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Atlas Is Shrugging in Greece and Venezuela: Two Case Studies of Statist Failure

Over the years, I’ve had many arguments about economic policy with my statist friends. I put them into three categories. The completely unreasonable statists blindly assert, notwithstanding all the evidence around the world, that bigger government and more intervention are actually good for growth. The somewhat unreasonable statists acknowledge that bigger government and more intervention […]

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Did EPA Put a Part of Texas Under Water With Weather Manipulation?

Only one question needs to be asked of the EPA… …by Gov Greg Abbot, former Governor Rick Perry, or any of the Texas congressional delegation including Ted Cruz and Louis Gohmert. First, a history of the Lie. Amidst increasing FOIA requests and public complaints, toward the end of the ClintonRead More

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Amazing Admission from New York Times Columnist on How Feminist Economic Policies Hurt Women

When I write about columns in the New York Times, I’m normally pointing out silly examples of bias or exposing absurd mistakes (with Paul Krugman deserving his own special category for sloppiness, as seen here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). But every so often, there’s an insightful piece that is worth […]

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Last call in merrie olde England

You know, I look back over a fairly full life, No, I’m not (God willing) going to die anytime soon but, I am arguably on the downhill side, and I seem to see a society going to hell in a handbasket all over the place. Why? I wonder if we haven’t infantilized it so much […]

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Famous Common People I Have Known, a book of Essays by Vassar Bushmills

I’ve just published a book of essays about the common man and the Constitution at Amazon.com. for their Kindle readers. You can see it here,  over 340 pages, over 40 short chapters, all pertaining to the Constitutional blueprint, and the debt we owe to the shoulders we all stand on.Read More

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Balanced Budget Requirements Don’t Work as Well as Spending Limits

When I first came to Washington back in the 1980s, there was near-universal support and enthusiasm for a balanced budget amendment among advocates of limited government. The support is still there, I’m guessing, but the enthusiasm is not nearly as intense. There are three reasons for this drop. Political reality – There is zero chance […]

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