Democrats Are Waltzing Toward an Easily Avoidable Political Disaster With Their COVID Bill
At the moment, Democrats in Washington appear to be in danger of sleepwalking their way toward a major policy and public relations debacle.
The problem? With tax season underway, millions of Americans who lost their jobs thanks to the coronavirus crisis might soon discover that they unexpectedly owe thousands of dollars to the IRS. Lawmakers could prevent this wave of surprise tax bills by adding a fix to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that’s currently moving through Congress. But so far, efforts to do so seem to be stalling out.
A senior Democratic aide told me that, as of now, he thought the chances legislators would act were “slim to none,” and described the failure as “political malpractice.”
While unemployment benefits have long…