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A Problem with National Homicide Statistics

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog02/16/2017
Too much aggregation: It's not just a problem for economic data.

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Healthcare: Government — Not Technology — Is Driving Prices Up

HealthTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/15/2017
Technology by itself isn't what's making health care so expensive. A more likely cause is government intervention through welfare and regulation.

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That Troublesome 2009 Budget

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/15/2017
The 2009 fiscal year was a big year for huge increases in federal spending. Unfortunately, it was a bipartisan effort.

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Free Markets at Home Are the Solution to Companies Moving Abroad

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyPolitical Theory

Blog02/14/2017
Free trade can help economies overcome many obstacles to wealth. Unfortunately, governments are often the ones who create those obstacles.

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The Goal of Socialists Is Socialism — Not Prosperity

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/13/2017
Some claim that if socialists understood economics they wouldn't be socialists. This is doubtful since the larger motivation is often political control.

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Who Will Be Blamed if the Oroville Dam Fails?

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/13/2017
California politicos lied about the cost of the failing Oroville dam, then failed to maintain it properly. But, government will likely escape all blame.

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Donald Trump Is the Least of Latin America's Worries

Global EconomyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog02/10/2017
The regimes of Latin America have been quite successful at destroying their own economies — without any help from Donald Trump.

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Federal Spending Grew More Under Bush and Reagan than Under Obama

Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog02/10/2017
If the experience of Bush years is any indication, we should brace ourselves now for big increases in government spending.

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Why Government Employees in Iowa Are Paid So Much

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog02/09/2017
It is fairly well known that government employees often make more than private-sector workers with similar skills. Things are especially bad in Iowa.

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