The Corner

Re: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Over at Neighborood Effects, Mercatus Center’s Dan Rothschild has more on Brad Pitt’s quest for stimulus dollars. I like his analysis of the negative consequences that could result from nonprofits seeking stimulus funds or other forms of government funding. Rothschild writes:

There is a real danger that if social entrepreneurs and non-profits like Pitt’s become dependent upon federal funds, they will in effect become arms of the federal government. This would have a dangerous effect on civil society, and reduce our resilience to disasters and shocks, whether natural or economic.

He makes another good point:

And moreover, having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, is New Orleans really the ideal place to invest stimulus cash?

His post is here.

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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