Michael Tanner on Income Inequality and Democracy

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Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute seeks to mitigate all of the concern over income inequality and clarify facts about income inequality in the article “Five Myths about Economic Inequality”. Tanner’s fifth and final percieved myth he addresses is directly related to the discussion about income inequality and democracy. In Tanner’s fifth myth that income inequality distorts political processes as Madland would argue, Tanner makes the argument that that big government is what exacerbates income inequality and government involvement is the cause of cronyism, not simply income inequality itself.

“It may be reasonable to say, therefore, that far from being the enemy of inequality, big government can actually be an engine, or at least an accomplice, to greater inequality. It is not that inequality tilts the political playing field so much as it is that government provides the mechanism through which inequality can flourish.”

“Moreover, while many wealthy individuals are politically active, that activism is often offset by groups that represent lower-income individuals, or groups whose politics cut across the socioeconomic spectrum. For example, 14 of the top 25 spenders during the 2012 election were unions, which ostensibly advocate for the working class.”

The study of election spending can be found Here.