by | Mar 7, 2020

The other night I ended class by introducing my students to the concept of “concentrated benefits versus dispersed costs.” Given the season, it was an opportune moment to use tax code simplification as an example. When such reform is on…

by | Feb 12, 2020

If there is one thing intellectuals from across the conservative ideological spectrum seem to agree upon, it is that market libertarians are unsympathetic to the plight of ordinary people. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) points to how the Joads were treated in John…

by | Jan 30, 2020

The Tariff Man has done it again. President Donald Trump recently announced that he will expand import taxes on American consumers of auto parts, nails, and other goods made in the United States with steel and aluminum. Apparently, untaxed imports…

by | Jan 29, 2020

The First World War’s Christmas Truce witnessing impromptu soccer matches between the combatants and mutual caroling among Germans and Frenchmen proves that adults trying to kill one another one minute can treat one another humanely the next. This 105-year-old precedent,…

by | Jan 2, 2020

Mark Twain once wrote, “New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness…

by | Nov 14, 2019

Here we go again. We’re approaching another deadline to pass a government spending bill or risk a government shutdown. Legislators routinely manufacture this sort of “crisis” to ram through provisions that wouldn’t survive scrutiny standing on their own. Congress is…

by | Nov 7, 2019

The more I follow the Democratic presidential campaign, the more I see how little I understand some people. After all, we can have differences when it comes to ideology, and we can aspire to different things in life. We can…

by | Jul 25, 2019

There is no shortage of prodigal people in the world. They chain themselves to expensive habits or addictions, pursue short-term pleasures and conveniences, are wasteful with other people’s money, and increase their spending when their incomes decline. Their sins are…

by | Nov 1, 2018

In a contest too close to call, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski is running to slash Connecticut taxes and bring Trumponomics to the state. The nation is watching to see whether a fiscal reformer can sell Trump’s tax-cutting approach to…

by | Oct 15, 2017

Here’s a little vacation for you. Some calming thoughts in the middle of a complex and challenging world. I dug these up to keep myself sane after talking to my accountant about my taxes: 1.) Here’s a good way to…

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