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Hey GOP, Want to Cut the Burden of Government? Cut Spending.

Taxes and Spending

Blog11/13/2017
It is not deficits per se, but total government spending that distorts the economy and starves the private sector of resources.

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Is Forced Military Service Good for the Economy?

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign PolicySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog09/12/2017
The latest argument in favor of conscription is that it's good for the economy. But, it's all just another central-planning scheme.

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What If Every Person Paid an Equal Share of the Military Budget?

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog09/11/2017
If military costs were spread out evenly, a family of four would be paying more than $9,000 per year.

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Why Houston Doesn't Need Federal Flood Relief — In Four Charts

Decentralization and SecessionTaxes and Spending

Blog08/31/2017
Texas and Houston are larger and wealthier than most countries. Forcing other states to pay for rebuilding is nothing more than political theater.

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Why It's Not Hypocrisy for Libertarians To Benefit from Government Programs

Taxes and Spending

Blog07/31/2017
Many are calling TV pundit Tomi Lahren a "hypocrite" for benefiting from an Obamacare mandate. Lahren may be more of a victim than a beneficiary.

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To Fix Healthcare, We Need to Repeal a Lot More than Obamacare

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealthTaxes and Spending

Blog07/18/2017
The focus on Obamacare as the source of all our health-care woes has distracted us from the real foundations of the healthcare mess.

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What If Taxpayers Could Choose if Taxes Went to the State Level or Federal Level?

Decentralization and SecessionTaxes and Spending

Blog06/15/2017
Tax returns should contain a check-off box where taxpayers can decide to send their taxes to state and local levels instead of Washington, DC.

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The Myth of Infrastructure Spending

Taxes and SpendingSubjectivism

Blog06/13/2017
Almost everyone agrees that infrastructure spending is always a slam dunk for the economy. Unfortunately, they're often wrong.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Another Stealth Tax

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog06/07/2017
Local governments could go to the taxpayers and ask for more revenue to fight crime. But, it's much easier to seize it from innocent suspects instead.

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The Trump Budget: Real Cuts vs. the Media Version of "Cuts"

PovertyTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2017
The Trump budget proposes to increase spending on Medicaid by slightly less that what had been earlier proposed. In DC-speak, this is called a "cut."

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