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Let's Give Bernie-Syle Socialism a Try in California First

Decentralization and SecessionSocialismTaxes and Spending

Blog03/11/2020

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.

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The IRS's History of Attacking Political Dissenters and Opponents

Bureaucracy and RegulationTaxes and Spending

Blog03/05/2020

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.

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How Government Spending Destroys Wealth

Taxes and SpendingInterventionism

Blog03/02/2020

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.

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Trump Is Trying to Ride the Pentagon Gravy Train to Reelection

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog03/02/2020

Trump is spinning a narrative in which ever larger government budgets—and ever larger piles of deficit spending—create jobs and make America "safe."

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Pete Buttigieg's Sovietesque Plan for Rural Revitalization

ImmigrationPovertySocialismTaxes and Spending

Blog02/25/2020

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.

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Tax Burdens, Per Capita Income, and Simpson’s Paradox

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.

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Why It's so Hard to Escape America's "Anti-Poverty" Programs

Economic FreedomPovertyTaxes and Spending

Blog02/20/2020

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.

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Social Security Cannot Survive in Its Present Form

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/19/2020

The Social Security program will have to be either inflated away with increasingly worthless dollars or Congress will have to intervene to cut benefits. 

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Social Security Is a Terrible "Investment"

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/17/2020

Social Security has been a money-losing mess for decades, and it's a major drain on private sector saving and investment.

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Foreign Aid Empowers Corrupt Regimes. End It.

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/13/2020

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.

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