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Crocodile Tears for the IRS

I can’t help but wonder whether the song made famous by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas should be the theme song for the Internal Revenue Service. After all, that bureaucracy is “as cuddly as a cactus” and “as charming as an eel.” And it appears that having “the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile” is not […]

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‘Tis the Season…to be Thankful for an “Unproductive” Congress

Two years ago, I jumped on USA Today for stating that the 112th Congress was the “least productive” since the end of World War II. My argument was very straightforward. It’s better to have no legislation than bad legislation. Here’s some of what I wrote about USA Today’s hypothesis. …it does blindly assume that it […]

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The Best-Ever Argument for Federalism

I’m a big fan of federalism for both policy and political reasons. Returning programs to the states is the best way of dealing with counterproductive income-redistribution policies such as welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps. Federalism is also the right way of unwinding bad education schemes like Obama’s Common Core and Bush’s No Bureaucrat Left Behind. […]

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A Practical (and Semi-Optimistic) Plan to Tame the Federal Leviathan

Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, I’m prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at what’s been happening in our lifetimes. New entitlement programs, adopted by politicians from all parties, are further adding to the long-run spending crisis. The federal budget has become much bigger, luring millions […]

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Good News on Young People and Gun Control

I periodically share polling data on issues ranging from which nations most support capitalism to the degree to which government is a leading cause of stress. Or how about the poll of Americans on the best and worst Presidents since World War II, or the survey data on what share of government spending is wasted. […]

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The Case Against the IRS and the “Progressive” Income Tax

Genuine tax reform would be the second-best fiscal policy reform to boost economic growth.* With a simple and fair tax system, we could get rid of high tax rates that penalize productive behavior. We could eliminate the double taxation that discourages saving and investment. And we could wipe out the rat’s nest of deductions, credits, […]

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