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The Republican Economic Plan Is an Insult

So 10 Republican senators are proposing an economic package that is supposed to be an alternative to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The proposal is only a third of the size of Biden’s plan and would in important ways cut the heart out of economic relief.Republicans, however, want Biden to give in to their wishes in the name of bipartisanship. Should he?No, no, 1.9 trillion times, no.It’s not just that the G.O.P. proposal is grotesquely inadequate for a nation still ravaged by the...

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The G.O.P. Is in a Doom Loop of Bizarro

Here’s what we know about American politics: The Republican Party is stuck, probably irreversibly, in a doom loop of bizarro. If the Trump-incited Capitol insurrection didn’t snap the party back to sanity — and it didn’t — nothing will.What isn’t clear yet is who, exactly, will end up facing doom. Will it be the G.O.P. as a significant political force? Or will it be America as we know it? Unfortunately, we don’t know the answer. It depends a lot on how successful Republicans will be in...

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El asalto al Capitolio comenzó a fraguarse hace décadas

Un aspecto sorprendente del putsch (golpe de Estado en alemán) en el Capitolio fue que ninguna de las demandas de los asaltantes estaba afincada en la realidad.No, la elección no fue robada, no hay evidencia de un fraude electoral significativo. No, los demócratas no forman parte de una conspiración pedófila satánica. No, no son marxistas radicales, incluso, en cualquier otra democracia occidental, se consideraría que el ala progresista del partido solo se inclina de manera moderada a la...

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The Ghost of Sabotage Future

The not-a-stimulus deal Congress reached over the weekend — seriously, this is about disaster relief, not boosting the economy — didn’t come a moment too soon. Actually, it came much too late: Crucial aid to many unemployed Americans and businesses expired months ago. But now some of that aid is back, for a while.True, the aid will be less generous than it was in the spring and summer: $300 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits, rather than $600. But because the workers still out of a job...

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Return of the Phony Deficit Hawks

It looks as if Congress will soon pass a much-needed economic relief (not stimulus) bill — something that will help distressed Americans get through the next few months, while we wait for widespread vaccination to set the stage for economic recovery. That’s good news, because something is better than nothing, even though what we know about the legislation says that it’s going to be deeply flawed.But the way this debate has been playing out is ominous for the future. Even some of the good guys...

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Trump Tries to Kill Covid Relief

The next few months will be terrible. Several thousand Americans are now dying from Covid-19 every day; given the lag between cases and deaths, the daily toll will almost certainly rise through the end of this year, and if people are careless over Christmas it could surge even higher in the new year. Economic recovery has stalled, with employment still down almost 10 million from pre-pandemic levels.The most we can hope for at this point are policies that mitigate the suffering, getting us...

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