When it comes to public health and the quality of American life, we get what we pay for

The incessant push for austerity has a consequence. Frankly, it means we're not as ready as we should be, or as great as we should be.



March 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

A CDC laboratory test kit for the novel coronavirus. Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/TNS

It takes progressive leadership and real money to have a great country. If we want to live in a place where scientists see problems before they get here, where food is safe and families never go hungry, where children can read and no one is denied health care, where buses run on schedule and the arts flourish, we have to pay for it.

We can’t give away trillions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires and expect them to take care of those things. The rich give some of their money to charities, and charities do a lot of good. But it’s not enough.

If we want a great country, we need a smart, vigilant government that’s soundly funded. You get what you pay for.

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