Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Federal spending spree

In 2008 Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama and mayor of Chicago, said: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that [is] it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not before."

It has become a common catchphrase. Emanuel repeated it last year amid the coronavirus pandemic (link). Spendthrifts Joe Biden and the "progressives" and leftist radicals of the Democratic party have strongly embraced it 

FEE: Federal ‘COVID’ Spending Just Hit $41,870 Per Taxpayer Signed by Biden last month, the 
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 called for spending $1.9 trillion on the Covid19 crisis, with a large part of the $1.9 trillion not directly related to Covid19. It includes, among other things, spending on
  • agriculture and nutrition programs;
  • schools and institutions of higher education;
  • child care and programs for older Americans and their families;
  • mental health and substance-use disorder services;
  • emergency rental assistance, homeowner assistance, and other housing programs;
  • payments to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for economic relief. (Link)
The $6 trillion stated in the FEE article includes the $4.1 in relief measures passed while Donald Trump was President (link).

Still far from satisfied, Biden and his cronies propose another spending spree called the American Jobs Plan. It proposes spending another $2 trillion on infrastructure and jobs (link). Of course, it includes lots of "pork", such as subsidies for buying all-electric vehicles and charging stations for them. In other words, it is a down-payment -- merely a down-payment -- on the so-called Green New Deal.

The $2 trillion would increase total spending to about 8/6*$41,780 = $55,707 per taxpayer.

As usual, the the promoters of such legislation hype how many jobs it will create while ignoring how many jobs it will destroy.

This proposed legislation also includes tax increases to pay for some of it. The corporate tax rate would rise from 21% to 28%, half way toward the 35% pre-2018 tax rate. It would mostly raise personal income tax rates for people with incomes exceeding $200,000 for single filers and $400,000 for married filing jointly. However, it will very likely hit a lot of people with incomes lower than those.

Of course, all this spending (over 10 years) will increase the federal debt and sow seeds of inflation. Much of the debt will likely be funded by the accommodating Federal Reserve.

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