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Hillary Clinton’s 38-Year History of Sleaze and Corruption

I’ve written before about Hillary Clinton’s unethical and (presumably) illegal actions, both in terms of her email server and the Clinton Foundation. We’ve probably only seen the tip of the iceberg, but one thing that can be said with confidence is that there is strong scent of corruption, cronyism, and insider dealing that surrounds Mrs. […]

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Trump’s Five-Point Plan to “Drain the Swamp” Won’t Work

The polls are not looking good for Donald Trump. Indeed, I suspect my most recent prediction for the 2016 race gives him too many states. With time running out, he now faces pressure to come up with some new idea or a new narrative to change the likely outcome. Which may explain why he just […]

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Clinton-Style Corruption Is the Inevitable Result When You Mix Big Government and Sleazy People

My main problem with Hillary Clinton is that she not only supports the bloated and enervating welfare state that already exists, but she wants to make it even bigger. Indeed, there’s only a very small gap between her and crazy Bernie Sanders when you examine their voting records. There’s only a trivially small difference…between Hillary […]

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Government = Corruption = Undeserved Wealth = Insider Favoritism

In hopes of learning some lessons, let’s take a tour through the dank sewer of government, the place where malice is rewarded and malfeasance is a stepping stone to success. Writing for the Washington Post, Professor Stephen Medvic argues that America’s political system is mostly clean. …there is very little political corruption in the United […]

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Lessons for the United States (and other Nations) from Estonia: Fight Corruption by Shrinking Government

I’m a big fan of Estonia. According to both the Fraser Institute and the Heritage Foundation, it has considerable economic freedom. It has a low-rate flat tax, meaning that investors, entrepreneurs, and small-business owners aren’t punished for contributing more to the nation’s economic output. It responded to the 2008 crisis by cutting spending rather than […]

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On Campaign Finance, Bernie and Hillary Put the Cart before the Horse

Once again, I threw myself on a proverbial grenade. Yes, that means I watched politicians last night as part of the Cato Institute’s live-tweeting about issues that were raised (or not raised) in the CNN Townhall featuring Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Although painful, this exercise enabled me to share my thoughts on topics such […]

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Explaining the Corrupt Relationship between Politicians, Special Interests, and Lobbyists

Two years ago, I wrote that Washington’s parasite class was having a very merry Christmas. But I wasn’t mocking welfare recipients, many of whom actually deserve sympathy for getting trapped in the web of government dependency. Instead, I was referring to the unearned wealth being accumulated by Washington’s gilded class of bureaucrats, cronyists, lobbyists, contractors, […]

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If You Want Less Corruption, Control Government rather than Political Speech

Washington is a horribly corrupt city. The tax code is riddled with special favors for politically powerful interest groups. The budget is filled with handouts and subsidies for well-connected insiders. The regulatory apparatus is a playground for cronyism. I’ve previously explained that shrinking the size and scope of government is the most effective way of […]

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Hillary Clinton, Big Government, and Washington Corruption

I’ve explained, over and over and over again, that big government is the mother’s milk of corruption. Simply stated, a convoluted tax code, bloated budget, and regulatory morass create endless opportunities for well-connected insiders to obtain unearned and undeserved wealth. Is this evidence that Washington is broken? In a column for Real Clear Politics., Mike […]

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The World’s Most Disappointingly Inaccurate Headline

In the past, I’ve identified the world’s most misleading headlines and I’ve also identified the world’s least surprising headline. Today, I’m going to share the world’s most disappointing headline. When I first saw this story in USA Today, I thought it was time to celebrate. Wow, I thought, what a great outcome. I’ve always wanted […]

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The Denny Hastert Scandal: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People for the Wrong Reasons

I don’t like former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. But not because of any personal interactions. I don’t think I’ve every even been in the same room as him, much less ever met him. But I know that he did nothing to restrain the reckless expansion of government when he had power during the Bush years. […]

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The Venal Corruption of the Political Class

In the past week, I’ve written two columns (here and here) extolling the benefits of federalism. So I now feel compelled to warn that my support for decentralization is not motivated by some Pollyannish view of sub-national governments. State and local government officials are perfectly capable of adopting policies that lead to the absurd waste […]

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Learning the Right Lesson from Corruption in the EB-5 Visa Program

As an economist, my primary objection to excessive government is – or at least should be – based on foregone growth. After all, government spending (whether it is financed by taxes or borrowing) diverts resources from the productive sector of society and results in the misallocation of labor and capital. Based on my blood pressure, […]

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“Cromnibus” Spending Bill Is a Victory and a Defeat

So what should libertarians, Reagan conservatives, and other advocates of smaller government think of the “cromnibus” spending bill? The answer depends on your benchmark. If you dislike insider deals, pork-barrel spending, and you think the federal government should be limited to the enumerated powers put in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, then the cromnibus […]

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The Odious Corruption Enabled by Big Government

I’ve argued that the crowd in Washington profits by plundering America, but that’s just part of the equation. There are also plenty of big companies that have their snouts in the public trough. No wonder many people have become disgusted Writing for the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman points out that a growing number of […]

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Washington’s Nauseatingly Corrupt Culture…and 2014 Election Predictions for the House and Senate

I sometimes think that working at the Cato Institute and trying to change Washington must be akin to working at a church in the middle of Amsterdam’s red light district. In both cases, you’re wildly outnumbered by people with a different outlook on life. And it’s not that easy to save misguided souls. The crowd […]

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Is the IRS Suffering from “Fewer Resources”?

The internal revenue service has allowed itself to become a tool of the White House. To be more specific, bureaucrats at the tax-collection agency sought to undermine a free and fair political process by stifling political speech. And now the IRS is lying about its activities and trying to cover its tracks. This should be […]

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Bigger Government Means More Corruption

I’ve posted more than 3,500 items since I started International Liberty. And if you look at the earliest posts, way back in April of 2009, you’ll find that one of the very first of them made the link between big government and big corruption. My premise was very simple. When government is very large, with […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

When I wrote recently that the IRS was corrupt, venal, and despicable, I didn’t realize that I was bending over backwards to be overly nice. Every new revelation in the scandal shows that the agency is beyond salvage. Writing for Real Clear Markets, Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute is appropriately skeptical of the IRS. […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

When I wrote recently that the IRS was corrupt, venal, and despicable, I didn’t realize that I was bending over backwards to be overly nice. Every new revelation in the scandal shows that the agency is beyond salvage. Writing for Real Clear Markets, Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute is appropriately skeptical of the IRS. […]

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