Arnold Kling points out the inconsistencies of Howard Dean’s political beliefs.
Consider two families living under identical middle-class circumstances. One family chooses to spend its discretionary income on cable television, a brand new SUV, and extravagant birthday parties. The other family chooses to do without cable, drive a used car, and have modest birthday parties, so that it can spend its discretionary income on health insurance. Howard Dean would tax the second family to pay for health insurance for the first family.
In the period from 2001 to 2002, America’s 25,000 cotton farmers received more in subsidies ? some $3 billion ? than the entire economic output of Burkina Faso, where two million people depend on cotton. Further, United States subsidies are concentrated on just 10 percent of its cotton farmers. Thus, the payments to about 2,500 relatively well-off farmers has the unintended but nevertheless real effect of impoverishing some 10 million rural poor people in West and Central Africa.