Need and public policy: Handle with care

Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M. Galles

07/31/07

In public-policy debates the word most commonly invoked as the ace in the hole is ‘need.’ However, ‘need’ needs careful handling. ‘Need’ has the political advantage, but the logical disadvantage, of lacking a clear meaning. That allows it to be systematically abused to distort understanding and to reach desired conclusions that justify picking people’s pockets to pay for what someone else wants...

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