By Veronique De Rugy, Reason
With his policy announcement about another COVID-19 relief bill, President Joe Biden declares loud and clear that he will not shy away from spending blowouts and fiscal irresponsibility. For the most part, his proposed plan is nothing more than a way to use the current crisis to deliver on Democrats’ longtime dream to explode the size and scope of the federal government.
The objective of the $1.9 trillion plan is noble enough: stimulate the economy, provide relief to Americans, and combat the pandemic. But noble doesn’t always mean good. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would add political expediency to that expression.
The plan’s $160 billion vaccination program and related COVID-19 health policies are its best aspects. That said, there’s a lot of wishful thinking behind the notion that a lack of money or federal intervention explain the slow vaccine rollout as opposed to defective governmental institutions. I recommend Yuval Levin’s piece for National Review on “Biden’s Pandemic-Policy Challenge,” which does a great job of highlighting the difficulties that the new administration will face on that front.