March, 2018

Who Is the Forgotten Man (and Woman) on the Fiscal Commons?

  • Jody Lipford

    Professor of Economics, Presbyterian College
  • Bruce Yandle

    Distinguished Adjunct Fellow
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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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