D.W. MacKenzie

DMacKenz_2000@yahoo.com

D. W. MacKenzie is an assistant professor of economics at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

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All too many Americans are buffaloed by the hidden tax and regulatory costs that everyone pays.

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The president's claims notwithstanding, we are living in the worst period in the 50 years of our federally managed economy.

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The VA is a mess because big bureaucracies simply can't function efficiently. It's scandalous that so many in power still believe they can.

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Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons

The Affordable Care Act contributes to an already unsustainable situation

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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