Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just One More

Democracy in America takes on the taxpayers receipt. Key take on why this sort of breakdown is probably not going to show up on your payslips any time soon.

The second possibility is that the parties aren't risk-averse here; they actually place a positive value on denying the voters independent accurate information about how the government spends its money. Why might that be? It might be because political parties compete for power by shaping voters' political opinions to their own electoral benefit, and they have more power to shape opinions when the voters aren't getting this sort of information from neutral sources. They might oppose this kind of tax receipt because it diminishes their ability to act as informational gatekeepers between voters and government.


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