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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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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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Pro-Keynesian Journalist Accidentally Shows that Smaller Government Is Good for Economic Growth

I don’t know if this is a good personality trait or a character flaw, but it always brings a big smile to my face when a leftist tries to argue for bigger government but inadvertently makes an argument in favor of smaller government. Sort of like scoring a goal against your own team in soccer. […]

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In another Episode of Economic Malpractice, the OECD Claims Higher Taxes and More Redistribution Will Boost Growth

While there are plenty of reasons to dislike the World Bank, United Nations, and (especially) the International Monetary Fund, the worst international bureaucracy on a per-dollar spent basis has to be the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD used to be relatively benign by the standards of international bureaucracies, but it has […]

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Debunking the Debunking of Dynamic Scoring and the Laffer Curve

Many statists are worried that Republicans may install new leadership at the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This is a big issue because these two score-keeping bureaucracies on Capitol Hill tilt to the left and have a lot of power over fiscal policy. The JCT produces revenue estimates for tax […]

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