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More Academic Evidence that Bigger Government Means Less Prosperity

More Academic Evidence that Bigger Government Means Less Prosperity

My goal in life is very simple. I want to promote freedom and prosperity by limiting the size and scope of government. That seems like a foolish and impossible mission,… Read more »

If You Want Jobs and Growth, Keep in Mind that Obamanomics also Doesn’t Work on the State Level

If You Want Jobs and Growth, Keep in Mind that Obamanomics also Doesn’t Work on the State Level

The Tax Foundation in Washington does some great work on fiscal issues, but I also admire their use of maps when they want to show how various states perform on… Read more »

The Sick Joke of Obama’s Shutdown Strategy

The Sick Joke of Obama’s Shutdown Strategy

Even though it’s an uphill battle, I’m glad there are some lawmakers willing to fight Obamacare. They realize a hard battle today could help save America from genuine fiscal crisis… Read more »

Make-Believe Debt Limit Hysteria from the Political Establishment

Make-Believe Debt Limit Hysteria from the Political Establishment

It appears that the government shutdown, which technically is a battle over annual appropriations legislation for so-called discretionary spending, is going to drag on for a while. The Obama Administration… Read more »

The Shutdown Fight: Can Advocates of Fiscal Responsibility Overcome the Combined Forces of Obama, Lobbyists, and the Media?

The Shutdown Fight: Can Advocates of Fiscal Responsibility Overcome the Combined Forces of Obama, Lobbyists, and the Media?

I’m not overly optimistic about the outcome of the government shutdown fight. In part this is because our system of government, based on separation of powers, means it is very… Read more »

What if We Had a Government Shutdown and Nobody Noticed or Cared?

What if We Had a Government Shutdown and Nobody Noticed or Cared?

What’s the likely outcome of the government shutdown fight? Well, in my libertarian fantasy world, we leave it closed. Or at least we never bother to reopen counterproductive bureaucracies such… Read more »

Maybe the Real Lesson Is that It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins

Maybe the Real Lesson Is that It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins

The politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington are hyperventilating that the federal gravy train may get sidetracked for a day or two by a shutdown fight between Republicans… Read more »

Playing Hardball on a Government Shutdown Is the only Short-Run Way to Make Fiscal Progress

Playing Hardball on a Government Shutdown Is the only Short-Run Way to Make Fiscal Progress

I haven’t written much about the budget fights over a government shutdown, Obamacare, the continuing resolution, and the debt limit for the simple reason that the battles are mostly about… Read more »

Medicare: Recipients Pay for Hamburger, They Get a Hamburger, but Taxpayers Are Being Charged for a Steak

Medicare: Recipients Pay for Hamburger, They Get a Hamburger, but Taxpayers Are Being Charged for a Steak

One of the challenges of good entitlement reform (or even bad entitlement reform) is that recipients think they’ve “earned” benefits. If you tell them that programs such as Medicare are… Read more »

Testifying to the Joint Economic Committee about “Debt Limit Brinksmanship”

Testifying to the Joint Economic Committee about “Debt Limit Brinksmanship”

As we get closer to the debt limit, the big spenders in Washington are becoming increasingly hysterical about the supposed possibility of default if politicians lose the ability to borrow… Read more »