Journalist Annie Lowrey concludes that Americans are essentially paying a “time tax” when they must deal with the tedious, complicated demands of the bureaucracy that surrounds taxes, Social Security, health care, unemployment insurance, and more. In thoroughly examining the disarray and inefficiency clogging an important social and financial infrastructure, she offers a fresh perspective on a frustrating reality. Anyone concerned with bureaucratic sclerosis and its effects on American life will find this an illuminating essay.
About the Author
Annie Lowrey is a staff writer on economic policy at The Atlantic.