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Why you should care about Dems' new $3.5 trillion budget – a lot

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You deserved a break.

Checking the news was less of a habit and more of an involuntary bodily function for the last few years, peaking with the Capitol riots in the first week of 2021. Now, after the explosive growth of news consumption in 2020, prime time ratings on all the major cable news channels are down by more than a third.

It's understandable that many Americans seem to be cocooning, but it's time to leave the cocoon. On Capitol Hill this month, the future of our country – and perhaps the planet – is being decided for us. Senate Democrats just passed a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, the beginning of a reconciliation process that will allow congressional Democrats to pass a package of domestic proposals with no Republican votes.

It is the most consequential piece of legislation in generations, rivaled only by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Yet the actual policies packed inside are receiving infinitely less attention than another billionaire cosplaying astronaut. Here's a handy list:

While the richest have made out like intergalactic robber barons during the pandemic, the least among us have, as always, suffered the most. In the richest country that’s ever existed, this is a choice. And reconciliation could begin to reverse that choice in a couple of quick swoops – most notably by making permanent the child tax credit that’s cutting child poverty nearly in half ,and by reforming and enhancing SSI, which traps........


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