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Posted By Don Boudreaux On May 3, 2013 @ 11:33 am In Books,Economics,Energy,Environment,Growth,Health,Hubris and humility,Monetary Policy,Seen and Unseen,Taxes,War | Comments Disabled
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  said “it is in our DNA” to believe “there are no limits on what is possible or what can be achieved.” Obama seems to know better. Certainly his confused — or perhaps calculatedly confusing — words about red lines serve his policy of sensible caution.
Advocates of deploying behavioral-economics to inform government policies should agree with Jonah Goldberg that income-tax-withholding is a scheme that – because it psychologically misleads taxpayers into thinking that the burden they bear from income taxation is lighter than it really is – we can and should do without .
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 George Will is right that Barack Obama is right (if duplicitously so) on the question of whether or not Uncle Sam should intervene in Syria: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-obama-is-right-on-syria/2013/03/29/84390956-b1cf-11e2-bbf2-a6f9e9d79e19_story.html
 Hillary Clinton: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/clinton_cfr_remarks
 George Selgin writes about Dick Timberlake’s new book, Constitutional Money: http://www.freebanking.org/2013/04/26/the-supreme-courts-money/
 Bob Murphy calls Paul Krugman out on the latter’s (in Bob’s apt words) “botched inflation call: http://consultingbyrpm.com/blog/2013/05/krugmans-botched-inflation-call-and-scary-other-country-reference.html
 Advocates of deploying behavioral-economics to inform government policies should agree with Jonah Goldberg that income-tax-withholding is a scheme that – because it psychologically misleads taxpayers into thinking that the burden they bear from income taxation is lighter than it really is – we can and should do without: http://www.aei.org/article/economics/fiscal-policy/taxes/automatic-tax-withholding/?utm_source=today&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=050313
 Art Carden – now guest blogging at EconLog (yes!) – reflects on May Day, economics, and Deirdre McCloskey’s research on bourgeois dignity: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/05/may_day_bourgeo.html
 Mark Perry explains why a gas tax on mileage is a very bad idea: http://www.aei.org/article/economics/fiscal-policy/taxes/gas-tax-on-mileage-shatters-right-to-privacy/?utm_source=today&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=050313
 Tyler Cowen reflects on some reflections on the Oregon Medicaid study: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/05/a-few-remarks-on-the-oregon-medicaid-study.html
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