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The Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Bernie's Proposed Tax on Financial Transactions

Financial Markets

Blog03/27/2020

Bernie Sanders wants a tax on financial transactions so that every trade brings a penalty. While this most directly affects big traders, regular people will not be immune to the effects.

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The "Bootleggers and Baptists" of the Coronavirus Crisis

HealthU.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog03/20/2020

Although it doesn't explain everything, it's always a good idea to ask "who benefits" whenever governments step in to "solve" a crisis.

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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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The Economics and Politics of Zoning

Blog11/04/2019

The whole point of zoning is to limit freedom in the development of new housing options. As a result, housing is more expensive, and the consumers are more poorly served.

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The Feds Move Closer to a $15 Minimum Wage

Big GovernmentLabor and Wages

Blog08/09/2019

Those who suffer most from mandated wage hikes are low-skilled workers, disabled workers and part-time workers in the sector. And poorer regions suffer more than rich ones.

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The Dirty Secret about Gun Control in Latin America

Legal SystemWorld History

Blog08/06/2019

By just glancing at Latin America’s current gun policies, we see a region that is in desperate need of more pro-gun laws. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela offer lurid accounts of what happens when most of the population is effectively disarmed when facing real criminal threats.

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The Welfare State is Tearing Sweden Apart

Blog05/28/2019

The welfare state is a key ingredient in sowing social mistrust and discord among diverse groups in Sweden.

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There's Nothing Wrong with Buying Local — Except When Government Tells You To

Blog04/17/2019

Government policies designed to encourage you — or force you — to "buy local" reduce our standard of living while encouraging class conflict.

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