What’s worse, Democrats who deliberately seek to make government bigger because of their ideological belief in statism, or Republicans who sort of realize that big government is bad yet make government bigger because of incompetence? I’m not sure, though this is a perfect example of why I often joke that Washington is divided between the […]
Continue reading Looming Republican Surrender on Spending Caps?
I’m pleasantly surprised by the tax plans proposed by Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump. In varying ways, all these candidate have put forth relatively detailed proposals that address high tax rates, punitive double taxation, and distorting tax preferences. But saying the right thing and doing the right thing are not the same. I […]
Continue reading It’s Time for 2016 Candidates to Unveil Plans to Restrain Spending
Perhaps the least recognized and least appreciated triumph of the GOP Congress is the de facto spending freeze between 2009 and 2014. Fights over debt limits, sequestration, spending caps, and government shutdowns were messy and chaotic, but it’s hard to argue with the results. The burden of federal spending fell from 24.4 pct of GDP […]
Continue reading Why Are GOP Leaders Negotiating a Bad Budget Deal When There’s already a Good Budget Deal in Place?
Like many Americans, I’m suffering from Obamacare fatigue. Before the law was implemented, I repeatedly explained that more spending and more intervention in the health sector would worsen a system that already was suffering from too much government. And since the law went into effect, I’ve pointed out – over and over again – the […]
Continue reading Obamacare Is Still a Disaster
As we get deeper into an election season, many politicians feel compelled to discuss how to deal with poverty. And some of them may even be serious about trying to improve the system. This hopefully will lead to big-picture discussions of key issues, such as why the poverty rate stopped falling in the mid-1960s. If […]
Continue reading Poverty, the Welfare State, and the Failure of Centralized Government