Collective Choice from the American Perspective

January 5, 2011

 Here’s a letter to the programming director at MSNBC:

You feature a Reuters’s story reporting that “Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday….  Sixty-one percent of Americans polled would rather see taxes for the wealthy increased as a first step to tackling the deficit, the poll showed.  The next most popular way – chosen by 20 percent – was to cut defense spending (“Poll: Tax the rich to balance the budge,” Jan. 3)

In other words, most Americans want lots of government if other Americans pay for it.

Donald J. Boudreaux