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…