The current U.S. tax code is over one million words in length, and it changes almost daily—over 5,000 times from 2001 to 2010. Because it is so voluminous and mutable, it places a large economic burden on American citizens. It also encourages crony capitalism, which is a threat to free enterprise and to a free society.


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Michael J. Clark is assistant professor of economics at Hillsdale College. He earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University.