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The Moochers and Looters in France Are Running Out of Victims

The Moochers and Looters in France Are Running Out of Victims

The late, great Margaret Thatcher famously said that “Socialist governments…always run out of other people’s money” and “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” is an iconic line… Read more »

Stop the Presses, Europe’s Doing the Right Thing on Failed Banks!

Stop the Presses, Europe’s Doing the Right Thing on Failed Banks!

The European Union has basically made the right decision on how to deal with insolvent banks. Here are some details from the EU Observer. Bank shareholders and creditors will be… Read more »

Europe’s Politicians Learned the Wrong Lesson from Saint Augustine

Europe’s Politicians Learned the Wrong Lesson from Saint Augustine

In my never-ending crusade to push for the right kind of austerity, I appeared on RT to pontificate on the merits of limited government. We got to cover a lot… Read more »

What’s the Better Role Model, France or Switzerland?

What’s the Better Role Model, France or Switzerland?

At the European Resource Bank conference earlier this month, Pierre Bessard from Switzerland’s Institut Liberal spoke on a panel investigating “The Link between the Weight of the State and Economic prosperity.”… Read more »

Siding with the Heritage Foundation in the “Austerity” Fight with Paul Krugman and the Washington Post

Siding with the Heritage Foundation in the “Austerity” Fight with Paul Krugman and the Washington Post

I’m not reluctant to criticize my friends at the Heritage Foundation. In some cases, it is good-natured ribbing because of the Cato-Heritage softball rivalry, but there are also real policy… Read more »

Defending Tax Havens

Defending Tax Havens

It goes without saying that I’m always ready to defend tax havens when statists are seeking to undermine tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty. So when the BBC asked… Read more »

Let’s Hope for Heavy Casualties on Both Sides in the War Between the IMF and European Commission

Let’s Hope for Heavy Casualties on Both Sides in the War Between the IMF and European Commission

It is reported that Henry Kissinger, commenting on the Iran-Iraq war, said something to the effect that, “Too bad both sides can’t lose.” I imagine lots of people felt the… Read more »

Discussing Europe’s Faux Austerity with John Stossel

Discussing Europe’s Faux Austerity with John Stossel

I want a smaller burden of government spending, so you can only imagine how frustrating it is for me to observe the fight in Europe. On one side of the… Read more »

Following in Geithner’s Footsteps, Treasury Secretary Lew Urges Bad Fiscal Policy in other Nations

Following in Geithner’s Footsteps, Treasury Secretary Lew Urges Bad Fiscal Policy in other Nations

Political insiders remember Tim Geithner for his role in promoting the bailout culture and crony capitalism in Washington. Comedians remember him for the laughable hypocrisy of urging higher taxes for… Read more »

Huge Value-Added Tax Increases in Europe Show Why Washington Politicians Should Never Be Given a New Source of Tax Revenue

Huge Value-Added Tax Increases in Europe Show Why Washington Politicians Should Never Be Given a New Source of Tax Revenue

The most important, powerful, and relevant argument against the value-added tax in the short run is that we can balance the budget in just five years by capping spending so… Read more »