The Case against $2,000 Relief Checks

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Addressing six common arguments and myths in favor of this policy.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here is perhaps no easier political position than supporting broad-based government handouts, particularly for the middle class. Everyone loves free money, and even those who vigorously criticize “tax cuts for the rich” or “welfare for those who won’t work” usually defend middle-class entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare in which the benefits received typically far exceed an individual’s lifetime contributions to the system. Even rural conservatives who criticize urban welfare programs often support welfare for farmers (e.g., farm subsidies to agribusinesses).

The latest triumph of populist pandering over limited-government conservatism is President Trump’s call to increase the $600 relief payments

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