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Hillary’s Grave-Robber Tax Hike

What’s the worst possible tax hike, the one that would do the most economic damage? Raising income tax rates is never a good idea, and there’s powerful evidence from the 1980s about how upper-income taxpayers have considerable ability to change their behavior in response to changes in incentives. But if you want to know the […]

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Trevor Noah Does a Facepalm by Accidentally Debunking the Obama-Clinton Mantra on Gun Control

I like when leftists accidentally make the case for limited government. The IMF, for instance, accidentally put together some solid evidence showing that a value-added tax is a money machine for bigger government. A story in the New York Times, meanwhile, accidentally showed that politicians will hike taxes if they’re not constrained by tax competition. […]

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More Predatory and Corrupt Behavior by Politicians

Here’s an interesting issue to ponder. Is corruption rampant in government because the perverse incentive structure of politics turns good people into bad people? Or do bad people naturally gravitate to government and politics because it’s the easiest (and legal, though generally immoral) way to take money from other people? I guess this is like […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Create More Poverty and Dependency

Because of my disdain for the two statists that were nominated by the Republicans and Democrats, I’m trying to ignore the election. But every so often, something gets said or written that cries out for analysis. Today is one of those days. Hillary Clinton has an editorial in the New York Times entitled “My Plan […]

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The Unsung Economic Success Story of New Zealand

When writing a few days ago about the newly updated numbers from Economic Freedom of the World, I mentioned in passing that New Zealand deserves praise “for big reforms in the right direction.” And when I say big reforms, this isn’t exaggeration or puffery. Back in 1975, New Zealand’s score from EFW was only 5.60. […]

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Putting the #NeverTrump Syndrome on the Couch

On closer inspection, it appears that NeverTrumpism is more than just a vanity built on elitism and status protection. It’s not unlike that choice between comfort and gut-check …

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