The Federal Government Is Not a Large Household or Business

Michael Stephens | September 11, 2013

The Heritage Foundation presents what one hopes it doesn’t believe is a clever critique of US public finances:


Brad Plumer has the inevitable takedown here. This pretty much sums up the inanity of these government-as-household analogies:

“Anyway, it’s a good analogy. The U.S. federal government really does resemble your typical money-printing family that owns lots of tanks, operates a giant insurance conglomerate, can borrow money at extremely low rates, and is assumed to be immortal.”


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  1. Comment by Robert NielsenSeptember 17, 2013 at 8:12 am   Reply

    I can never understand the ridiculous tendency to compare the government to a household. It makes a little sense as comparing a corporations budget to that of a household.

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