We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money by Edward D. KleinbardWe Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money by Edward D. Kleinbard

We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money

byEdward D. Kleinbard

Paperback | May 15, 2016

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We Are Better Than This fundamentally reframes budget debates in the United States. Author Edward D. Kleinbard explains how the public's preoccupation with tax policy alone has obscured any understanding of government's ability to complement the private sector through investment and insuranceprograms that enhance the general welfare and prosperity of our society at large. He argues that when we choose how government should spend and tax, we open a window into our "fiscal soul," because those choices are the means by which we express the values we cherish and the regard in which we hold our fellow citizens. Though these values are being diminished by short-sighteddecisions to starve government, strategic government spending can directly make citizens happier, healthier, and even wealthier.Expertly combining the latest economic research with his insider knowledge of the budget process into a simple yet compelling narrative, he unmasks the tax mythologies and false arguments that too often dominate contemporary discourse about budget policies. Large quantities of comparative data aresuccinctly distilled to situate the United States among its peer countries, so that readers can judge for themselves whether contemporary budget choices really reflect our aspirational fiscal soul.Kleinbard's presentation takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on economics, finance, law, political science and moral philosophy. He uniquely weaves economic research and moral philosophy together by emphasizing our welfare, not just our national income, and by contrasting the actual beliefsof Adam Smith, a great moral philosopher, with the cartoon version of the man presented by proponents of the most extreme forms of private market triumphalism.
Edward D. Kleinbard is the Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law and a Fellow at The Century Foundation. Prior to these appointments, Professor Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan tax resource to Congress.
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Title:We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our MoneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190496681

ISBN - 13:9780190496685

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"Kleinbard aim[s] for nothing less than to restore the country to spiritual as well as financial health... [A] significant, timely contribution to the debate over the nation's financial future and deserves [a] wide readership." --The New Rambler