I understand the frustration with the anti-crisis legislation under discussion in the Congress now. It is far short – roughly a trillion and a half short – of what Pelosi and Shumer earlier proposed. But I also find hard it to understand, given the balance of forces in Congress and the threadbare existence of millions, why progressive Democrats wouldn’t support this bill, even with its severe limitations. Posturing, when there is no good immediate alternative, is neither prudent nor progressive. What is more, the passage of the current relief bill doesn’t prevent Biden, once he’s president, from proposing another round of stimulus and relief. He said as much today.