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Hurricane relief and the camel’s nose

This article details efforts by both parties to provide programmatic assistance to hurricane victims, the Republicans by relaxing federal contracting rules and the Democrats by expanding government aid programs like Medicaid and Section 8 rent subsidies. While the measures are temporary, each side hopes to create a constituency that will clamor for their perpetuation. Political scientists call this the camel’s nose: if you let the camel’s nose inside the tent, it’s hard to keep the whole camel out.

Watch carefully, else our compassion may in the long run overwhelm our prudence and our policy.

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