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When Government Acts, Unintended Consequences Follow

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/24/2017
When pundits say there might be "unintended consequences" of government intervention, they are usually greatly understating the situation.

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Justice and "Social Justice" Are Two Very Different Things

Taxes and SpendingPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog02/23/2017
There's no way to square the coercive positive rights of “social justice” with the concept of “liberty and justice for all.”

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Why Government Spending Matters More than the Size of the Deficit

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/23/2017
The only meaningful contribution the government can make to people’s living standards is by focusing on a reduction in government spending.

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Four Agencies to Abolish along with the Dept. of Education

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/23/2017
Cabinet-level departments enjoy more political prestige than other agencies. Getting rid of them is first step in cutting back federal spending.

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Our Huge Hidden Tax: Government Regulations

Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog02/19/2017
Eliminating government regulations is as critical as tax relief in turning the US economy around.

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Updating Robert Higgs's "Gross Domestic Private Product"

Booms and BustsTaxes and SpendingBusiness Cycles

Blog02/17/2017
Although once controversial, government purchases are now included in GDP measurements. But, it may be still useful to remove these purchases from GDP.

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Healthcare: Government — Not Technology — Is Driving Prices Up

HealthTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/15/2017
Technology by itself isn't what's making health care so expensive. A more likely cause is government intervention through welfare and regulation.

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That Troublesome 2009 Budget

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/15/2017
The 2009 fiscal year was a big year for huge increases in federal spending. Unfortunately, it was a bipartisan effort.

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The Goal of Socialists Is Socialism — Not Prosperity

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/13/2017
Some claim that if socialists understood economics they wouldn't be socialists. This is doubtful since the larger motivation is often political control.

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Who Will Be Blamed if the Oroville Dam Fails?

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/13/2017
California politicos lied about the cost of the failing Oroville dam, then failed to maintain it properly. But, government will likely escape all blame.

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