Whats the difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?
I spend a lot of time mocking statists, and with good reasons.
When I wrote back in 2012 that France was committing fiscal suicide, I should have guessed that President Hollande would get impatient and push for even more statism.
The long-term trend in China is positive. Economic reforms beginning in the late 1970s have helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty.
When I compared the tax reform proposals of various 2016 presidential candidates last month, Ben Carson got the best grade by a slight margin.
When I get my daily email from the editorial page of the New York Times, I scroll through to see whether theres anything on economic issues I should read.
Politicians hate cash. That may seem an odd assertion given that they love spending money (other peoples money, of course). But what Im talking about is the fact that politicians get upset when theres not 100 percent compliance with tax laws.
I wrote yesterday that governments want to eliminate cash in order to make it easier to squeeze more money from taxpayers.
Since Im a big fan of the Laffer Curve, Im always interested in real-world examples showing good results when governments reduce marginal tax rates on productive activity.
Its time for a lesson in tax economics.
We should fondly remember the great, late Margaret Thatcher for several reasons, most notably because she saved the United Kingdom from economic collapse.
Remember the scene in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, when the Knights of the Round Table have to answer three questions before they can cross the Bridge of Death?
Since its basically a way of protecting property rights, environmental protection is a legitimate function of government.
Perhaps the least recognized and least appreciated triumph of the GOP Congress is the de facto spending freeze between 2009 and 2014.
Its been a challenge to assess Donald Trumps fiscal policies since theyve been an eclectic and evolving mix of good and bad soundbites.
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.
Almost everyone in Washington is talking about last nights GOP debate. I sent out a few tweets as I watched, and my main after-the-fact observation is that there was very little discussion about the ever-growing burden of government spending, which is Americas most pressing economic problem.
Back in 2013, my colleagues at the Cato Institute, Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes, released a study looking at the value of welfare programs in various states.
Like Sisyphus pushing the rock up a hill, I keep trying to convince my leftist friends that growth is the best way to help the poor. I routinely share new evidence and provide real-world data in hopes that they will realize that good results are more important than good intentions.
we should accept the fact that politicians are pathologically ambitious narcissists (which is why these jokes and cartoons are so funny) and simply try to figure out whether they might be vehicles for good and necessary reforms.