We hope you are having a great weekend.
This week’s biggest news was the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill passed by House and Senate Democrats entirely on party lines, though not without Majority Leader–err–Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia forcing some changes after a massive delay. Veronique de Rugy breaks down what’s in the gargantuan package for Reason, adding that: “You don’t have to be a raging libertarian to understand that this is excessive, it will create massive disincentives to work and it will leave future generations with a level of government intrusion and debt of a country that looks more like Italy than the United States.”
The failure of the Biden Administration to even consider the $618 billion counter offer made by a group of 10 Senate Republicans only confirms priors that “unity” means conformity with Democratic agenda. While there are little signs of encouragement that partisan fights in Washington will abate, there are still ways in which civil society can help lower the national temperature. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, six former Secretaries of Education from both parties write that teaching children history and civics in an honest manner is key to responding to our national challenges.
Meanwhile, House Democrats also passed a sweeping “election reform” bill–titled H.R. 1–in another party line vote. While Nancy Pelosi frames this as a measure advancing “election integrity,” it is really a power grab that gives the federal government more control over how elections are run. The bill will now proceed for a vote in the Senate, though it is unlikely to pass thanks to the filibuster. Nonetheless, H.R. 1 is an authoritarian outrage that only seeks to help Democrats win elections, as David Harsanyi notes at National Review.
Speaking of bigger government, it feels odd that a Conservative government, that in simpler times would pride itself on fiscal rectitude, proposed a budget that raises corporate taxes and bolsters government spending. One could be forgiven for thinking that this is the sort of budget that would be put forward by a Labour government. However, this should hardly come as a surprise, as the Conservative Party has thrived electorally by lifting ideas from other parties whenever they are fashionable. Adrian Wooldridge details this Conservative tradition in the Bagehot column for The Economist. As the column notes, “The brilliance of the trick the Tories have pulled off is that it leaves Labour with nowhere to go.”
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