Shrinking Government By Paying For It

Andrew Sullivan —  Nov 18 2011 @ 10:14am

Steven Hayward wants to reform the GOP. Among his ideas:

Requiring the American people to actually pay for all of the government they receive is, as [William] Niskanen and others have convincingly argued, the most effective way to limit its growth. Right now the anti-tax bias of the Right results in shifting costs onto future generations who do not vote in today's elections, and enables liberals to defend against spending restraints very cheaply. Instead of starving the beast, conservatives should serve the check.

(Hat tip: The Browser.)