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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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Unless you head has been mercifully been under a pillow, you would by now be familiar with the complete childish spitefulness coming from your Lords and Masters in DC. Among the most newsworthy and noteworthy “actions” taken by the Federal Government in response to the shutdown has been to close parks. Fine you say, parks […]

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For sending my children to Catholic schools. No reason to comment on that. I just got a tingle when I compared that piece to this news: the LA Unified School District has a ONE BILLION dollar program to give tricked out iPads to kids instead of textbooks. Again, no need to even comment on that […]

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If ever there was a myth to be shattered it would be that your “government” is out there “for the people.” Here’s the latest via Coyote: National Park Officials closed down the educational Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA in McLean, Va., even though the federal government doesn’t fund or staff the park popular with children […]

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Well, who actually cares? If 1/3 of the federal government employees are relieved for a while, does that mean that 1/3 of the federal tax collections will stop? Or more important, does anyone understand that the total government employment in this country is close to twenty million people? That’s right, 1 in 7 “jobs” in the […]

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