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Archive for May, 2017
The Health-Care Insurance Quagmire as a Linguistic Problem

The House of Representatives has just passed a statute it represents as “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” This legislation, now awaiting what promises to be major challenges in gaining the Senate’s approval, does amend certain aspects of the Obamacare setup, but all in all the changes are less than earth-shaking, and the previous system will…
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Government Schools: Sowing the Seeds of Our Destruction

Several years ago, the Independent Institute honored Andy Garcia at our unforgettable Gala for Liberty (other honorees that evening were Bill Bowes and Desmond Tutu). There was not a dry eye in the house (including his) as Andy Garcia recounted his memories of leaving his home, Cuba, at the age of 5. Once the…
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Trump Looks Forward to 4% GDP Growth

I take everything Donald Trump says with a grain of salt, including his claim that he believes the US can boost its GDP growth to 4% or even 5% a year.  He’s quoted here saying he really believes it, but I hope it’s just more of his bluster. Why would he think GDP could…
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Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?

Trump is taking heat from the media on his ramblings about whether a leader such as Andrew Jackson could have crafted a compromise to avoid the 620,000 deaths in the Civil War.  The general view seems to be that Trump is crazy for questioning the inevitability and justness of the slaughter.  Of course, everyone knows…
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Interest Groups and Tax Reform

In a recent post in The Beacon, I said that President Trump’s tax reform proposal is a move in the right direction.  But I find part of it very troubling: He wants to keep the mortgage interest deduction and the deduction for charitable contributions for individual taxpayers. Both of these deductions have reasonable justifications,…
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