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A Futile Economics Lesson for France’s Politicians

A Futile Economics Lesson for France’s Politicians

I realize this is about as productive as talking to a brick wall, but I’m going to explain some basic economics to statist French policymakers (oops, pardon the redundancy). This… Read more »

Spain’s New Government Has Already Betrayed Taxpayers

Spain’s New Government Has Already Betrayed Taxpayers

Late last year, Spanish voters kicked out a socialist government and elected a new government led by the supposedly conservative People’s Party. Is that translating into smaller government and more… Read more »

The Long-Awaited Dan Mitchell 2012 Predictions

The Long-Awaited Dan Mitchell 2012 Predictions

Last January, I identified five things that worried me for 2011. Here’s what had me concerned, along with some ex post facto analysis about whether I was right to fret:… Read more »

An In-Your-Face Smackdown of Europe’s Bureaucratic Empire

An In-Your-Face Smackdown of Europe’s Bureaucratic Empire

I’m not a big fan of the European bureaucracy. Indeed, I was semi-serious when I stated that Brussels was the “most statist place on the planet.” Which is why I… Read more »

European Fiscal Agreements Show that Balanced Budget Rules Mean Higher Taxes, not Smaller Government

European Fiscal Agreements Show that Balanced Budget Rules Mean Higher Taxes, not Smaller Government

I have many frustrations in my life, and near the top of the list is the conservative fixation about balancing the budget. This view is very misguided. Red ink isn’t… Read more »

Der Führer Ist Nicht Happy about the Downgrade

Der Führer Ist Nicht Happy about the Downgrade

I’ve written a couple of serious posts about the European fiscal crisis, including an explanation of how the problem could be solved and one about the importance of gun ownership… Read more »

European Central Bank Research Shows that Government Spending Undermines Economic Performance

European Central Bank Research Shows that Government Spending Undermines Economic Performance

Europe is in the midst of a fiscal crisis caused by too much government spending, yet many of the continent’s politicians want the European Central Bank to purchase the dodgy… Read more »

Europe’s Clueless Politicians Are So Incompetent that They Can’t Even Figure Out How to Do the Wrong Thing

Europe’s Clueless Politicians Are So Incompetent that They Can’t Even Figure Out How to Do the Wrong Thing

There’s always been a simple and desirable solution to Europe’s fiscal crisis, but nobody in Europe wants to do the right thing because it means admitting the failure of big… Read more »

Amusing Cartoon Asks Whether American Taxpayers Should Bail Out Europe’s Welfare States

Amusing Cartoon Asks Whether American Taxpayers Should Bail Out Europe’s Welfare States

There’s a rather simple solution to Europe’s fiscal crisis, but politicians will never do the right thing unless every other option is exhausted. That’s why American taxpayers should not be… Read more »

The Italian Version of Great Moments in Government Incompetence

The Italian Version of Great Moments in Government Incompetence

I periodically write posts about “Great Moments” in government. These usually feature some absurd example of stupidity and incompetence that only is possible when the world’s least competent people have… Read more »