Smarts in Politics

Biden is proposing an $8,000 tax credit to defray childcare costs. I’m not sure if he means an addition of $8,000 on top of the existing $5,000 or an addition of $3,000 to the current $5,000. I also wish he were smarter and didn’t tie the tax credit to childcare or say that it’s about putting “720 million women back in the workforce.” Aside from the silly gaffe, there’s zero need to alienate the women who aren’t planning to join the workforce.

Trump’s child tax credit isn’t tied to childcare and is consequently liked by more people. Plus, there isn’t a feeling that an ideology is being imposed on you in return for the tax break. Note that Trump isn’t offering any special breaks to women who decide to leave their jobs, alienating the millions who don’t want to do that.

As a politician, you should try to get more people to like you instead of using your virtue signaling to repel as many groups as possible. If suburban moms are an important electoral category, then why upset 60% of them like this?

Even a good initiative that could attract voters is worded in a way that will achieve the opposite goal. How come even Trump always ends up being smarter than this?

Kid Logic

Klara loves the Kids Night Out at school. It’s a sort of a babysitting thing where you can leave the kids at school from 6:30 to 10:30 pm and have a date night with your husband. The kids get a movie and a pizza, build forts out of pillows, and make art. Klara is indifferent to pizza (“because it makes my mouth all spicy, mommy. I’d rather have a salad instead”) and is too young to enjoy a movie. She loves the pillow forts and the art, though.

“Mommy, don’t come to get me too early,” she says. “I want to stay playing with my friends.”

“But I miss you so much,” I explain. “This is why I come early.”

“It’s ok, mommy,” she says soothingly. “I have a brilliant idea. I’ll draw you a picture, and it will be beautiful, with a lot of glitter. So you can play with the picture while I’m away, and you won’t be bored!”