William Niskanen

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Today (April 27), Thom referenced the ex-director of the Cato Institute, a William Niskanen, and an essay that he wrote in regards to tax cuts and the growth of government (when taxes have been cut, government grows; when taxes increase, government actually becomes smaller). I did a fruitless Google search on Niskanen, then went to the Cato Institute web page to see if I could find the article. I cannot find it. I am not a relentless searcher, nor overly sophisticated in my search techniques, so it is possible I have just missed it. Can someone help me? I would like a url for the essay so I can forward it to a thinking conservative friend of mine (no, that is no an oxymoron). Thanks to anyone who can help.

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I found this article by Niskanen:

"Starve the Beast" Just Does Not Work

And in an article in the Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch alleges Niskanen wrote that there was “no sign that deficits have ever acted as a constraint on spending.” However, I have been unable to find the original source for the quote.

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This is as close to the original source that I found.

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Art, perhaps you hit the "save" button prematurely?

Or does the empty page suggest you found ... nothing?

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Sorry. The link is embedded in the text. (When the text is blue, that means you can click on it).

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Quote reed9:

I found this article by Niskanen:

"Starve the Beast" Just Does Not Work

And in an article in the Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch alleges Niskanen wrote that there was “no sign that deficits have ever acted as a constraint on spending.” However, I have been unable to find the original source for the quote.

Thank you. Your link made it possible to extend my search, and I found the original article. The article can be found at http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj26n3/cj26n3-8.pdf

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Quote Art:

Sorry. The link is embedded in the text. (When the text is blue, that means you can click on it).

Ahh ... now I see. How do you <i>do</i> that? Anyway, your link seems to be an executive summary, whereas the the one I found is in six pages of pdf format and includes graphs and charts!

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Ahh ... now I see. How do you <i>do</i> that?
It's the neatest way to cite a link. First, select the text. There's a little "chain-link" icon between the underlined U and the smiley-face icons. click on that and a window will appear. For other's convenience it is best if you select in the "target" window "open link in a new window".

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I agree that was a great little factoid nugget from Thom.

I too wanted to find the original articles that Thom mentioned. I finally got the pdf original you mention.

Then, by searching for "Starve The Beast" at the Cato archives I also found a follow-up article, a 9-page pdf file, in the Cato Journal from last fall titled, "Starve the Beast: A Further Examination" by Michael J. New. He basically rechecks Niskanen's study and confirms the results, here: http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj29n3/cj29n3-7.pdf. (Sorry I didn't figure out how to embed.)

Thank you Thom! I just started listening and man is it refreshing!

~a new listener in Houston.

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