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Highway Funding Battle Brings Out the Worst of Washington

When giving speeches outside the beltway, I sometimes urge people to be patient with Washington. Yes, we need fundamental tax reform and genuine entitlement reform, but there’s no way Congress can make those changes with Obama in the White House. But there are some areas whether progress is possible, and people should be angry with […]

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Estonia Demonstrates that Business Taxation Can Be Simple, Fair, and Conducive to Growth

I’m very fond of Estonia, and not just because of the scenery. Back in the early 1990s, it was the first post-communist nation to adopt a flat tax. More recently, it showed that genuine spending cuts were the right way to respond to the 2008 crisis (notwithstanding Paul Krugman’s bizarre attempt to imply that the […]

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A Global Tax Cartel Will Hurt the World Economy, Particularly Developing Nations

What’s the best way to generate growth and prosperity for the developing world? Looking at the incredible economic rise of jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and Singapore, it’s easy to answer that question. Simply put in place the rule of law, accompanied by free markets and small government. But that answer, while unquestionably accurate, would […]

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World’s Most Misleading Headlines

When I wrote about the media, it’s generally to criticize sloppy and/or biased reporting But maybe I need to have a new category that features misleading headlines. For instance, here’s a report by Fox Business News that grabbed my attention because of the headline. The story is about the arrest of an IRS bureaucrat. The […]

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Fiscal Fights with Friends, Part III: Why a Carbon Tax Will Enable Bigger Government rather than Better Policy

Explaining why statists are wrong about policy is a necessary part of what I do, but it sometimes can get a bit predictable. So I’ve decided to periodically pick fights with people who generally are on the right side. By the way, I’m definitely not talking about Republicans, who oftentimes are among the most worst […]

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Why the !*%# Is the Rest of the World Subsidizing Suicidal Fiscal Policy in Greece?!?

I detest writing about Greece. I suggested back in 2010 that the best outcome was default, which would have been the most likely outcome of a no-bailouts approach. And for the past five years, events have confirmed – over and over again – that this was the right approach. So you can understand how frustrating […]

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