Today, the Wall Street Journal published an article identifying a few of the many ways the federal government is increasing its influence on the lives of Americans. The current administration calls it the “Nudge” state, a system where many of the decisions Americans make in their daily lives will be influenced by a government incentivized choice. Want to grab a cold soft drink after a softball game? If it’s not a diet soda, you might be paying extra. The same goes for cigarettes. The incentives are based on what the federal government believes to be for your own good. The discouragement of so-called bad behavior is not a new development ie. sin taxes, but the increase in the scope and use of such policy represents a different direction in American politics.
Read the article here.