Trump Administration Says Identities of Coronavirus Stimulus Loan Recipients Are ‘Confidential’

When the Obama administration pumped $787 billion into the U.S. economy through the 2009 stimulus bill, it drew criticism for wasting taxpayer dollars on politically connected industries, sending cash to places that literally don’t exist, and funding “shovel-ready jobs” that weren’t. Most Americans came away from the experience feeling the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was a waste.

The Trump administration appears to have learned a lesson from all that: You should avoid criticism for wasteful spending—by not letting anyone know where the money is going in the first place.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced this week that the administration

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