Articles from Ivan Jankovic
Federal grants and transfers are the techniques of choice used by socialist regulators in all federal countries, because in such countries it’s difficult to impose one-size-fits-all national schemes from the top down. Hence, federal spending power greases the wheels of reform by bribing the population and docile politicians and blackmailing and boxing in politicians skeptical of federal meddling.
When Arthur Laffer drew this famous picture on a napkin to Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney during a lunch in 1974, the reaction was ecstatic: that’s exactly what they needed, some justification for doing what politicians are best at doing anyway: giving away the goodies that don’t cost anything. The best of both worlds!