Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(Re-Post): If You Know Your American History, this is Not Surprising

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Re-post: Scrolling through some posts and landed on this excellent article.  Given my medical situation, I thought I'd go ahead and re-post it today.

Original post 4/17/14:  In a recent Washington Post article, Michigan State political scientists Matt Grossmann discussed the results of his recent historical work on domestic policy law-making in the US since 1945.  He finds, not surprisingly, that the large majority of domestic policies passed by Congress since then are liberal rather than conservative in nature.  Sixty percent of policies passed during this period have expanded, rather than reduced, the scope of government spending, regulation, and/or responsibility, whereas only 20% of such policies reduced the scope of government power.  Here's an excerpt from Grossmann's excellent article:
These trends are not a product of the unique perspective of policy historians. Other scholars’ analyses of major laws identified by journalists find similar results but even less conservative lawmaking. Liberal policies are self-reinforcing because they create beneficiaries who act as constituencies for their continuation and expansion. Policy debates center on what additional actions government should take, not whether to discontinue existing roles.  [Emphasis Marc Street].
This is a definite must-read article.  [ht: Chris Edwards, Cato-@-Liberty]