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“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


Abstract

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.





Volume 12 Number 1
Summer 2007

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