Center on Wealth & Poverty

The Remarkable Dr. Ayau

The true scholar is inherently incapable of running anything. By temperament, he loathes the very concept of authority and, even more, the idea of exercising authority himself. Consequently our faculty is limited to its proper functions: teaching and research in that order. Students participate in governance the same way that customers participate in the governance of Macy’s: If they don’t Read More ›

Tax Shell Game

If a politician does not vote to extend or make permanent the 2003 Bush tax cuts that are now set to expire at the end of 2010, is he or she voting for a tax increase? Most Republicans will say “yes” and most Democrats will say “no.” When it comes to tax increases, all too many Democrats, sounding like Bill Read More ›

Forecast Fault Lines

Would you trust your life to U.S. government forecasts? The 2006 federal government fiscal year ended Sept. 30 with a deficit of $248 billion, which was $175 billion, or 71 percent smaller than that forecast by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in February of this year, a mere eight months earlier. The Clinton administration failed to predict the Read More ›

Paying To Be Coerced

Would you be outraged if you knew your taxpayer dollars were being used to lobby for more government subsidies and higher taxes? Well you should be, because that is exactly what is happening. Over the years there have been many cases of government agencies lobbying Congress for more funds and/or higher taxes. As a result of earlier abuses, Congress prohibited Read More ›

The Turtle War

GRAND CAYMAN, the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm. — If people were not allowed to own chickens and if chicken eggs and meat could not be legally sold, how many chickens would there be? The reason chickens, cattle, catfish, and goldfish are not endangered is because they are owned by private parties, bred and raised in captivity, and sold for commercial Read More ›

Real Do-gooders

If you wanted to become really rich, yet at the same time help your fellow man, what would you do? There is no contradiction. The answer is — start a business — where you provide employment to others and also provide a new or improved good or service, or an existing good or service at a lower price. Thomas Edison Read More ›

European Job-Killing Machine

Assume you were a graduate student trying to make as much money as possible during the summer. You obtain a job at a resort, and you ask the manager the maximum number of hours he will allow you to work. He says you can work seven hour shifts without a break other than for necessities, with 10 hours between shifts, Read More ›

Who Is the Freest of All?

ALPBACH, Austria. — They claim here that great mountains lead to great thoughts, and they even have a path named “The Thinkers Walk.” And indeed some of the greatest economic thinkers of all time did walk and enjoy the Austrian Alps. The Austrian School of thought produced two of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Ludwig von Mises Read More ›

How Would You Spend $3 Trillion?

The world’s bureaucratic elites, including the United Nations, are demanding that the rich nations spend 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product on development aid. This is more than $300 billion a year, or well over $3 trillion over the next decade. The demand for such huge funds is given as the main rationale for global taxes to be levied Read More ›

Tax Cut Revenue Rewards

Many in the Washington establishment were shocked Aug. 17, when the Congressional Budget Office reported a surge of “unanticipated tax receipts” that will sharply push down this year’s deficit. Those who had been proclaiming the Bush tax rate cuts would result in a big reduction in tax revenues tried to hide their disappointment. It was tough being proved wrong again Read More ›