Writing assignment: Answer all four of the following questions.
(1) The “benefit principle” has been used to justify progressive income taxation. What is the benefit principle? Are there any problems with it? If so, what?
(2) What is the Washington Monument Syndrome?
(3) What is the primary problem facing a policymaker who is trying to design a program to benefit people in unfortunate circumstances? (Lesson 43 will help here.)
(4) In practice, what have been some of the outcomes — intended or unintended — of anti-poverty programs?