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Some Non-Covid Links

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy warns of the humongous bill coming due as payment for Biden’s fiscal incontinence. A slice:

A closer look reveals that the plan is instead a jackpot for public unions and big business. Coming after two decades of spending indulgence under the last three presidents, culminating in an explosion of outlays during Washington’s COVID-fighting efforts, Biden’s spending extravaganza is in effect the final stage of an effort to centralize power in the federal government, which will fund ever more private, state, and local government -functions.

Also from Vero is this lament of Congressional hyper irresponsibility. A slice:

We have $28 trillion in debt. Even if you ignore the last year, we didn’t accumulate that much debt on a partisan basis. And we didn’t just accumulate it during emergencies or even mostly through tax cuts. It’s the product of many bipartisan agreements on massive government spending, year after year. That includes trillions in subsidies to farmers, loan guarantees for energy, infrastructure, small businesses and exports. It includes ever-expanding entitlement programs. And most importantly, it includes willful neglect or a conscious disregard for how to pay for it.

GMU Econ grad student Dominic Pino decries “Biden’s fact-free infrastructure fact sheet.” A slice:

The only thing the American people know about this infrastructure deal is that politicians want to spend $1.2 trillion of their money. On what? Infrastructure. It should be said that this is an improvement over the Democrats’ proposed plan, wherein everything was infrastructure. At least we’ve narrowed down to actual infrastructure. But Congress agreeing to spend money on a broad category is a pretty low standard for celebration.

It’s a bit like planning to meet a friend for lunch. To decide where to meet, you ask what he’s in the mood for, and he replies, “Food.” Insofar as you want to have lunch with him, that’s a good thing, but it does not move you any closer to actually meeting him somewhere and having lunch.

David Henderson reports on some unintended consequences of Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s unwise and unjust threat to fine private cruise-ship operators who choose to require that passengers show proof of Covid-19 vaccinations.

Here’s Matt Welch on Robin DiAngelo.

Robert Wright draws a lesson from Shirley Jackson’s great 1948 short story “The Lottery.”

David Hart remembers his late friend Nicolás Maloberti.

Lee Ohanian reviews the just-completed banner year for K-12 education in California.

David Boaz wishes us Americans a Happy July 2nd!

Juliette Sellgren talks about hate speech with Nadine Strossen.