Taxes and Human Weakness

By | February 16, 2012

When someone drops out of high school, overeats, or fails to exercise, you tell us that their behavior is only "human."  But if a conservative or libertarian objects to paying taxes to help people who make these choices, you get angry.  Question: Why are you so forgiving of people with irresponsible lifestyles, but so outraged by people who don’t want to pay taxes to help people with irresponsible lifestyles?  This seems morally perverse.

via Krugman, Human Weakness, and Desert, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.