In the recent debate about the 47% of Americans who pay no income tax, progressives have narrowly argued that these Americans pay other kinds of taxes. The bigger truth is that 96% of Americans rely on some type of federal assistance at some point in their lives. This piece from the New York Times sheds light on the deeper reality:
Throughout our lives, almost all of us help sustain government social policies through our tax dollars and, at some point, almost all of us directly benefit from these policies. Because ideology influences how we view our own and others’ use of government, Mr. Romney’s remarks may resonate with those who think of themselves as “producers” rather than “moochers”—to use Ayn Rand’s distinction. But this distinction fails to capture the way Americans really experience government. Instead of dividing us, our experiences as both makers and takers ought to bind us in a community of shared sacrifice and mutual support.
We are closely watching the Proposition 30 debate in California. Organizations and leaders are rallying behind the ballot measure, which would increase funding for schools and public safety by enacting temporary sales and income tax increases. In many ways the … Continue reading
Typical conversations about government’s role in the economy are based in the false idea that the economy is an independent, natural force that functions best when left alone, i.e., free. In this worldview government action should only be a last … Continue reading
A new initiative from the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization OMB Watch caught our attention recently. Check out this video launching their Invest in America campaign and find out how you can join in the fun.
Last month, Gallup released a poll showing that trust in the federal government’s ability to handle international problems had reached a nine-year high. “At 66%, more Americans now express solid trust in the federal government to handle international problems than … Continue reading
We loved this article by a Brookings fellow that went well beyond debate politics and actually explained why the federal government should defend and financially support Big Bird: First and foremost, one of the main priorities of government should be … Continue reading
At Public Works we get frustrated with the constant assumption that somehow the private and public sectors are competing entities and when you take from one you give an equal amount to the other. Nothing could be further from the … Continue reading