Meanwhile progressives are attacking Manchin the way they would have attacked a family policy deal brokered by (say) Marco Rubio and Kyrsten Sinema: “Biden’s Women-Focused Economic Agenda Is Getting Destroyed by Joe Manchin” ran a recent headline in Mother Jones.
If this is basically what’s happening — a negotiation between center-right and center-left, with the center-right embodied by a Democrat — what would a reasonable family policy compromise look like?
Unfortunately I think that as a matter of policy the optimal deal is somewhat different.
But if I’m right to worry about this future (spoiler: I am right), then finding the least expensive family policy deal is a mistake, since the best evidence suggests that increasing family formation meaningfully doesn’t come cheap.
Instead the best family policy deal would give progressives more of the money they want to spend, and give conservative ideas more influence over the way that money is spent.
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