No bailout, no stimulus — give us reparations for government-mandated shutdowns
Bailouts, in general, are neither good nor popular.
The most recent legislation billed as a “stimulus” package was President Barack Obama’s 2009 raft of special interest giveaways and green energy boondoggles.
It’s understandable, then, that a lot of conservatives are very wary of the proposed economic responses to the coronavirus crisis. And the odds are that, whatever Congress passes, it will end up — either because of the statute or the implementation — being filled with immense waste and cronyism.
In order to steer policymakers away from waste, and in...