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Halloween Political Humor…and Updated House and Senate Election Predictions

It’s time to extend the tradition of sharing politics-related Halloween humor on October 31. Though this is only my fourth year, so maybe it’s not quite a tradition yet. Nonetheless, we’ve had some good material. There were two Halloween posts in 2011, including a cartoon about what happens when kids trick-or-treat at a statist’s house, […]

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Does Jeb Bush’s Support for Higher Taxes Make Him more Fiscally Conservative than Paul Ryan?

Since I criticized Paul Ryan’s Roadmap budget plan yesterday as part of my column against the value-added tax, I now feel obliged to defend the proposal in one important respect. But first, some background. In a recent piece for the American Enterprise Institute, James Pethokoukis applauded former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for being willing to […]

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Are Well-Meaning but Misguided Conservatives Being Seduced by the Value-Added Tax?

Libertarians are sometimes accused of being unrealistic and impractical because we occasionally talk about unconventional ideas such as competitive currencies and privatized roads. But having a vision of a free society doesn’t mean we’re incapable of common-sense political calculations. For example, my long-run goal is to dramatically shrink the size and scope of the federal […]

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Another Edition of “I Can’t Believe Hillary Clinton Actually Said That”

I wouldn’t be too upset about Hillary Clinton winning the White House in 2016, but only if I somehow could be assured that we would get the kind of policies we got when her husband was President. After all, economic freedom increased during the 1990s, largely because of a smaller burden of government spending and […]

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Has Italy Passed the Point of No Return for Statism and Big Government?

The world is a laboratory, with lots of experiments to see if a nation can prosper with big government and pervasive intervention. The results are not encouraging. I’ve written about France being a basket case, over and over again. And I am equally pessimistic about Greece because the moochers and looters outnumber productive people in […]

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Another Example of Government Thuggery – and another Reason Why Decent and Moral People Are Libertarians

I don’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom. That’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve innocent people being […]

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    The Conservative Feminist Show – Halloween-style!: By Liz Harrison It’s Halloween, so maybe Liz, Missy and Moriah will show up dressed up like liberals! Ok maybe not! But, they will be talking about more of those crazy chicks that think that …read more Via:: The Conservative Feminist Show...
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