Just hours after Washington officials announced that shutdowns on non-essential businesses would soon be declared, we started hearing about a possible stimulus bill to keep Americans financially healthy.
The first intonations of such a stimulus bill came from President Donald Trump himself, whose concerns about an economically vibrant nation are most pronounced. However, Democrats moved quickly to get their own agenda written into the bill. They pushed for diversity hiring and the curtailment of benefits for those who did not meet certain “diversity” standards.
The result of Democrat meddling has been massive delays on a stimulus bill that might save millions of Americans who are unemployed to no fault of their own from being evicted, having vehicles repossessed, and losing their jobs permanently as employers shift their business models.
The bill eventually passed on Friday, March 27, and it has been stuffed full of Democrat initiatives that could mean the transformation of our entire economy. According to Mike Whitney of Unz News, it is “a complete restructuring of the economy designed to strengthen a corrupt corporate-banking oligarchy and create a permanent underclass that will have to work for slave wages. It isn’t stimulus, it’s shock therapy.”
The bill would mean most Americans who filed their federal taxes would receive a check in the mail for $1,200 to $2,000. While the “lockdown” is expected to last for at least one month, most Americans still live from one paycheck to the next, have little to no savings, and would not be saved from evictions or other economic woes by what amounts to an additional $450 a week. Those who don’t have direct deposit information on file with the IRS won’t even get these funds for another two to four months.
At present, many financial experts are saying that this shutdown of the economy is worse than the disease itself. We know that 80% of people who become infected with the Coronavirus will experience only mild symptoms and will recover with little to no medical intervention. Yet people who are not even infected are being prevented from working.
For them, the Coronavirus is not the danger. Poverty is. Already, more than 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment. Every single one of these people is in danger of joining the nation’s homeless population. That alone will lead to much more illness and many more deaths than the Coronavirus could have hoped to cause.
Worse still, there will be no public outcry for those who lose their jobs and their homes. Because poverty and homelessness have always been with us. For them, the stimulus package will be too little, too late.
But the meat of the bill has little to do with saving Americans forced to leave work from poverty. The majority of the funding for the bill is aimed at making it easier for corporations to rebuild themselves after the Coronavirus panic. It also includes $4.5 trillion to bail out these same companies.
Even in the midst of a crisis, Democrats are still holding true to the lesson they learned from Saul Alinsky: “never let a good crisis go to waste.”