Opinion | Biden Is the Big Spender America Wants
Nothing is comparable at this time. Most Americans feel that those who lost their jobs because of Kovid-19 do not suffer for their own negligence.
In the end, Republican politicians have lost all credibility on fiscal matters. Many believed him in 2009 when he pretended to take care of the budget deficit. Since then, the failure of both the often-predicted fiscal crisis and the way the GOP collided through a huge, unpublished tax cut under Trump has made it difficult to take such an asylum seriously.
In fact, the only consistent objections to the Biden plan are coming from a few Center-left economist Who worries that it will cause economic catastrophe. Many, perhaps most other economists, myself included, disagree and the plan is more or less likely to pass as proposed. But it is striking that GOP politicians are trying to challenge Democratic plans on merit.
This intellectual vacuum would not prevent Republicans in Congress from voting against the Biden plan, possibly unanimously. But in doing so they will meet not only with the general public, but also with many voters of their own. And this can be the case.
In a better world, the Republican Party continued to nullify a former president who tried to reverse the election with lies and violence and create mass voter conflict; 2021 in the US, not so much.
But bread and butter issues still drive voters forward. Reduced unemployment helped Republicans do better in the 2020 election, which most analysts expected, a relief check promise that helped Democrats win Georgia’s runoff, and control the Senate with them. Which is, by the way, one reason that reducing relief spending would be silly because some economists believe it is excessive.
This means that the refusal of Republicans to withdraw highly popular economic policies in Congress could hurt the party more than their complicity in a violent attempt to reverse the election results. This is not fair or right; But in times of economic crisis the ideological rigor of the GOP may be more important politically, than the rejection of democracy and the rule of law.
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