Tax and Spend

Tax and Spend

The Welfare State, Tax Politics, and the Limits of American Liberalism

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Taxes dominate contemporary American politics. Yet while many rail against big government, few Americans are prepared to give up the benefits they receive from the state. In Tax and Spend, historian Molly C. Michelmore examines an unexpected source of this contradiction and shows why many Americans have come to hate government but continue to demand the security it provides. Tracing the development of taxing and spending policy over the course of the twentieth century, Michelmore uncovers the origins of today's antitax and antigovernment politics in choices made by liberal state builders in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. By focusing on two key instruments of twentieth-century economic and social policy, Aid to Families with Dependent Children and the federal income tax, Tax and Spend explains the antitax logic that has guided liberal policy makers since the earliest days of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. Grounded in careful archival research, this book reveals that the liberal social compact forged during the New Deal, World War II, and the postwar years included not only generous social benefits for the middle class--including Social Security, Medicare, and a host of expensive but hidden state subsidies--but also a commitment to preserve low taxes for the majority of American taxpayers ... -- Book Description.
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780812243888
0812243889
9780812222999
0812222997
Characteristics: 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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