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Proper Staffing and Reform of JCT and CBO Is an IQ Test for the Republican Party

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) are congressional bureaucracies that wield tremendous power on Capitol Hill because of their role as fiscal scorekeepers and referees. Unfortunately, these bureaucracies lean to the left. When CBO does economic analysis or budgetary estimates, for instance, the bureaucrats routinely make it easier for politicians […]

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Health Care Update: Everything from Medicaid’s Ever-Rising Fiscal Burden to a (Very Tepid) Defense of Jonathan Gruber

I’ve been fretting for a long time that poorly designed entitlement programs are going to turn America into a decrepit welfare state. Medicare obviously is a big part of the problem, but the fraud-riddled Medicaid program may be even worse. The program is a nightmare for both federal taxpayers and state taxpayers. In an article […]

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Research Shows that Small Government Is Efficient Government

I’ve argued that we’ll get better government if we make it smaller. And Mark Steyn humorously observed, “our government is more expensive than any government in history – and we have nothing to show for it.” But can these assertions be quantified? I had an email exchange last week with a gentleman from Texas who […]

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How Washington Profits by Pillaging America

I’ve been banging the drum for years about Washington being a racket for the benefit of politicians, cronyists, bureaucrats, contractors, lobbyists, interest groups, and other insiders. I’ve written about horrific examples of bloated spending that line the pockets of the well connected. I’ve shared disgusting examples of Democrat sleaze and Republican sleaze. I’ve exposed rampant […]

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Wasting Money Is Washington’s Favorite Activity

It’s unfortunate that Senator Tom Coburn is retiring. He hasn’t been perfect, but nobody can question is commitment to limited government. He’s been a rare voice in Washington against wasteful spending. And he’s going out with a bang, having just released the 2014 edition of the Wastebook. It’s a grisly collection of boondoggles and pork-barrel […]

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Who You Going to Believe on Infrastructure Spending: The IMF in August or the IMF in October?

The International Monetary Fund isn’t my least-favorite international bureaucracy. That special honor belongs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, largely because of its efforts to undermine tax competition and protect the interests of the political class (it also tried to have me arrested, but I don’t hold that against them). But the IMF […]

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