Government Spending

Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More than Private Sector Workers

The federal government is the fourth highest paying industry in America, and after the end of the wage-freeze, it is booming again. 

- October 06, 2015

The Biggest Myth about Student Loans

Yes, debtors can discharge their loans in bankruptcy, and the taxpayers pay for it. 

- October 06, 2015

"Continuing Resolution" – Are You Asleep Yet?

 It is the phrase Congress uses when it doesn’t want to pass a budget and hence take responsibility for spending trillions of dollars of other people’s money.

- September 30, 2015

John Boehner Really Did Beat Obama on Budget Cuts

Boehner gets (and deserves) a bad rap, but he did manage to cut — and really cut — federal spending. 

- September 28, 2015

Big Government Is Still Young

Today's expensive, intrusive mega-states are a recent phenomenon, and their rise was not historically inevitable. 

- September 21, 2015

What Are Students Learning? Not What Colleges Teach.

The evidence overwhelmingly shows that students don't learn much in college. 

- September 11, 2015

6 Things Paul Krugman Gets Wrong on Medicare

Krugman distorts data and misleads readers about the entitlement crisis. 

- September 08, 2015

Privatize Social Security (Even if the Market Crashes)

Even if retirees cashed out this Monday, or even in the Great Recession, they'd still get more than Social Security.

The Slow-Motion Financial Suicide of the Roman Empire

The welfare state, once begun, is difficult to reverse and never ends well.

Scandinavian Myths: High Taxes and Big Spending Are Popular

Citizens of the wintry welfare states don't like taxes any more than anyone else – so their governments hide the tax hikes. 

- August 04, 2015

Who Is Doing More for Affordable Education: Politicians or Innovators?

Change for the better is coming to higher education. Just don’t expect it to come from Washington.

- July 31, 2015

He Beat the IRS in Court, But They Won't Make Him Whole

The government wastes more money each second than it would cost to compensate this asset forfeiture victim, but they're fighting it tooth and nail. 

- July 30, 2015

Boston Will Lose Big If It Wins the Olympics

Today's Olympic Games are a race to the bottom of public waste, corruption, and civil liberties abuses. 

- July 23, 2015

"Green Banks" Are Destined to Drown in the Red

The history of government "investments" shows that politicians don't have a clue where to put the public's money.

- July 22, 2015

What Greek "Austerity"?

Athens's welfare state is broke, but it's still bloated beyond belief. 

- July 08, 2015

In Love with Gov? Time to Break It Off

He's not a meddling control freak — he just wants to help.

- July 08, 2015

Greek Spending Hits the Wall

Even if Greeks reject the bailout, there's no alternative to austerity.

- July 01, 2015

TSA Fails 95% of the Time

TSA checkpoints failed 67 out of 70 tests, allowing fake weapons and bombs through security.

- June 03, 2015

Paul Krugman: Three Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Paul Krugman claims he has been “right about everything.” And yet, he has been utterly wrong on so many things. We catalog his mistakes here for your reading pleasure.

- May 20, 2015

The Welfare State Needs Abolition, Not "Reform"

Efficient income redistribution doesn’t make the process morally right, only less wasteful on its way to being wrong.

- May 05, 2015

Baltimore – Before and After Freddie Gray – Is a Bleeding City

It may seem odd to talk about taxes now, but there is nothing to believe in when there is nobody left to believe.

Take the Politics out of Money

The solution to politicians being bought is to ensure that they have nothing to sell (and no one to buy it).

- May 03, 2015

The Chart that Could Undo the US Healthcare System

The system has become a Frankenstein monster, with pieces stitched together ad hoc by regulators and special interests.

- April 29, 2015

Should Taxes Fund Philosophy?

Does philosophy really "teach students how to think," and is the opportunity cost worth it?

- April 24, 2015

Krugman: Social Security Is "Where Government Excels"

If Social Security is a government success, what does failure look like?

- April 16, 2015

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