Starve the Beast
Origins and Development of a Budgetary Metaphor
By Bruce Bartlett
This article appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of The Independent Review
Coined by fiscal conservatives, the term starve the beast became a popular metaphor for using tax cuts to reduce waste and profligacy in government spending. Although starve-the-beast theory still has reputable adherents, the growth of spending and deficits even in the face of large tax cuts has worn down at least some of its former supporters.
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