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Should America return to big government?

It might be more cost-effective to isolate the elderly and weak and invest resources in treating them while encouraging Americans to take precautions like social distancing

After announcing on Tuesday that his plan to rescue the economy will 'go big', President Trump and his advisers started outlining a government spending programme that would probably end up costing more than US$1 trillion.

IT MAY sound now like an echo of a pre-historic era in Washington. But there was a time not long ago when Republican lawmakers, adhering to their free market principles, were intent on sabotaging any attempt by the federal government to manage the American economy and when the idea of fiscal...