Given the strident political dogma of modern times and the easily spread lies of the misinformation age, this shouldn't be surprising. Yet, it is.

It is surprising how often a simple and necessary and beneficial idea can be turned upside down by political rhetoric. How often politicians can twist something that would help Americans into a wedge issue. How often those Americans can be convinced to vote against their own self-interests out of a sense of tribal unity.

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