Thursday, March 12, 2009

Do Americans Secretly Harbor Big Government Desires?

That's the question Walter Shapiro attempts to answer and he answers in the affirmative.  I agree with this assertion and disagree simultaneously.  Most Americans support any number of "big government" interventions or programs with one very important caveat, it doesn't affect them by either depriving them of choices or their money in the form of increased taxation.  Reconciling these competing stances is what politicians are tasked to do and they typically don't succeed, in large part because it is impossible.  The biggest byproduct of this cognitive dissonance is our completely screwed up tax code which is everybody's preferred vehicle for enacting this or that social program which is ostensibly for lower income folks but the value of any "social program" related deduction correlates with one's tax rate.

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