There seems to be something for everyone in the massive spending packages working their way through Congress. And with a price tag of $4.6 trillion, or $37,400 per household, offering something for everyone — government-paid family leave, monthly child payments, free community college, union-dues writeoffs, a $12,500 electric vehicle tax credit or new bike paths — is easy.
Politicians who want to grow government like to talk about how great this grab-bag will be for workers, families and the economy. And they promise that only big corporations and really wealthy people will pay higher taxes.
But that’s like selling a souped-up Lincoln Navigator to a family that wants a minivan, reasoning that both require the same down payment.
Families deserve to know how much big-government policies will cost them — not only in taxes, but in how those policies will affect their paychecks and the prices they pay for everything from gas and groceries to utilities and childcare.