Biden’s family plan is a cornucopia of entitlement

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In an age when Republicans are absent when it comes to fighting a great government, Democrats are wasting no time. More at the Wall Street newspaper, Hoover Institution researchers John Cogan and Daniel Heil have an article that documents the rights extensions of the Biden families plan. Here is some info:

The American Families Plan offers several new benefit programs. One promises students that the government will cover all community college tuition fees; another promises families earning 1.5 times their state’s median income that Washington will cover all child care expenses above 7% of family income for children under 5; yet another promises workers up to 12 weeks of federally funded wage subsidies for time off to care for newborns or sick family members….

In March, Congress enacted the American Rescue Plan, which expanded the Affordable Care Act grants and refundable tax credits for daycares and low-wage workers. … Mr. Biden called on Congress to make them permanent.

These programs extend eligibility for benefits to the top of the income scale. Two-parent households with two preschool children and incomes of up to $ 130,000 would be eligible for federal child care cash assistance. Single parents with two preschool children and incomes of up to $ 113,000 would be eligible. And some families with incomes over $ 200,000 would be eligible for Medicare grants. Other parts of the plan, such as paid time off and free community college, have no income limits.

Our analysis shows that the American Families Plan would add 21 million Americans to the list of federal rights recipients. With these additional beneficiaries, 57% of all children of married couples would receive federal benefits and more than 80% of single-parent households would be on benefit lists.

It’s all worth quoting, but you can read it here. And here is their real paper. It’s worth reminding people of Cogan’s wonderful book, The high cost of good intentions, and here is an interview on the question to The great antidote podcast (full disclosure: host Juliette Sellgren is my daughter).

Haven’t we learned anything from the past? If Republicans don’t wake up soon – and many of them even continue to support some of these provisions and argue that the federal government’s lack of involvement and money is the source of our current problems – they will indeed allow a era of huge government. This WSJ the editorial says it well:

They can get away with it because they have the press in their pocket and because most Republicans these days are concerned about the culture wars. Only a decade ago the Tea Party fought against ObamaCare. Today, most Beltway conservatives are more worried about Big Tech than Big Government. If the plan for the Biden families passes, these Tories will find themselves spending the rest of their careers as tax collectors for the recipient state.

Véronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


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