Fergus Hodgson (page 10)

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    A budget triumph: Canada’s recent past

    In 1993, Canada's federal debt was equal to 67 percent of the nation's annual economic output, and in 1995 the Wall Street Journal called it an honorary member of the third world. How times have changed. By 2009, that level of debt had fallen to 29 percent of economic output, and Canada's debt appears to be far more manageable than that of the United States. So how did they do it?
    Fergus Hodgson, August 24, 2011
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    Countering busybodies against lemonade stands

    Last weekend, people from across the country came together to disobey the lunacy of permit requirements for lemonade stands. You could be forgiven for not realizing such activity was illegal, even on private property, but some authoritarians see no end to their legitimacy. Lemonade Freedom Day organizers sought to bring attention to the imposition on innocent children, hounded for engaging in productive enterprise. The motto of the day: "Selling lemonade is not a crime." This young girl knows what it's about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpDJ52xj3aU
    Fergus Hodgson, August 23, 2011
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    Immigration enforcement already impotent

    The latest from the White House is that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is going to halt some deportation proceedings, and media outlets have reported this as though it will have a meaningful impact. As I've pointed out before, the process of deportation is a shambles and a waste of resources. An immigration charge necessitates at least twenty forms for the officer, and hearings face greater than one-year backlogs. Then only 41 percent of defendants show up.
    Fergus Hodgson, August 19, 2011
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    O’er the Land of the 39 Percent Free

    I hope you enjoyed last weekend, because Friday didn’t mark just the end of your working week; it also marked the annual Cost of Government Day. According to Americans for Tax Reform, each U.S. resident works 224 days to pay for the cost of government, including spending and…
    Fergus Hodgson, August 18, 2011
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    More evidence for tax flight

    Last week I affirmed the existence of tax flight, the negative impact that tax burdens have on migration flows. A few collectivist policy institutes, both in North Carolina and at the national level, want to deny this relationship, but the evidence just keeps coming in. http://youtu.be/agbFIVqU94o
    Fergus Hodgson, August 15, 2011
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    Sexually Biased Insurance Mandates: Concealed Taxes Set to Backfire

    Claims that the new federal mandates will save money, improve women's health, and reduce unwanted pregnancies are naive or disingenuous. In my weekly column with The Future of Freedom Foundation, I note that insurers, not politicians, know best how to conduct preventive care to reduce costs while still pleasing customers. The mandated coverage will, in fact, raise costs and impose an economic outcome comparable to straight taxation and universal provision.
    Fergus Hodgson, August 11, 2011