The extender ritual is explained by the phenomenon of concentrated benefits and dispersed costs. That’s where the recipients of government handouts have a greater incentive to fight for the preservation of their benefits than the larger number of taxpayers, whose costs are spread thinner, have to resist them. And the longer the EV tax credit exists, the more powerful its constituency becomes.
Trump has started treating conventional “merit-based” immigrants with suspicion, too. His administration is issuing more “Requests for Evidence” from employers sponsoring foreign workers. This means companies have to submit even more paperwork to prove to the government that they couldn’t find a qualified American to do the job. And to advance his “America First” agenda, the departments of Labor and Justice are jointly launching an initiative to crack down on employers that “discriminate” against Americans and hire foreigners instead.