A report from The Committee For A Responsible Budget says the $3.5 trillion “social infrastructure” bill now before Congress calls for several of its most expensive programs (such as Medicare expansion) to lapse after three years. But everyone knows that such programs, once enacted, are politically untouchable and will be made permanent. And so they project the actual cost of the bill is probably north of $5 trillion. Should we be more honest about the pricetag of this bill? What do you think the final pricetag will be that Manchin, Sinema (who are meeting with Biden to discuss this) will approve?