Topic: Government

When Liberal Became a Political Adjective

– December 24, 2023

“Before the 1770s, liberal meant generous, munificent, as in “with a liberal hand,” or tolerant and befitting a free man, as in liberal arts and liberal sciences. Those meanings were not political.” ~Daniel Klein

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Time is on Government’s Side

– December 20, 2023

“Politicians get the credit for creating the program, but bear only a small part of the cost of paying for it, leaving the vast majority of the costs to future generations.” ~Gary M. Galles

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A Profound Misdiagnosis of American Transit

– December 19, 2023

“We don’t need a resurgence of government spending on research and development to get more innovation in our transit systems. We just need governments to get out of the way!” ~Paul Mueller

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I Fought the Google, and the Google Won

– December 16, 2023

“The plaintiffs were all taxpayers in NC, but we had no actual say about how those payments taken from us were to be spent, even if the spending violated the Constitution of the state.” ~Michael Munger

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Even More Ways to Cook The Benefit-Cost Analysis Books

– December 2, 2023

“In disciplining our thinking to make better decisions, benefit-cost analysis also teaches those determined to mislead others how to do that better. Knowing how to do it ‘right’ also provides a template for how to be wrong in the desired direction.” ~Gary M. Galles

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Revisiting the Argument that Government is Too Small

– November 26, 2023

“A balanced rebuttal to false and misleading claims will tend to be ineffective at reaching voters, which in turn makes deceptive political advertising more successful, over-expanding government.” ~Gary M. Galles

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Before Moving From DC, Move Federal Employees from San Francisco

– November 14, 2023

“To enforce coordination within the federal executive and between federal agencies and state governments — correcting a fatal flaw in Nixon’s original plan — the President should appoint a representative to each state capital.” ~Charles Keckler

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Neither Democracy Nor “Union Democracy” are Ideals 

– November 5, 2023

“‘Democratically’ violating people’s rights is the default setting for legislation and regulation today, rather than the rare exception.” ~Gary Galles

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Political Corruption: There is Nothing New Under the Sun

– November 4, 2023

“Tweed was all three branches of government rolled into one person, and nothing escaped his influence. Judges and courts were in his employ, legislators owed him their livelihood, and mayors and governors depended on his block votes for election.” ~Will Sellers

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A Short ESG Guide: Introduction

– November 4, 2023

“What many find most troubling is how much social control will be exerted by undemocratic and anti-market forces with little accountability.” ~Paul Mueller

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What Did Cause the COVID Shortages?

– November 4, 2023

“By not understanding the causes of the disruptions during the pandemic, protectionists advocate for policies that would ultimately make supply chains, and consequently the US economy, more vulnerable.” ~Jon Murphy

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The Economic Lesson in Ghostbusters Everyone Missed

– October 31, 2023

“The meddling bureaucrat is given one last chance to avoid causing a catastrophe when the utility man tells him maybe they should listen to the people who, you know, actually designed the system.” ~Jon Miltimore

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