Monday, August 15, 2005

"Diet Pork" in Washington? Food for thought!

Robin Hanson proposed the following way to reduce wasteful government programs aka. pork.

Allow federal tax rates to vary by congressional district. Given this, taxes would suddenly become a concentrated benefit. Incumbents could brag about how much lower taxes were in their district, and challengers could complain how high they were. Incumbents would have clear incentives to trade votes to get taxes lowered in their district.
With "diet pork" on the menu, politicians would have a healthier way to feed their need for concentrated benefits.

In other words, there would be an incentive to reduce "local federal taxes", which presumably would reduce federal revenue, and possibly federal spending, as well.


Friday, August 12, 2005

And so it began...