Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?

A common criticism of Republicans is that Democratic government programs create more dependence and less independence. Republicans value independence, therefore they oppose such programs because they believe government programs disincentivize people. This is a plausible argument, on the surface at least. But not only is this an extremely cynical reading of human nature, it completely … Continue reading Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?

The thing about lowering taxes is…

I’m in favor of lowering and simplifying America’s tax code. There is wide bi-partisan consensus amongst economists and (not-as-wide, but still some) consensus amongst politicians that America’s bloated, convoluted tax code can and should be made significantly simpler and smaller. The US tax code is currently approximately 73,000 pages long. That’s longer than the Bible! … Continue reading The thing about lowering taxes is…

The false choice

Pundits on both sides of US politics agree that you have to either cut spending and/or raise taxes in order to make a dent in the deficit between the money the government brings in and the money it spends. Currently servicing the government’s debt of $14 trillion cost $190 billion in 2009, which is nearly … Continue reading The false choice

Believe it or not, Republicans have good health reform ideas too

There’s an op-ed in the New York Times from five conservatives with constructive ideas on how to improve health care reform: Bill Frist, Mark McClellan, James Pinkerton, Charles Kolb and Newt Ginrich. Well, at least four of them have sound ideas. I think that former senator Bill Frist’s snarky intro that the Democrats have “failed … Continue reading Believe it or not, Republicans have good health reform ideas too