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The Resource We are better than this : how government should spend our money, Edward D. Kleinbard

We are better than this : how government should spend our money, Edward D. Kleinbard

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We are better than this : how government should spend our money
Title
We are better than this
Title remainder
how government should spend our money
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Edward D. Kleinbard
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Language
eng
Summary
'We Are Better Than This' fundamentally reframes budget debates in the United States. Author Edward D. Kleinbard explains how the public's preoccupation with tax policy alone has obscured any understanding of government's ability to complement the private sector through investment and insurance programs that enhance the general welfare and prosperity of our society at large. He argues that when we choose how government should spend and tax, we open a window into our "fiscal soul, " because those choices are the means by which we express the values we cherish and the regard in which we hold our fellow citizens. Though these values are being diminished by short-sighted decisions to starve government, strategic government spending can directly make citizens happier, healthier, and even wealthier. Expertly combining the latest economic research with his insider knowledge of the budget process into a simple yet compelling narrative, he unmasks the tax mythologies and false arguments that too often dominate contemporary discourse about budget policies. Large quantities of comparative data are succinctly distilled to situate the United States among its peer countries, so that readers can judge for themselves whether contemporary budget choices really reflect our aspirational fiscal soul. Kleinbard's presentation takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on economics, finance, law, political science and moral philosophy. He uniquely weaves economic research and moral philosophy together by emphasizing our welfare, not just our national income, and by contrasting the actual beliefs of Adam Smith, a great moral philosopher, with the cartoon version of the man presented by proponents of the most extreme forms of private market triumphalism.--
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Kleinbard, Edward D
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Fiscal policy
  • Finance, Public
  • Government spending policy
  • United States
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We are better than this : how government should spend our money, Edward D. Kleinbard
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [461]-482) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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Contents
I. Our fiscal soul in peril -- 1. The happiness of society -- 2. Our descent from moral philosophy to narcissism -- 3. Our dismal report card -- 4. Inequality defenders, deniers and dissemblers -- 5. The growth fairy -- II. Starving our fiscal soul -- 6. A field guide to false fiscal crises -- 7. An overweight government? -- 8. Are high taxes killing us? -- 9. The hidden hand of government spending -- III. Reclaiming our fiscal soul -- 10. Government investment -- 11. Government as insurer -- 12. From a progressive tax to progressive fiscal system -- 13. The better base case -- 14. We are better than this
Control code
FIEb1771591x
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 509 pages
Isbn
9780199332243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Uk)016821640
  • (OCoLC)903164040
Label
We are better than this : how government should spend our money, Edward D. Kleinbard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [461]-482) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. Our fiscal soul in peril -- 1. The happiness of society -- 2. Our descent from moral philosophy to narcissism -- 3. Our dismal report card -- 4. Inequality defenders, deniers and dissemblers -- 5. The growth fairy -- II. Starving our fiscal soul -- 6. A field guide to false fiscal crises -- 7. An overweight government? -- 8. Are high taxes killing us? -- 9. The hidden hand of government spending -- III. Reclaiming our fiscal soul -- 10. Government investment -- 11. Government as insurer -- 12. From a progressive tax to progressive fiscal system -- 13. The better base case -- 14. We are better than this
Control code
FIEb1771591x
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 509 pages
Isbn
9780199332243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Uk)016821640
  • (OCoLC)903164040

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