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The Insane World of Agriculture Subsidies

I’ve argued before that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should be the top target of those seeking to shut down useless and counterproductive parts of the federal government. And if President-Elect Trump’s choice for HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, is as sound on housing issues as he is on tax issues, presumably he […]

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More Poor-to-Rich Redistribution from the Wacky World of Washington

I’ve written about how statist policies help the rich and hurt the poor. And I’ve also pontificated on the destructive and foolish subsidies dispensed by the execrable Department of Agriculture. Now let’s mix those two issues (though I hasten to add that this isn’t like math…two negatives don’t make a positive. Here’s an infographic from […]

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The Department of Agriculture Is a Welfare Scam

I may have to change my mind. When asked a few years ago to pick which department in Washington most deserved to be eliminated, I chose the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And HUD unquestionably is a cesspool of waste, so it certainly should be shuttered. But the more I read about the bizarre […]

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Obama’s Dismal Legacy of European-Style Long-Run Unemployment

Looking at labor markets, my biggest concern is the drop in labor force participation. The data from the Labor Department on the employment-population ratio, for instance, suggest a permanent reduction in the share of the population that is working. And since economic output and living standards ultimately depend on the quality and quantity of labor […]

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Break Out Your Crying Towels for Agriculture Lobbyists

I realize this might mean I’m not a very nice person, but I take joy in the sadness of others. But in my defense, this only happens when the sad people happen to be those who want to steal my money using the coercive power of government. Or when bad things happen to the political […] . . . → Read More: Break Out Your Crying Towels for Agriculture Lobbyists . . . → Read More: Break Out Your Crying Towels for Agriculture Lobbyists