Cassandra posted a piece this week on one of my favorite topics, which is the grave danger of letting people vote for bigger government on other people's nickel. It's always seemed obvious to me that you'll get not only too much government that way, but runaway deficit spending.
So I was a bit taken aback to read her original source, which tries to establish a causal relationship between the percentage of non-taxpayers and the growth of government spending. Statistically, it seems the case is not easy to make.
It doesn't change my feeling of impending doom. I can't see how this can be a good direction to push in. If nothing else, it just chaps me to have to pay for intrusive government for the benefit of people who claim to support it, but not enough to pay for it themselves.