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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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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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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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“Cromnibus” Spending Bill Is a Victory and a Defeat

So what should libertarians, Reagan conservatives, and other advocates of smaller government think of the “cromnibus” spending bill? The answer depends on your benchmark. If you dislike insider deals, pork-barrel spending, and you think the federal government should be limited to the enumerated powers put in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, then the cromnibus […]

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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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Another Victory for Fiscal Responsibility: The Death of Earmarks

I wrote a few days ago that advocates of smaller government have won a very significant victory over the past five years, as measured by the fact that there’s been zero growth in overall federal spending. And because the private economy has grown while the federal budget has been flat, this means that the burden […]

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