Why Government Should Not “Deliver”

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“To counter ‘disillusionment with the government,’ Sen. Chris Murphy (D. Conn) expressed a widespread but invalid or seriously misleading idea: it is the idea that governments should ‘deliver’ or, in other words, be efficient …. The idea that government should ‘deliver’ is seriously misleading because it depends on what exactly it delivers. The WSJ reports that Mr. Murphy was ‘arguing for passage of Mr. Biden’s stalled economic agenda.’ For anybody who disagrees with this trillion-dollar agenda — and about half of American voters do — the government should not ‘deliver.'” (01/03/22)