The U.S. welfare state is rushing toward a fiscal cliff. Without a dramatic cut in government spending or a steep increase in taxes, the nation’s massive indebtedness will spark a fiscal crisis likely to force citizens and politicians to reassess the government’s role in the economy and to consider free-market, civil-society-based alternatives.

Benjamin Powell is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.
Economic PolicyEconomyEntitlements and WelfareFree Market EconomicsGovernment and PoliticsTaxes
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