100th Post

Well, this is the first one of hopefully a great many celebratory posts. Didn’t take us too long to reach this goal. In doing so we got about 1000 visits – not too bad either but obviously plenty of potential to increase that number!

Major problem: We still haven’t quite found what this is gonna be about.

Movie reviews? Did that, a couple of times.

YouTube Videos? Did that, too. Quite often, in fact.

Dan Mitchell? Just kidding, obviously, but looking at how often I’ve written about this guy one might become a little suspicious. 😉

Ron Paul got his fair share of mentions, too. Still, his time in the limelight is more or less over. Sure, we’ll still post about what his up to – not because the mainstream media cares but because we care.

Biggest success, obviously, was the whole homeschooling thing we had going for a while back in the beginning of April.

Personal favourite? Probably this one because I feel like it’s the one post where I added the most value.

So yeah, where do we go from here? We’re under no pressure to please anyone apart from ourselves. No need to regularly post either (though I try to do that whenever possible). This isn’t a commercial project and won’t be anytime in the foreseeable future (personally I consider the odds of this just dying slowly far higher).

Let us know what you liked best, of what you’d like more and of what you’d like less. 😉

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More Mitchell

Another clip, which I’m sure is great – I’ll find out myself in about 20 hours, I guess. Just so we can keep up the “at least one post a day” thing we’ve got going here, I’ll already post it today.

If Poland joins…

We might suddenly start looking at a much more promising future. Cato’s Dan Mitchell reports:

Meanwhile, the Polish government already has promised to implement a flat tax, but a key official has suggested that the new system may be implemented in 2009 rather than in 2010 or 2011 as originally planned. Because of its size and geography, Poland’s shift to a flat tax would be a momentous development and could sharply increase the pressure for pro-growth reforms in Old Europe

Now, we’re obviously still pretty far away from getting Germany and France to join the club – probably even Britain will be quite some time. However, what I could see happening here is countries like Austria, Luxembourg, maybe even Belgium (not entirely sure how their ethnic troubles might play into that – not give the central government any money? Don’t feel confident commenting on that one…) joining. They have progressive privacy laws in terms of banking and they are fairly pro-free-market – at least when compared to Germany and France. What could also happen – and I know I’m merely daydreaming here – is Italy joining. In a mad moment and with tons of luck, they might pass it and then we could potentially see some real results there and finally the big, lazy ones would be forced to join too (even though considering the size of Italy’s grey/black market I’m not sure how big the effect would be).

For the time being, let’s just hope more and more Swiss cantons join and Switzerland can lead the way like they do on many issues – highlighting to the rest of Europe (and especially those countries within the EU) that, yeah, there is indeed a better way to do business.

This Can’t Be True

Once again, Mr Mitchell makes my day. He points out the following two hilarious-if-terribly-sad stories:

First, the Times reports:

An award-winning winemaker whose wares are sold at the royal palaces is facing a £30,000 bill after European bureaucrats ruled that he was using the wrong-shaped bottles.

Jerry Schooler, who sells 400,000 bottles of fruit wines and mead a year, has been threatened with prosecution over his determination to use traditional measurements.

The proprietor of the Lurgashall Winery in West Sussex, has been told to halt the sale of beverages such as mead, silver birch wine and bramble liqueur in 75cl and 37.5cl bottles. If he continues to sell them, he could be taken to court under a new EU directive that permits the sale of such products in 70cl, 50cl or 35cl measures only.

And then, the Sun has the following story:

A Brussels ruling has banned local services longer than 30 miles to ensure drivers don’t spend too long at the wheel.

As a result, drivers have to pull in as they hit that limit and order everyone OFF their bus.

They then change the route number on the front and invite passengers to jump back ON before resuming the trip.

And:

Passengers must buy three tickets and break their journey twice.

Managing director Mark Howarth said: “It’s a farce. We have to kick customers off as soon as the driver hits the 30-mile limit.

“Often it’s in the middle of nowhere. Passengers think we’re crazy.

 

Well, the first one sounds stupid – almost all wine bottles round here are sold in 75cl bottles. So something must’ve gone wrong there even though I consider the Times far more trustworthy than the Sun. Second one, I’m also inclined to not exactly take it seriously. It is, after all, the Sun that’s reporting it. That one seems, surprisingly enough, a bit more convincing though.

One can find some proper reasons for it – if one were to think real hard and consider that the EU probably didn’t quite think it through.

Anyway, certainly makes for a good laugh. 😉

More stuff “inspired” by Mitchell here, here and here.

 

Laffer Curve: Final Part

Last part:

Yeah, I still love this guy. 😉

Earlier parts can be found here.

Oh my…

There’s sabre-rattling, bitching and moaning – and then there’s this:

The vast majority of European countries – all those that lose out because of the existence of these tax havens – should unite in a determined effort to end these countries’ ability to offer safety to tax evaders by granting anonymity, confidentiality and secrecy. The exact modalities may differ from case to case. Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man should simply be absorbed lock, stock and barrel into the UK, with English laws, rules and regulations applying across the board. The special status of these strange entities is not cute; it’s an enabler and facilitator of unethical and illegal behaviour. The EU should adopt a directive on bank secrecy that would end the nefarious practices of Luxembourg and Austria. Belgian dentists will just have to get used to paying taxes. Andorra, Monaco and Liechtenstein should be given the choice of ending bank secrecy or facing annexation (by France and (once it abandons its bank secrecy laws) Austria respectively).

Right. Let’s start killing people over taxes. Great idea, Mr Buiter.

As Mr Mitchell notes, he’s not quite as aggressive when talking about Switzerland:

But he is much less bellicose in the case of Switzerland, perhaps because every able-bodied male is a member of the militia and possesses a fully-automatic machine gun.

Good thing they decided to keep their air force, eh?

In another vote on Sunday, the Swiss overwhelmingly rejected a ban on training flights by the Swiss Air Force over tourist areas.
The people’s initiative, launched by an environmental group, was aimed at silencing the noise of fighter jets in these areas.
Nearly seven out of ten voters and all 26 cantons rejected the proposal.

Mitchell’s at it again

I just love this guy. 😉

Here’s part one on the Laffer Curve:

You might also want to check out Mitchell on tax competition and cutting the US corporate tax rate.