This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week: A lot of Americans are aware that their tax dollars subsidize cotton farmers. However, it’s unlikely that many Americans are aware that their tax dollars are now supporting cotton farmers in Brazil. Chris Edwards released an updated version of his Plan […]

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‘Birther’ Duo of Trump and Corsi Immune to Evidence

Donald Trump is not the only person who can claim credit, if that is the right word, for prompting President Obama to release the official, long form of his birth certificate yesterday. Another factor behind the decision was probably the pending release on May 17 of Jerome Corsi’s latest book, Where’s the Birth Certificate? Here’s […]

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Dodging the High-Speed Bullet Train

President Obama’s dream of connecting 80 percent of Americans to a high-speed rail line appears to be dead. Congress appropriated $8 billion for high-speed rail in the 2009 stimulus bill and $2 billion more in the 2010 appropriations bill. But, after newly elected governors of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin rejected high-speed rail projects in those […]

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Tina Brown and the Economics of Recession

Talking about royal weddings on NPR, Tina Brown says that there’s high unemployment in Britain, as there was in 1981, because of Conservative governments’ budget cuts (transcript edited to match broadcast): Of course, the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana occurred three decades ago, but Brown points out that there are plenty of similarities between […]

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Ensuring that Indiana’s New Voucher Program Lives up to Budgetary Expectations

A new voucher program in Indiana looks likely to be signed by Gov. Daniels soon, but without a slight modification it may not have the benign budgetary impact that is expected. As written, the program could have a significant negative impact on state finances if families claim both the vouchers and funds from the state’s […]

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You Look Mahvelous

“Bijan Pakzad, an extravagant fashion designer and boutique owner who happily and unabashedly made wealthy men look rich, feel rich and smell rich,” has died, reports the Washington Post. Mr. Pakzad explained that he catered to customers who “normally aren’t concerned about inflation.” His slogan — “the costliest men’s wear in the world” — helped his […]

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You Look Mahvelous

“Bijan Pakzad, an extravagant fashion designer and boutique owner who happily and unabashedly made wealthy men look rich, feel rich and smell rich,” has died, reports the Washington Post. Mr. Pakzad explained that he catered to customers who “normally aren’t concerned about inflation.” His slogan — “the costliest men’s wear in the world” — helped his […]

You Look Mahvelous is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

More on AEP v. Connecticut: Sue the Butterflies or Regulate Them?

During Tuesday’s oral arguments in American Electric Power v. Connecticut—the global warming lawsuit that Walter Olson recently discussed here and Ilya Shapiro here, and in which Cato filed amicus briefs at both the certiorari stage and the merits stage—the justices concentrated their inquiries on a few technical legal doctrines in order to answer one question: […]

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Education ‘Savings’ Accounts Have Same Problems as Regular Vouchers

I really hate to disagree with people that I both like and have tremendous respect for, but a new voucher program that passed recently in Arizona has been getting a lot of attention, and a few points need to be addressed. The program is referred to as an Education “Savings” Account, although the accounts are […]

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Lobbying Wolves on the Prowl

The other day I noted that the budget cuts agreed to last week contained lots of familiar faces. Many of the agencies and programs getting a trim were also cut in 1995 in a rescissions package put together by Gingrich Republicans. In the fifteen intervening years, federal spending exploded across the board, which means that […]

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