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PostEconomy, WELFARE IN THE US AND THE EU (John Eipper, USA, 06/09/05 6:59 am)
Gene Franklin writes: I should have made it clear that I meant that increase in GDP is a necessary but not a sufficient means to reach a new or improved social good. For example, if the 'good' is to improve the health care of the very poor and all the money goes to (and stays with by tax cuts) the top 20%, then that good will not be obtained.
If 'redistribution' of wealth is a fantasy, why do we have a progressive income tax? And why did the Bush administration push so hard for upper-bracket tax cuts as well as 'death tax' cuts if not to stem the tide of redistribution?
As for Tim Brown's comment, Perhaps I do not understand economics well enough; I had thought that increased spending WAS reinvesting in the economy. At least I have been reading a lot recently that it is consumer spending that is the engine of the US economy. Did I read it wrong?