Trickle down

‘Trickle-down economics’ was the Reaganite theory that, if you help the rich get richer, their extra wealth will ‘trickle down’ to the rest of society as well. But modern conservatives can now use ‘trickle-down’ as a derisive term for liberal plans instead.

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