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The Welfare-State Reality Americans Aren’t Debating

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The Welfare-State Reality Americans Aren’t Debating

Bloomberg Opinion September 3, 2021
Urban PolicyWelfare

Biden’s budget plan would create a vast new network of European-style government entitlements that would inevitably lead to European-style taxes.

It may be in 2022­ that we transform the U.S. economy, but not for the better. House Democrats passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution for its Build Back Better Agenda — a step in the budget reconciliation process that would make the bill law without Republican support. There are trade-offs to doing something so large and fiscally risky, and Americans are getting distracted from a critical debate we should be having.

What’s getting most of the attention is the politics: how moderate holdouts in the Senate will vote, and whether the $1 trillion plan, which got bi-partisan support, will be passed first. Getting far less attention is how the legislation will alter the role of government in American’s lives. The budget takes a big step toward transforming the American welfare state to r­esemble Europe’s, while somehow promising Americans they won’t have to pay European-level taxes.

Continue reading the entire piece here at Bloomberg Opinion

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Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.

Photo by Douglas Rissing/iStock

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