Topic: Government

Oh, SNAP

– October 11, 2023

“People make food choices based on a variety of factors, including taste, convenience, and price. Simply paying people to eat more fruits and vegetables is unlikely to change these underlying factors.” ~Antony Davies

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Taxation as Social Justice

– September 24, 2023

“The goal is not to raise revenue so we can support the poor; instead, the US is pursuing the simpler goal of eliminating private concentrations of wealth.” ~Michael Munger

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Of Moats and Search Engines: The DOJ’s Coercive Case against Google

– September 23, 2023

“Google is the best search engine in the world, and it paid to have its site featured as the default option for consumers. This not only benefited Google, but also Apple and Android customers.” ~Kimberlee Josephson

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Corporatism and Convict Leasing in the American South

– September 17, 2023

“This was not a product of capitalism, it was the direct consequence of government’s colluding with business to prevent a market for labor.” ~Marcus M. Witcher and Patrick Schmucker

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Needed: More People to Keep Asking Why

– September 13, 2023

“If you pay attention to public policy, you have probably come up with your own list of ‘not asked, much less answered’ questions that stick with you.” ~ Gary Galles

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Child Speech Issues Are at Historic Highs in the United Kingdom, a New Report Found—and We All Know Why

– September 12, 2023

“Widespread speech development issues are just one of the countless unintended consequences of turning individual decisions over to government bureaucrats.” ~ Jon Miltimore

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The Can Conundrum: Governments Don’t Have Coherent Goals

– September 7, 2023

“Policies enacted to fix one problem lead to still other problems, which will then require other policies to fix, and so on, until we’re crushed by a giant snowball of well-intended “solutions” and their unintended consequences.” ~ Art Carden

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State Development Incentives: Taxes, Investment, and Tullock Auctions

– September 5, 2023

“State ‘incentive’ packages do more than pay companies the difference in costs. Politicians have every reason to pay up to, and beyond, the entire economic benefit to the state, because their calculus counts costs as benefits.” ~ Michael Munger

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A Book to Remind Us of the Evils of Socialism

– September 3, 2023

“Americans who have read that they’re quite good (the Cuban regime still gets mostly favorable press) will be dismayed to read that living conditions are in fact bad and getting worse.” ~ George Leef

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Blame, Trade-Offs, and the Maui Wildfires

– August 31, 2023

“Making big and simple promises is the easy part of politics. Telling constituencies that there may be difficult and painful trade-offs is difficult.” ~ Anthony Gill

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Remembering President Harding

– August 27, 2023

“Notwithstanding the scandals, Harding’s legacy for electoral success, economic achievements, and national wealth remain unsurpassed.” ~ Will Sellers

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The Three-Headed Monster Giving Us Lousy Public Policy

– August 24, 2023

“The prosperity we enjoy is constantly under attack by a political monster that never stops putting obstacles along the road to riches.” ~ Art Carden

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