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Not in the mood to be charitable again. Screw the FDA and the crop of enfeebled nannies who demand crap like this: The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly […]

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The food experts opine: But there is something the president can do now, on his own, to break that deadlock, much as he has done with climate change. In the next State of the Union address, he should announce an executive order establishing a national policy for food, health and well-being. By officially acknowledging the […]

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Here is how much milk that the US Government recommends that you and your children consume every day: Aside from the fact that the US Government doesn’t exactly have a great history of getting the recommended daily allowances correct (go check out what was on the 1950s “choosemyplate” plate and compare it to what scientists know), […]

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Somehow …

After reading yet another indictment about the glorious behavior of our “do-gooders” in DC, I just do not believe for one second that the Lois Lerner e-mails went missing. Call me crazy, but for an organization that hunts folks down because their TurboTax forgets to claim 8 cents of income, and for one that surely […]

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The emperor indeed has no clothes and it’s apparently a feature of the argument, not a bug: Barry Ritholtz: U.S. on Highway to Flunking Out, by Barry Ritholtz: Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. I am of course discussing our […]

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Let me offer a few simple, cranky, thoughts on taxes today. (1) I like to believe I am not the dumbest person on the planet. I also happen to be a professional economist. And I have absolutely NO IDEA going into the year how much in tax obligations I owe to the government at all […]

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In Klingian Macroeconomics, this episode (it’s more than an episode, we need a better word) is what we mean by the bottom-left quadrant:  At midnight on December 31, I not only drank a toast to the new year, but also to finally getting all my business operations out of Ventura County, California. Never have I […]

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When the objective historians go write down the legacy of this President, they are not going to talk about health reform (even if the ACA failed, it does capture the fact, and I think it is a fact, that reform is needed – I happen to think it lies in the deregulatory side coupled with […]

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Here is Thomas Sowell on the incredible achievement of this young man born with no arms: The vision on which the all-encompassing and all-controlling welfare state was built is a vision of widespread helplessness, requiring ever more expanding big government. Our “compassionate” statists would probably have wanted to take this young man without arms, early on, […]

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A new NBER Paper finds: In this paper, we demonstrate that university students who cheat on a simple task in a laboratory setting are more likely to state a preference for entering public service.  Importantly, we also show that cheating on this task is predictive of corrupt behavior by real government workers, implying that this measure captures a meaningful propensity […]

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