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Makers and Takers
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Stephen Moore, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million)....It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.

I'm a little skeptical of these occupational categories — they are dreamed up and counted by the same government workers Mr. Moore derides. If American workers design medical devices or write software, they are still "makers," even if the end products are stamped out in overseas factories. Still, it's a sobering piece.

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Buffett and Taxes
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The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore has a piece under the headline "Warren Buffett Is Wrong On Taxes." Great piece, but even Mr. Moore overstates the taxes that Mr. Buffett will pay. Mr. Moore writes:

Mr. Buffett owns about one-quarter of his investment company Berkshire Hathaway, and his shares are worth about $38 billion. This wealth is mostly stored in what are technically called "unrealized capital gains." Eventually when those gains are converted into income, he will pay a capital gains tax.

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Hayek Versus Keynes
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Partly because I was invited by Harold Evans, and partly because the event had a tie-in with the new book Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics, by my former New York Sun colleague Nicholas Wapshott, and partly because there aren't that many Hayek events in New York, I ventured out last night for a Thomson Reuters-sponsored debate between Keynesians and Hayekians.

John Cassidy of the New Yorker was there representing the Keynes side, though he said he could have represented Hayek as well. He called Hayek "one of the most important economists of the 20th Century," but said "on macroeconomics he got things completely wrong." He said even Rep. Paul Ryan, who argued for tax cuts in 2001 on the grounds that they would "juice the economy," was a Keynesian.

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Hayek Versus Keynes
futureofcapitalism.com

Partly because I was invited by Harold Evans, and partly because the event had a tie-in with the new book Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics, by my former New York Sun colleague Nicholas Wapshott, and partly because there aren't that many Hayek events in New York, I ventured out last night for a Thomson Reuters-sponsored debate between Keynesians and Hayekians.

John Cassidy of the New Yorker was there representing the Keynes side, though he said he could have represented Hayek as well. He called Hayek "one of the most important economists of the 20th Century," but said "on macroeconomics he got things completely wrong." He said even Rep. Paul Ryan, who argued for tax cuts in 2001 on the grounds that they would "juice the economy," was a Keynesian.

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Buffett and Taxes
futureofcapitalism.com

The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore has a piece under the headline "Warren Buffett Is Wrong On Taxes." Great piece, but even Mr. Moore overstates the taxes that Mr. Buffett will pay. Mr. Moore writes:

Mr. Buffett owns about one-quarter of his investment company Berkshire Hathaway, and his shares are worth about $38 billion. This wealth is mostly stored in what are technically called "unrealized capital gains." Eventually when those gains are converted into income, he will pay a capital gains tax.

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Makers and Takers
futureofcapitalism.com

Stephen Moore, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million)....It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.

I'm a little skeptical of these occupational categories — they are dreamed up and counted by the same government workers Mr. Moore derides. If American workers design medical devices or write software, they are still "makers," even if the end products are stamped out in overseas factories. Still, it's a sobering piece.

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