A reader writes:

It's stupid, and probably unconstitutional, sure.  But it's great because it gets us past what is, in the big picture, a trivial issue.  If the bill becomes law, Americans can feel like the government did something to get their money back and we can move on to dealing with real problems. A lawsuit challenging the bill will follow, and in a year or two, it will get struck down, and no one will care, because we'll either be on our way to a recovery, or so deep in shit that we'll have much bigger problems on our mind.

That sounds about right to me.

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