The Senate is poised this week for another exercise in strictly symbolic politics.The VOW to Hire Heroes Act — a pair of job creation tax incentives extracted from the ruins of President Obama’s failed stimulus measure — seems likely to get a vote in the next few days. Let’s hope it passes, so we can get on with more serious policymaking.
Let’s be clear: I am fully enthusiastic about the goals and intentions of this bill. Veterans are underappreciated and deeply deserving. Veterans’ groups have made this point repeatedly, and they are right.
But this sort of feel-good legislation is a distraction from more serious policymaking.