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Decentralization and SecessionSocialismTaxes and Spending
For starters, let's have California secede and limit Bernie-style socialism to the new republic. If my predictions ended up being wrong and the state became a paradise, then the rest of the country could quickly follow suit.
Bureaucracy and RegulationTaxes and Spending
Since politicians increasingly use tax law as a means of regulating American life, the IRS has become a supercharged regulatory organization that goes far beyond just collecting taxes.
Taxes and SpendingInterventionism
Government spending overall—not just deficits—is the real problem. Government spending diverts wealth away from truly productive people and toward the government and its favored groups.
Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy
Trump is spinning a narrative in which ever larger government budgets—and ever larger piles of deficit spending—create jobs and make America "safe."
ImmigrationPovertySocialismTaxes and Spending
Buttigieg's plan to repopulate depressed rural areas with immigrants reminds one of old Soviet schemes to ship people to Siberia to stimulate the economy there.
Taxes and Spending
Is there a correlation between wealth and a higher tax burden? After, people like to say that more taxes mean more public services.
Economic FreedomPovertyTaxes and Spending
Between the regulation of business and penalties for rising income, anti-poverty policies in America make it so that many workers have no clear path to escape poverty.
The Social Security program will have to be either inflated away with increasingly worthless dollars or Congress will have to intervene to cut benefits.
Social Security has been a money-losing mess for decades, and it's a major drain on private sector saving and investment.
US aid to foreign regimes helps free governments from having to raise funds from their own people. So, the recipients of foreign aid are likely to become less responsive and more corrupt.