“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking real money.” Supposedly said in the mid-60s by Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen, it underscored the astonishing growth of federal spending … then.
Now? Trillion-dollar programs seek to heal an ailing American economy and populace with the hurt being felt severely by communities of color, people nearing the prospect of being homeless and people attempting to survive loss of jobs, education and health care.
Read more in the Mar. 17-23, 2021 issue.