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 By Stephen Mihm    Commentary    February 9, 2017

Why Presidents Lose So Many Wars On Big Government

Donald Trump’s recent flurry of executive orders mandates that for every new regulation issued by any agency, two must be eliminated. This comes on top of a federal hiring freeze and vows to reduce administrative bloat and otherwise force the...

 
 By Stephen Mihm    Commentary    April 28, 2016

Andrew Jackson Never Wanted to Be On the $20 Bill Anyway

The announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that Harriet Tubman will take the place of Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill has caused some grumbling. Senator Lamar Alexander, who like Jackson is from Tennessee, expressed grave misgivings...

 
 By Stephen Mihm    Commentary    April 21, 2016

Tax-Code Reform, Not Customer Service, is the Answer to IRS Problems

This probably will beggar belief for the millions of Americans struggling to meet this year’s April 18 deadline to file their income tax returns, but the IRS says it has gotten better at handling taxpayer questions. Two years ago, only 38 percent...