Against the Grain

Taxing Attitudes

Americans don’t like to be taxed, we’re told — after all, who would willingly part with their hard earned money? But according to Vanessa Williamson that assumption is largely incorrect. She has studied attitudes toward paying taxes – and argues that our misperceptions have deleterious consequences, including discounting the contributions of low income people. She also discusses the Republican tax bill — one of the least popular pieces of legislation in recent history.


Vanessa Williamson, Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes Princeton University Press, 2017

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