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The End of Trickle-Down Economics

Monday, April 12, 2021

As a pollster at Navigator Research, I’ve been tracking this shift first-hand. Never before have I seen such widespread, bipartisan support for previously radical ideas like universal child care, taxing the rich and comprehensive paid leave. The pandemic has shifted this conventional wisdom by showing the limits of “small government” thinking. Americans care less about the price tag of relief packages, because we know the need is so great. Last May, by a two-to-one margin, people were more concerned the government would do little to help regular people than spend too much. The American Rescue Plan has shown what’s possible when we’re not afraid to go big: we can invest billions in Indigenous communities, create affordable health care and reduce child poverty.

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