McConnell’s Rules

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, President Biden received a coronavirus booster shot live on camera this morning to promote the distribution of boosters to those 65 and older and those at high risk of complications.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the unconditional release of the man who shot Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley. Hinckley was originally found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Finally, some congressional Democrats are calling for an expansion of the child tax credit to cover anyone who is serving as a guardian rather than just related family.

Instead, they want to award the money to whoever is caring for the child, regardless of whether they’re related.

That’s designed to be more flexible and to accommodate people in a wider variety of living situations — researchers say hundreds of thousands of kids are currently ineligible for the benefit because they live with, say, a family friend.

"Nobody can claim kids who are being raised by someone who is not a close relative — those kids just get cut off from the break entirely,” said Jacob Goldin, a former Treasury official who now teaches at Stanford University’s law school.

At first glance it seems like this would be very easy abuse, but it would probably lead to more good than bad in any case.