Freeman

August 1987

Volume 37, 1987

FEATURES

A Balanced Budget Amendment

AUGUST 01, 1987 by HANS SENNHOLZ

he federal government has but two ways to balance its budget: raise taxes or reduce expenditures. The former is easy; anyone can contrive new levies. But new taxes may bring forth the wrath of those who are to bear them, which may spell political defeat to the legislators who impose them. A reduction in expenditures may be equally dangerous. To slash popular entitlements and transfer benefits may amount to political suicide.

Which Liberalism?

AUGUST 01, 1987 by TYLER COWEN
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