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Big government exacerbates
inequality, economist argues

Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney

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Posted By:grace52, 1/16/2014 2:56:17 PM

When liberals start talking about inequality, it´s nearly always in pursuit of more government. They take for granted that a free market makes inequality worse and Big Government programs are needed to mitigate it. This argument appears flawed in many ways. For one thing, inequality in and of itself -- as separated from the problems of poverty and immobility -- might be harmful only when that inequality is created by cronyism. Also, the Left's economic policies can exacerbate inequality as often as they can shrink it. Republican economist David Malpass makes that argument today in the Wall Street Journal:

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Big government exacerbates
inequality, economist argues
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/16/2014 2:56:17 PM     Post Reply
When liberals start talking about inequality, it´s nearly always in pursuit of more government. They take for granted that a free market makes inequality worse and Big Government programs are needed to mitigate it. This argument appears flawed in many ways. For one thing, inequality in and of itself -- as separated from the problems of poverty and immobility -- might be harmful only when that inequality is created by cronyism. Also, the Left's economic policies can exacerbate inequality as often as they can shrink it. Republican economist David Malpass makes that argument today in the Wall Street Journal:

   

 

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