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The Myth of America's "Stingy" Welfare State

Decentralization and SecessionTaxes and Spending

Blog03/02/2018

With welfare, the US outspends Canada and Australia, and is on a par with Switzerland. On government healthcare, the US outspends nearly everyone.

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Public Goods, National Defense, and Central Planning

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/27/2018
Since national defense is not bought and sold in markets, we can't really know its value or whether there is too much or too little of it.

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Lack of Police Accountability Shows the "Social Contract" Isn't Working

Legal SystemTaxes and Spending

Blog02/27/2018

We're told that we pay taxes in return for government "services." But what happens when the state doesn't keep up its end of the bargain?

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Is the (Tea) Party Over?

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/27/2018
Now that Republicans control the White House and Congress, tea party groups have little to say about runaway government spending.

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A Gas Tax Hike Is the Wrong Way to Fund Highways

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/26/2018
Using the federal gas tax to fund infrastructure is at best a very blunt instrument, and at worst an invitation to wasteful spending.

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Security Works at Disney — But Can't Work at a Public School?

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog02/19/2018
The fact that politicians get highly-attentive security guards — while school kids get a cut-rate version of security — is revealing.

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Government "Stimulus": The Real Trickledown Economics

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/14/2018
"Stimulus" requires first sucking money out of the private sector, and then letting it trickle back into the economy vis-à-vis new government spending.

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End Space-Station Funding Right Now

Corporate WelfareTaxes and Spending

Blog02/12/2018
If government funding of a space program is justified because it has “benefits,” then no argument can be made against government funding of anything.

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Yes, Tax Cuts Really Are The Reason for Your Raise

Labor and WagesTaxes and Spending

Blog02/12/2018
Firms are likely to raise wages once their expectations of future worker productivity increases.

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