Apr 6, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus stimulus spending is more similar to WWII than the Great Recession

Mike Allen, author of AM

Everyone needs to change their mental model of the scope of the coronavirus rescue package, Hamilton Place Strategies partner Matt McDonald tells Axios.

The state of play: Federal spending as a share of GDP this year is already closer to World War II levels than it is to the financial crisis, and that is only going to increase.

Sources: JPMorgan, CBO. Graphic: Hamilton Place Strategies

Why it matters: This event will result in big societal changes, big policy changes, and big political changes, Matt says.

  • We're going to see reflection, investigation, accountability and reform. 
  • The changes to come will be commensurate with the size of the event. For example, WWII resulted in the establishment of the Defense Department.

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Trump backs off push to federalize forces against riots

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A day after threatening to federalize forces to snuff out riots across the country, the president appears to be backing off the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act, sources familiar with his plans tell Axios.

What we're hearing: Aides say he hasn’t ruled out its use at some point, but that he's “pleased” with the way protests were handled last night (apart from in New York City, as he indicated on Twitter today) — and that for now he's satisfied with leaving the crackdown to states through local law enforcement and the National Guard.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.