The editors of the Wall Street Journal catalogue the ways in which the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 relief bill has nothing to do with COVID-19:
All told, this generous definition of Covid-related provisions tallies some $825 billion. The rest of the bill—more than $1 trillion—is a combination of bailouts for Democratic constituencies, expansions of progressive programs, pork, and unrelated policy changes.
- Slush funds for state and local governments, whether their revenues have been hurt by COVID-19 or not
- Funds to bail out the PBGC. In theory the PBGC is supposed to be self-funding. The $86 billion involved is essentially a handout to unions and corporations.
- $129 billion boost for schools—not expected to be spent until the pandemic has long been over.
- $39 billion for child care, $50 billion for FEMA, $30 billion for public transit and billions more for a variety of other bailouts, handouts, and subsidies.
- The $15/hour minimum wage.
- Porkbarrel spending
I can’t see any yardstick by which that’s not excessive.