Via International Liberty:  Studies indicate that higher taxes lead to less economic growth.  As Dan Mitchell puts it, the Tax Foundation

reviews the academic research on taxes and growth and doesn’t find a single study supporting the notion that higher tax rates are good for prosperity.

. . .

Twenty-three studies found a negative relationship between taxes and growth, by contrast, while three studies didn’t find any relationship.

For those keeping score at home, that’s a score of 0-23-3 . . . .

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I was talking with a couple of friends recently about how (in my experience) liberals and conservatives use Facebook differently.  The vast majority of political commentary that comes across my news feed is from my liberal friends, not conservatives, and much of it is snide or flippant.  Just for example, at the moment, my feed includes (on the one hand) one Christian suggesting that Obama is attacking Christianity, and (on the other hand)

  • a liberal relaying a “No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom'” picture,
  • a liberal posting a snide Tina Fey quote about Sarah Palin,

Correlation ≠ Causation

November 25, 2011

In light of past conversations in the comments section of this blog, I have to share this:  Via the Swiss Economist, I give you Web comic XKCD’s meta-humor about the limits of human knowledge.

Case Closed

June 4, 2010

As someone who has more than once wondered what is true and whether (and with how much certainty) it is even possible to know, I was interested to learn that three factual claims I had heard Mark Steyn and other commentators make in the past have now been confirmed by longtime liberal bastion The New York Times and more-or-less liberal “newsmagazine” Time:

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