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College Graduates Are the New Favored Class of Democratic Largesse

Libertarian Institute, November 28, 2022 College Graduates Are the New Favored Class of Democratic Largesse by Jim Bovard When Americans make lists of the persecuted, downtrodden groups in our society, college graduates rarely top the ranking. But President Joe Biden is offering one bribe after another to convert college graduates into perpetual dependents of the […]

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Industrial Policy Returns, Prior Pratfalls Notwithstanding

American Institute for Economic Research, November 22, 2022 Industrial Policy Returns, Prior Pratfalls Notwithstanding James Bovard Jubilation erupted in Washington this summer as industrial policy came back into fashion. Congress passed Biden-backed legislation known as the CHIPS Act to spend $52 billion subsidizing semiconductor production. But the new law is a reminder that politicians prosper […]

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Biden, Our Boneheaded Chip Czar

Libertarian Institute, November 2, 2022 Biden, Our Boneheaded Chip Czar by Jim Bovard Jubilation erupted in Washington this summer as politicians lurched towards commandeering a key swath of the American economy. Congress passed Biden-backed legislation known as the Chip Act to spend $52 billion subsidizing semiconductor production. A Washington Post headline hailed “a big month […]

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Biden’s Rescue Act Targets Americans’ Freedoms

Biden’s Rescue Act Targets Americans’ Freedoms by James Bovard Since the 1800s, surly Americans have derided politicians for spending tax dollars “like drunken sailors.” Until recently, that was considered a grave character fault. But Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act shows that inebriated spending is now the path to national salvation. It was a common […]

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Will the Pandemic Promote Political Power in Perpetuity?

American Institute for Economic Research, May 26, 2021 Will the Pandemic Promote Political Power in Perpetuity? James Bovard “It’s like we created another industry in our state. The amount of money is staggering,” Andrew Schaufele, director of Maryland’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates, happily declared last week. The Biden stimulus plan is deluging governments across America […]

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What the ‘Dumpster Fire’ D.C. Metro Says About Federal Bureaucracy

The American Conservative What the ‘Dumpster Fire’ D.C. Metro Says About Federal Bureaucracy City council just voted to impose a 500 percent tax hike on Uber and Lyft. Really? By James Bovard • July 10, 2018 The Washington D.C. Metro.(Credit: Thomas Hawk/Flickr/Creative Commons The District of Columbia Council voted in June to impose a tax […]

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USA TODAY: Hurricane Harvey Proves Federal Flood Subsidies Must End

USA TODAY Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You’re next Florida) James Bovard, Opinion columnist Sept. 1, 2017 The ‘flood-build-repeat’ model, so popular among re-election-seeking members of Congress, must come to an end. Hurricane Harvey, which battered Texas over the past week, offers the clearest lesson why Congress […]

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