Ah, the Beauty of Collective Choice

by Don Boudreaux on January 4, 2011

in Other People's Money, Taxes

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.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

Another possibility, of course, is that this poll was conducted in a biased way.

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