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Two Videos that Perfectly Capture the Feckless Arrogance and Stupidity of the Federal Government

Summarizing the federal government is not easy. There’s nearly $4 trillion of spending to disentangle. There’s a 75,000-page tax code to decipher. And there’s a regulatory morass that defies understanding. So when people ask me questions about the cost of the federal government, there’s never a satisfactory answer. I sometimes respond by pointing to sub-par […]

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Great Moments in Local, State, National, and Foreign Government

I periodically share this poster, in part because it’s funny, but mostly because it’s true. After all, can you think of many “success stories” involving government? When I pose this question to my statist friends, I usually get a blank stare in response. Though some of them will offer answers such as the GI Bill, […]

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Amazing Chutzpah – and Cluelessness – from the Obama Administration

While I normally focus on jaw-dropping examples of hypocrisy by politicians, I realize that our beloved leaders also can be absurdly brazen in their exaggerations, deceptions, and prevarications. But sometimes you can’t help but be shocked by their chutzpah. Sort of like the time back in 2010 that a Greek politician issued an ultimatum that […]

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Hoisting Obama on His Own Try-Something-New Petard

My Cato Institute colleague Michael Tanner has produced some first-rate substantive research on issues. He produced a study showing that personal retirement accounts would have been a better deal than Social Security even for people who retired at the depth of the financial crisis and stock-market collapse. He authored another study showing that overly generous […]

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Great Moments in Taxing, Spending, and Regulating

When people ask me why I mock government for being a slovenly, bloated, and malicious entity, I’m sometimes not sure what to say. Do I give them examples of corrupt corporate welfare? Do I share instances of government thuggery? Do I direct them to preposterous examples of waste? Do I show them details about an […]

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More Horror Stories from the TSA Bureaucrats

I’m wondering whether the Transportation Security Administration is a valuable part of government. Not because the bureaucracy does a good job, but instead because it does so many foolish things that it helps convince more people to become libertarians. Consider these horror stories. o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. o Detaining a woman […]

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