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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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Deconstructing the European Union’s Convoluted New Attack on “Tax Havens”

Europe is suffering from economic stagnation caused in part by excessive fiscal burdens. So what are European policy makers doing to address this problem? If you think the answer might have something to do with a shift to responsible fiscal policy, you obviously have no familiarity with Europe’s political elite. But if you have paid […]

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America’s Greek Fiscal Future

Last September, I wrote about some very disturbing 10-year projections that showed a rising burden of government spending. Those numbers were rather depressing, but a recently released long-term forecast from the Congressional Budget Office make the 10-year numbers look benign by comparison. The new report is overly focused on the symptom of deficits and debt […]

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Senator Rand Paul’s Very Good Tax Plan Needs One Important Tweak

Our nation very much needs fundamental tax reform, so it’s welcome news that major public figures – including presidential candidates – are proposing to gut the internal revenue code and replace it with plans that collect revenue in less-destructive ways. A few months ago, I wrote about a sweeping proposal by Senator Marco Rubio of […]

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Is Switzerland the World’s Most Sensible Country?

I’m in Geneva, Switzerland, where I just gave a speech about how international bureaucracies such as the OECD are seeking to undermine tax competition in hopes that the welfare state can be propped up for a few more years with ever-higher taxes. But regular readers already know my views on these issues, so instead I […]

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