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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Border-Adjustable Taxation, but Were Afraid (or too Bored) to Ask

House Republicans, as part of a generally laudable tax reform plan, want to replace the corporate income tax with a “destination-based cash-flow tax.” I’ve addressed that topic a couple of times. Left-leaning advocates like “destination-based” tax systems such as the DBCFT because such systems undermine tax competition and give politicians more ability to increase tax […]

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The Hysterical Left, and Neil Gorsuch

I seem to have developed some form of flu. It’s rather distracting, so a short one today. In any case, I think Melanie is on to quite a lot here. It was an instructive year, as I watched (and participated in) as Britain discovered the words of the American founders to urge on the Brexit […]

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Smaller Government Is the Best Strategy for Reducing Corruption in Romania

In 2016, there were three very worthy candidates for the highly coveted Politician of the Year Award. In May, I gave the prize to Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected president of the Philippines, because he assured voters that none of his mistresses were on the public payroll. Gee, what a swell guy! In July, I […]

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By an Angel’s Kiss, CSWO William Ryan Owen, 36, Navy SEAL

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony. On November 24th 2016, Chief Special Warfare Officer, William Ryan …

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The Government’s War on Money Laundering Is Causing the Wrong Kind of Casualties

President Trump says he wants to roll back the burden of regulation. Give the morass of red tape that is strangling the economy, this is a very worthy goal. It’s also a daunting task. Fixing the sprawling regulatory state is the modern version of cleaning the Augean stables and I’m not brimming with confidence that […]

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How we Got Trump

Mollie Hemingway wrote yesterday in The Federalist about Saying People Can’t Say ‘This Is Why Trump Won’ Is Why Trump Won. See, one of the reasons tens of millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton was that they were sick of this type of media bullying. But you’re not supposed to point out […]

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The Hunt for Red RINOs

It begins. Senate Democrats have launched what will be known as its search for Red RINOs to wreck Donald Trump’s promises to the American voters. (Yes, …

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Trump’s Immigration Order ≠ Hitler

From Bookworm Room. Long and well worth your time. The Progressives on my real-me Facebook feed are having a collective mental collapse in response to President Trump’s new immigration order. Typically, their behavior is predicated, not upon actual facts, but upon media propaganda and their own factual and historic ignorance. This post will rebut the […]

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50 Years Ago

last Friday, Apollo 1 burned on the pad at Cape Kennedy, lost with it were  Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom as Command Pilot, Edward H. White II as Senior Pilot, and Donn F. Eisele as Pilot. I was a disaster that all Americans, and in fact, the world shared with us. And as the details became known, […]

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A Lower Corporate Tax Means More Growth and Higher Wages

Yesterday was “Australia Day,” which I gather for Aussies is sort of like the 4th of July for Americans. To belatedly celebrate for our friends Down Under, I suppose we could sing Waltzing Matilda. But since I’m a policy wonk with a special fondness for the nation, let’s instead acknowledge Australia Day by citing some […]

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Mrs. May Goes to Washington

And so, Mrs. May is here. Came over yesterday, and will meet the President today. That’s as it should be, she’s first, the leader of our oldest friends, and strongest ally, and our cousins, so kind of a family reunion. Last night she spoke at the Republican Congressional winter retreat, the first world leader to […]

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Women’s March in DC, The Harrowers From Hell, A Christian Apologist Perspective

(Note to Christian apologists: This is why atheists are worth your time.) Mortimer Adler was the 20th Century’s most prominent American philosopher, living almost the …

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Everyone Knows There is Illegal Voting

  Just as everyone knew where the bootleg whisky was in 1930. So President Trump speaks a big truth. Media naysayers are either as innocent …

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New CBO Numbers and the Simple Formula for Good Fiscal Policy, Part I

The Congressional Budget Office, as part of The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2017 to 2027, has just released fiscal projections for the next 10 years. This happens twice every year. As part of this biannual exercise, I regularly (most recently here and here) dig through the data and highlight the most relevant numbers. Let’s repeat […]

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Times and Seasons

Yesterday, I read some people complaining that Trump hasn’t stopped DACA yet. This is Wednesday, he was inaugurated last Friday, so give me a break. He’s accomplished more in the part of the last week than most presidents do in their first term. Take a deep breath and relax, he’s not going to do everything […]

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Trump’s Hiring Freeze for Bureaucrats: A Good Step, but No Substitute for Program Cuts and Agency Terminations

Having lived in the Washington area for more than three decades, I have many friends who work for the federal government. Most of them will privately admit that they are very lucky since federal salaries and benefits are considerably higher than what they could earn in the private sector. And they’ll also admit that there’s […]

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Occupational Licensing: How Government-Created Barriers to Work Are Undermining Mobility and America’s Economy

Red tape is a huge burden on the American economy, with even an Obama Administration bureaucracy acknowledging that costs far exceed supposed benefits. And the problem gets worse every year. If I had to pick the worst example of foolish regulation, there would be lots of absurd examples from the federal government, and the crazy […]

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Ulv Galiciefarer’s Tomb?

Well, we’re going to try not to deal with politics every day, because it’s early, but we will cover things that catch our attention, as always. But meantime… This sort of stuff always catches my attention, even if Danish is not Norwegian. From The History Blog. Danish archaeologist Bjarne Henning Nielsen, curator at the Vesthimmerlands […]

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On Donald Trump’s Inaugural Apologia to the American People

On Friday, January 17, 2017 Donald Trump strode to the microphone, looking out over a sea of citizens who had dreamed of this day, some …

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Will Trumponomics Mean More Freedom and Prosperity?

I was sitting directly under a television in a Caribbean airport yesterday when Trump got inaugurated, so I inadvertently heard his speech. The bad news is that Trump didn’t say much about liberty or the Constitution. And, unlike Reagan, he certainly didn’t have much to say about shrinking the size and scope of Washington. On […]

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