I’m not a fan of federal bureaucracies and I don’t like the undeserved wealth of the Washington, DC metro region. So I’m very open to ideas that would address these problems. Paul Kupiec of the American Enterprise Institute suggests, in a thought-provoking column in the Wall Street Journal, that one possible solution would be to […]
Continue reading A Libertarian Quandary: Should Federal Bureaucracies Be Moved to the Hinterland?
Last month, I explained that America’s fiscal problems are almost entirely the result of domestic spending programs, particularly entitlements. Some critics immediately decided this meant I favored a blank check for the Pentagon, even though I specifically stated that “I’m very sympathetic to the proposition that trillions of dollars that have been misspent on foreign […]
Continue reading Great Moments in Pentagon Incompetence and Waste
I have a very consistent view of victimless crimes. I don’t approve of drugs and I’ve never used drugs, but I think the social harm of prohibition is greater than the social harm of legalization. I don’t particularly like alcohol and I am almost a teetotaler, but I’m glad there’s now a consensus that the […]
Continue reading Government, Cronyism, and the Gambling Industry
Can you identify the nation with the world’s 7th-friendliest tax system according to the Index of Economic Freedom? Don’t know the answer? Well, here’s a hint. If you don’t count Middle Eastern nations that finance their governments with oil money, this is the nation that is in second place, behind only the Bahamas. Still don’t […]
Continue reading Decision Time in the South Pacific: Income Tax or Mitchell’s Golden Rule?
President-Elect Trump has picked Ben Carson as his Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which immediately produced two thoughts. First, since he had the best tax plan of all the 2016 candidates, too bad he wasn’t named Secretary of Treasury. Second, I hope his job at HUD is to shut down […]
Continue reading Shut Down the Department of Energy, Yesterday if Possible
So hear me! Hear Me, Rush Limbaugh. Rush once said that the media cannot destroy what it did not create, and it did not create …
Continue reading Neither the Media Nor the Left can Delegitimize Donald Trump’s Win. Period