So @Noahpinion cited me as saying that @swinshi was wrong in his critiques of Biden's plan.

But that's a mis-cite. I said @swinshi 's critiques of *Romney*'s plans were wrong. Biden's plan is totally different, bearing almost no resemblance to Romney's.…
My actual argument is that Romney's plan ***would*** cause some small reduction in market labor, but that it would also modestly incentivize marriage, and that this tradeoff is okay.
Biden's plan is different in numerous regards, but he makes pro-work changes in several places where Romney makes anti-work changes. Biden expands the pro-work CDCTC, and makes no EITC reductions, while expanding for childless workers. That would encourage work.
However, Biden's policies ALSO lead to MUCH BIGGER marriage penalties.

My concern with Biden's plan is that it encourages work ***at the expense of*** family.
So I think @Noahpinion has misunderstood the contours of the debate within conservatism.

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Round 2 of the @AmerCompass family survey is fascinating. They find that across a huge range of family statuses, and for all but the most upper-class Americans, a "breadwinner" model of the family is what people hold as their ideal.…
Direct cash subsidies are the most popular form of family policy for all groups except childless women, who prefer maternity leave. Baby bonds lag everywhere.
This is a wild graph. People who think we should NOT do more for families are also the most supporting of paid family leave....

.... maybe because they correctly realize paid family leave is mostly a subsidy for work, not for family.
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the strange reality of strict calvinism is that it makes a mockery of God's claims to hate, abhort, or even be theoretically opposed to evil
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But I can sacrifice state detail and just use the national total to do a good-enough version for now.
Okay, death day!

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Answer: it fits if you lump in Manchus.
If you think that Han people and the government see Manchus as a distinct ethnic identity with distinct collective interests , if you think Han people see Manchus as ethnically "other," if you think China worries about Manchu particularism, this policy doesn't fit my theory.
But my impression is that today most Han see the Manchus as basically no different. There are some Manchu autonomous counties, but no over-arching Manchu autonomous region, despite them being the 2nd most common minority group in China.
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Well, we give stuff up for 40 days.


Because 40 is a number often associated with penitence and ascetic discipline in scripture: 40 years in the wilderness, 40 days of Jesus fasting, 40 days of rain for Noah, etc.
We assign the 40 days prior to Eastertide as the Lenten season (which btw "Lent" literally just means "spring" and isn't a liturgical reference at all) as a time of penitence as we prepare for the ecstatic joy of Eastertide and Pentecost.
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By February 17, there were NUMEROUS high-quality studies showing base R values for COVID >3 in the early Wuhan outbreak. Ebola, to which Fauci compares COVID, has an R of 1.5-1.9 without controls.
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