Following up my column in today’s National Post about China’s perilous moment on the world stage, I note that the New York Times has a lengthy piece today about China’s increasing financial and economic assertiveness, often in troubled parts of the world and capitalizing on reckless anti-Western sentiment in nations that have badly mishandled their own affairs.
In my latest National Post column I argue for trying the best imaginable government welfare system, the Negative Income Tax, in order to learn the bitter lesson that government welfare doesn’t fail when money doesn’t reach the intended beneficiaries but when it does reach them.
Just kidding. Yes, the Fraser Institute’s annual calculation reveals that June 10 is indeed Tax Freedom Day this year. But we’re nearly halfway through this year and this magnificent event is a day later than last year.
I’m constantly hearing how some heartless administration has slashed this, gutted that, neoliberalism is rampant, Occupy is protesting, we need a national strategy, it’s time to restore our faith in government and so on. Then you turn around and find the blob hasn’t gotten any smaller.
Maybe it’s time some conservative party in power somewhere actually, you know, made government smaller the way we keep hearing that conservatives do.
My latest National Post column takes aim at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for buying into a false historical account that undermines its otherwise commendable effort to get from truth to reconciliation.
My criticisms of unrealism in aboriginal policy have opened me to predictable accusations of bigotry. But the reverse is true. Nowhere is frank talk more desperately needed because nowhere in Canada is policy a worse mess and it is aboriginals who suffer most even from well-meaning nonsense.
In my latest Policy Options post I ask why Rick Perry is running for President again. Then I realize I don’t want to know.