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Kelm-Helgen’s arrogance showing

When the Strib first reported that the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority, aka MSFA, had used 2 suites at the Vikings new stadium to entertain family members and DFL political allies, Minnesotans were rightfully outraged. According to this article, that outrage hasn’t diminished much, if at all. I’m sure, though, that Minnesotans will sleep easier knowing […]

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Obama Dismal but Forgettable Legacy

President Obama gave his farewell speech last night, orating for more than 50 minutes. As noted by the Washington Examiner, his remarks were “longer than the good-bye speeches of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.” But this wasn’t because he had a lengthy list of accomplishments. Unless, of course, you count the […]

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The Negative Macroeconomic Impact of Overpaid Bureaucrats

Last year, I shared some remarkable research from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development about the negative relationship between government spending and economic performance. The economists at the Paris-based bureaucracy looked at data from its member nations (primarily Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim), discovered that the countries with bigger government experienced less […]

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Help Veterans by Abolishing the Veterans Administration

With Christmas approaching, people are putting together their lists for Santa Claus. I’m not sure I’ll find any of these things under my tree, but here’s what I want. Get rid of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Shut down the Department of Agriculture. Eliminate the Department of Transportation. Abolish the Department of Education. […]

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More Tax Dollars for Government Schools ≠ Better Education

While I have great fondness for some of the visuals I’ve created over the years (especially “two wagons” and “apple harvesting“), I confess that none of my creations have ever been as clear and convincing as the iconic graph on education spending and education outcomes created by the late Andrew Coulson. I can’t imagine anyone […]

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The Lavish Life of Overcompensated Bureaucrats

Yesterday I shared some very good news about Brazil adopting a spending cap. Today, I also want to share some good news, though it’s not nearly as momentous. Indeed, it’s not even good news. Instead, it’s just that some bad news isn’t as bad as it used to be. I’m referring to the fact that […]

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