Apr 17, 2012

Actually, We Call It "The Tragedy of the Commons," But This Isn't It

Phil Hands, 4/16/12:
This cartoon might, perhaps, make a clear political point if we knew exactly who that guy represents.

Is he Big Business, lobbying Congress to give him ever-more tax breaks?

Or is he J. Random Taxpayer, pigging out on the mortgage deduction and increased allowances for his growing number of children?

Or is he supposed to be Congress itself, which is the only body that actually can "eat all it wants" of the tax breaks and credits that it creates by law?

I wonder if Hands knows which he is? Maybe, if we ask nicely, he'll tell us.

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