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Finley: A $3.5 trillion plunge into socialism

Democrats continue their internal fight over how much of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending proposal they can get away with passing, but for those who believe in fiscal and personal responsibility, the battle is already lost.

Whether the whole banana is adopted, or a somewhat smaller slice, it is all but certain  America will see the largest expansion of government since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society initiative in the ’60s.

It became inevitable once Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been a holdout for spending sanity, agreed to accept $1.5 trillion in new giveaways. That’s now the floor; the ceiling will be decided based on how much sugar Democrats sprinkle on Manchin’s home state.

Democrats continue their internal fight over how much of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion spending proposal they can get away with passing, Finley writes.

The betting line is $2 trillion to $2.5 trillion for the final package — if Democrats can get their hard-line liberal caucus to recognize what victory looks like. 

So this will not be a good week for those who believe the individual should be the most powerful force in American life. Biden’s package is designed to broaden dependency on the government to cover a wide swath of the middle class.