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The Zero-Cost Canard

I wrote for Politico today about the new line from Biden and Pelosi that the reconciliation bill costs nothing:

Trying to redefine the cost of a $3.5 trillion bill as zero must rank among the most shameless, patently absurd attempts to change reality through a talking point ever attempted.

It’s mind-bending logic that would mystify Lewis Carroll at the height of his creative powers.

It’s the kind of reasoning you’d expect of any bankrupt person or someone blissfully unaware that he or she is about to go bankrupt.

It’s the equivalent in its transparent, willful implausibility of Donald Trump’s pledge that Mexico would somehow, at some time, despite all its denials, pony up and pay for the border wall.

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