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Corporate Welfare: Can Republicans Kick the Habit?

Corporate Welfare: Can Republicans Kick the Habit?

I periodically try to explain that there’s a big difference between being pro-market and pro-business. Simply stated, policy makers shouldn’t try to penalize businesses with taxes,mandates, and regulations. But neither should politicians seek to… Read more »

Financed by American Tax Dollars, the OECD Endorses Obama’s Statist Agenda for the U.S. Economy

Financed by American Tax Dollars, the OECD Endorses Obama’s Statist Agenda for the U.S. Economy

I hate to sound like a broken record, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is once again pushing for bigger and more intrusive in the United States…. Read more »

The Simple Lesson We Should Learn from Global Economics

The Simple Lesson We Should Learn from Global Economics

I very rarely feel sorry for statists. After all, these are the people who think that their feelings of envy and inadequacy justify bigger and more coercive government. And I… Read more »

It Doesn’t Seem Possible, but France Is Going from Bad to Worse

It Doesn’t Seem Possible, but France Is Going from Bad to Worse

Remember when Paul Krugman warned that there was a plot against France? He asserted that critics wanted to undermine the great success of France’s social model. I agreed with Krugman, at… Read more »

The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?

The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?

I’ve shared horror stories about government thuggery and I’ve shared horror stories about government stupidity. Thanks to Mark Steyn, we have a story that exemplifies both the brain-dead nature of the public sector… Read more »

Deconstructing the Initiative-Sapping, Taxpayer-Abusing Welfare State

Deconstructing the Initiative-Sapping, Taxpayer-Abusing Welfare State

I’ve written many times about America’s looming fiscal collapse, and I’ve also pontificated about America’s costly and failed welfare state. I even have speculated about when America reaches a tipping point, with too many people riding in… Read more »

The Economic Future of China and Hong Kong

The Economic Future of China and Hong Kong

I’m currently in Asia, where I just finished a series of speeches about economic policy in China and Hong Kong. These two jurisdictions offer very powerful lessons about the importance… Read more »

Immorality and the Redistributive State

Immorality and the Redistributive State

Back in 2012, I shared a sadly amusing image about how the modern political process has degenerated into two wolves and a sheep voting what to have for lunch. I was making… Read more »

The Left Was Wrong about Unemployment Insurance

The Left Was Wrong about Unemployment Insurance

Over the past several years, I’ve repeatedly argued that you get more unemployment when the government pays people to be unemployed. But I’m not just relying on theory. I’ve cited both anecdotes and empirical research to… Read more »

The Amazing Hockey Stick of Economic Progress

The Amazing Hockey Stick of Economic Progress

Back in 2010, I shared a remarkable chart showing how quickly economic output doubles in a fast-growth economy, but it also showed how long it takes for GDP to expand if an… Read more »