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Shut Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Unleash the Free Market

Remember the financial crisis and market meltdown from late last decade? That wasn’t a fun time, and we’re still dealing with some of the fallout. Let’s specifically look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two privately owned but government-created housing finance institutions (also known as government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs). Fannie and Freddie received giant […]

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Critical Charts about the Future of the American Economy and the 2016 Election?

James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute has an intriguing idea. Instead of a regular debate, he would like presidential candidates to respond to a handful of charts from the recent Economic Report of the President that supposedly highlight very important issues. We’d quickly find out — I hope — who has real deep knowledge […]

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To Protect Liberty, Don’t Let Governments Collect Data

I’ve written before about the tremendous success of Hong Kong. The jurisdiction routinely is ranked as being the world’s freest economy, and its fiscal policy is a role model for spending restraint. One reason Hong Kong has prospered is that it has enjoyed a policy of benign neglect, particularly when it was a British colony […]

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The Three Best and Three Worst Policy Developments of 2014

Exactly one year ago, we looked at the best and worst policy developments of 2013. Now it’s time for a look back at 2014 to see what’s worth celebrating and what are reasons for despair. Here’s the good news for 2014. 1. Gridlock – I’ve been arguing for nearly three years that divided government is […]

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The Obama Administration Wants another Housing Bubble…Plus Final Predictions for the 2014 House and Senate Mid-Term Elections

More than 100 years ago, George Santayana famously warned that, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” At the time, he may have been gazing in a crystal ball and looking at what the Obama Administration is doing today.That’s because the White House wants to reinstate the types of housing subsidies that played a huge […]

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Subsidies and Third-Party Payer = Inefficiency and Higher Prices

People sometimes think I’m strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and we’ll see why it’s a very important issue. If you’re not already familiar with the term, third-party payer exists when someone other than the consumer is paying for something. And it’s a […]

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Deconstructing Barack Obama, Part II

Yesterday, Part I of this series looked at what motivates Barack Obama. We reviewed a Kevin Williamson column that made a strong case that Obama is an ends-justifies-the-means statist. Today, we’re going to look at the President’s approach to economic policy and we’ll focus on an article by my former debating partner, the great Richard […] . . . → Read More: Deconstructing Barack Obama, Part II . . . → Read More: Deconstructing Barack Obama, Part II

President Obama Threatens America: “We’re Not Done Yet”

I suggested last year that President Obama adopt “my work here is done” as a campaign slogan. Admittedly, that was merely an excuse to share this rather amusing poster (and you can see the same hands-on-hips pose, by the way, in this clever Michael Ramirez cartoon). But I want to make a serious point. For […] . . . → Read More: President Obama Threatens America: “We’re Not Done Yet” . . . → Read More: President Obama Threatens America: “We’re Not Done Yet”

The Link Between Systemic Risk and One-Size-Fits-All Regulation

After the financial crisis, the consensus among government officials was that we needed more regulation. This irked me in two ways. 1. I don’t want more costly red tape in America, particularly when the evidence is quite strong that the crisis was caused by government intervention. Needless to say, the politicians ignored my advice and […] . . . → Read More: The Link Between Systemic Risk and One-Size-Fits-All Regulation . . . → Read More: The Link Between Systemic Risk and One-Size-Fits-All Regulation