay’s political cartoons. My favorite is his nothing-left-to-steal masterpiece. And his tractor cartoon and his regime-uncertainty cartoon are brilliant indictments of Obamanomics. Here’s another classic…. Read more »

Another Horrifying and Depressing Look at the Human Cost of the Welfare State

Another Horrifying and Depressing Look at the Human Cost of the Welfare State

When we think of Julia, the mythical moocher created by the Obama campaign, our first instinct is probably to grab our wallets and purses. After all, she symbolizes the entitlement… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which State Has the Highest Food Stamp Usage of All?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which State Has the Highest Food Stamp Usage of All?

The food stamp program seems to be a breeding ground of waste, fraud, and abuse. Some of the horror stories I’ve shared include: Using food stamps to buy luxury coffee… Read more »