Why Government Won’t Shrink


Just put this in the file of “I’m for the bill as long as I don’t pay.”

Under Rep. Darrell Issa’s bill, the 40 percent discount that nonprofits have been getting for the postage rates on their mailings since Congress authorized it in 1951 would be reduced by 5 percent a year, and to 10 percent after six years.

Advocates for nonprofits say they support all the proposed changes, except for the nonprofit provision.

As far as I know, this has nothing to do with Left vs. Right.  Just big vs. small.  Me vs. they.

Gross.

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2 comments
  1. Mancur Olson, a political economist, wrote “The Rise and Decline of Nations” back in 1984:
    http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Decline-Nations-Stagflation-Rigidities/dp/0300030797/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313687540&sr=1-1

    His thesis remains valid — stability and prosperity lead to rigidities and a desire of interest groups to get more benefits for themselves and not to give any up. Ultimately this inflexibility leads to economic decline. He also does a compelling job of transcending the Keynesian vs. Monetarism debate by integrating both of them (which only makes sense, there is both a supply side and a demand side).

    • pino said:

      His thesis remains valid — stability and prosperity lead to rigidities and a desire of interest groups to get more benefits for themselves and not to give any up. Ultimately this inflexibility leads to economic decline.

      This is true. True of all of ’em: Oil, farm, unemployment, any program really.

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