France Is The Socialist Future We Should Dread

France Is The Socialist Future We Should Dread Op-Ed by Veronique de Rugy A lot of attention and ink are being poured these days in trying to explain to a generation of voters why socialism always fails. Not only does socialism always fail to deliver the economic goods; it is also a source of massive oppression and pain. I get why so many are devoting such amounts of energy to this task. First, the likes of Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and few others have made the notion of…

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How $137 Billion Strangely Disappears

How $137 Billion Strangely Disappears By Veronique de Rugy In fiscal year 2018, $137 billion was paid “improperly” by the federal government, according to a recent report. That number sums all the improper payments by what the government calls high-priority programs. They are programs with improper-payments estimates exceeding $2 billion annually. If it makes your head spin, it should. Always the optimist, I have tried hard to find some good news in this year’s number. I have been tracking such improper payments for a while, and I am happy to…

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Hypocrisy Is Baked Into The Policy Process

Hypocrisy Is Baked Into The Policy Process By Veronique de Rugy I have written in the past about the profound inconsistencies that exist in government. For instance, Congress routinely passes legislation that works against the consequences of existing statutes. A good example is the nest of legislation regulating agriculture. It includes provisions that increase the price of food (e.g., the sugar program) and others that lower the price of food for some buyers (e.g., food stamps). Also, inconsistency exists between the actual effects of many programs and the stated purposes…

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