March 21st, 2005 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Mar. 21st, 2005
Via Cafe Hayek
May 18, 1995
From the Wall Street Journal, 5-18-95, Reprinted in The Libertarian Reader, David Boaz, editor, Free Press, 1997
If You're Paying, I'll Have Top Sirloin
by Russell Roberts
As Congress prepares to try to cut spending, I am reminded of an evening last fall at the St. Louis Repertory Theater, our local company. Before the curtain rose, the company's director appeared and encouraged us to vote against a ballot proposition to limit state taxes. He feared it would lead to reduced funding for the company.
I turned to the woman sitting next to me and asked her if she felt guilty knowing that her ticket was subsidized by some farmer in the "boot-heel" of Missouri. No, she answered, he's probably getting something, too. She seemed to be implying that somehow, it all evened out.
I left her alone, but I wanted to say, no it doesn't even out. If it "evened out" for everybody, then government spending would really be depressing: all that money shuffled around, all those people working at the IRS, all those marginal tax rates discouraging work effort just to get everybody to get the same deal.
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