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Economic desk: Climate deal picks winners, losers

Last year, Sen. Joe Manchin “rightly criticized an additional tax credit for electric vehicles made by unions in the Build Back Better bill.” remind the editors of The Wall Street Journal, saying, “We shouldn’t be using everyone’s tax money to pick winners and losers.” “Yet that is exactly what his tax and climate agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer does,” by signing unfair advantages to unionized workers into law. “It will drive up the costs of the project” thanks to much higher wages and benefits for unionized workers, “which will be borne by utility and tax payers.” This “could also push up wages in local labor markets and increase costs for manufacturers and contractors.” So “how does this reduce inflation?”

From the Right: Republican Responsibilities

“Liberalism is dying and the American right is on the rise,” declares Daniel McCarthy in Spectator World. Democrats “run as if they are still the party of the New Deal, not the new genres,” with “little to offer voters outside of the cities that are already their strongholds.” They despise “a third or more of the American public” and “deploring voters later come to take an even darker view of the institutions liberals control.” But the GOP may end up “with more responsibility than it can handle.” Can Republicans “govern a country that is more secular and urban than the heart of the GOP itself?” If they cannot, America “will be aimless and in ruins in a century in which stability and cohesion are the world’s most precious assets.”

Media Watch: ‘News Silos’ Murdered

“Buried alongside the iconic broadcasters is the public’s trust in news from all sources.” laments Charles Lipson in RealClearPolitics. “Only 16% of Americans say they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a bit’ of trust in newspapers.” Changes in the way Americans get news “are huge and irreversible,” with daily print circulation about a third of its peak of 63 million in the 1980s. Technological innovation and a new segmented market are to blame. . “Newspapers once confined to local markets, like the New York Post, have developed enormous national reach, in part because they offer a rare alternative to leftist papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post.” Consumers “have more choices than ever (good), but we are increasingly insulated from opposing viewpoints (bad).” Worse still: “This insularity is destined to deepen the ideological division of our country.”

Watch out for Putin: Why did Vlad catch Brittney?

Brittney “The Griner case was never about a misdemeanor against Russian law” notes Tom Nichols in The Atlantic, but “about what kind of country Russia has become as its president, Vladimir Putin, has descended into anti-Western hysteria while starting wars abroad and escalating repression at home.” His arrest came “after Putin and his circle almost certainly made the decision” to invade Ukraine. She is a good “bargain coin” as “a prominent American” who is “gay, black, and covered in tattoos, the kind of defendant the average Russian has no sympathy for.” And the “efforts to free Griner” will “feed into a Russian narrative” that “we disproportionately value racial or sexual minorities, exactly the case that anti-Western hysterics like Putin have been advocating for years.”

Neocon: Behind the fight against Gaza

“Both sides blame each other for the new round of violence” between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, “but the main cause of this escalation is Islamic Jihad’s plot to carry out a new round of terror attacks against Israeli citizens.” . explains Tom Rogan of the Washington Examiner. Note that PIJ is “a key means of Iran’s covert war against Israel”; indeed, PIJ leader Ziad Nakhaleh was at the Tehran meetings on Friday when he “described the current conflict as ‘a test for all parts of the resistance'”. point of view” of the “Israeli security establishment [is] that Iran must be actively deterred.” Beware: “Iran’s influence in the PIJ may mean that the group decides to continue fighting even as costs rise on its capabilities and Palestinian civilian infrastructure.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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