Comments: more on categorizing Republicans

Regarding Type 3s and Taxes - How do you respond to the assertion that many people favor lower taxes not to line their own pockets but to free personal income for the purpose of good works, i.e. more money to charities, etc. Not strictly a supply-side argument, but one which (well-meaningly) rejects the notion that _government_ is best able to deal with social ills?

Posted by Rob at January 30, 2004 12:00 PM

My answer is "If we did that, the amount subsequently given to charities would asymptotically approach jack-squat." I don't have much to back that up, though, other than my own cynical view of human/American nature--I'm pretty sure that if you, say, dismantled welfare and gave everyone a corresponding tax cut, you'd see very little of it go back into charitable giving of any sort. But the only way to know for sure would be to try it.

Posted by Carl at January 30, 2004 12:15 PM

So I guess you'd still consider those well-meaning-cut-my-taxes-so-I-can-give-more-money-to-my-Church as Flim-Flammed, right?

Posted by Rob at January 30, 2004 05:06 PM

With the qualifier "well-meaning," yes. There are also Evil folks who just use it as a meme to justify lower taxes (paging Grover Norquist). But I'm sure there are people who would genuinely donate something to their church or some other specific charitable entity, but underestimate the size and scope of public entitlement programs, and overestimate the willingness of their fellow Americans to give.

Posted by Carl at January 30, 2004 05:29 PM

So to be fair you should give a corresponding Four Types of Democrats chart...

Posted by Rob at January 31, 2004 07:14 AM