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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Using public money to buy votes: under FDR and now

There should be a study comparing the current system of buying votes in Federal election - where legislators (and White House incumbents) pay for votes with corporate welfare (the prescription drug benefit, for instance) and by goosing interest groups - and that which Franklin Roosevelt used (the WPA and the like).

My hypothesis is the FDR's method was a more efficient use of public money - that it cost less per vote (in constant dollars) and provided more in the way of benefits (because WPA money would generally get spent on necessities).

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