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Volume 22  Number 4  •  Spring 2018
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Who Is the Forgotten Man (and Woman) on the Fiscal Commons?
By Jody W. Lipford, Bruce Yandle
This article appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of The Independent Review

Pioneering sociologist William Graham Sumner conjured up the image of the ‘forgotten man’—the citizen who quietly pays a lot to government but gets little in return. Some have invoked this concept to explain Donald Trump’s presidential victory, but today’s true forgotten man (and woman) isn’t the current taxpayer, but rather the future taxpayer stuck with the tab for the U.S. government’s recent borrowing spree.

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Other Independent Review articles by Jody W. Lipford
    Spring 2012   Taxpayers and Tax Spenders
    Spring 2007   Adam Smith’s Roles for Government and Contemporary U.S. Roles
    Winter 2004   Armageddon Averted
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Other Independent Review articles by Bruce Yandle
    Spring 2018   The Bureaucrat Kings
    Spring 2016   Stagnation by Regulation in America’s Kudzu Economy
    Summer 2013   How Earth Day Triggered Environmental Rent Seeking
[View All (11)]







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