President Biden has proposed $1.9 trillion in additional COVID-19 spending. He’s asking Congress to authorize another round of checks, more expanded unemployment benefits, a $15 minimum wage, and much, much more. Over the weekend, House Democrats finally released the text of the 600-page bill meant to make Biden’s broad COVID proposals a legislative reality.
Critics and economists have already attacked the proposal on the merits of its main provisions and staggering overall cost, arguing it would break the budget, incentivize unemployment, and fail to stimulate the economy. However, there’s a much simpler objection to this legislative bonanza: it’s full of unrelated pork and political priorities.
Here are 10 crazy examples of waste and partisan kick-backs that have nothing to do with COVID-19 but are in the new bill.
Under the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, bills that add to the national debt cause automatic cuts to programs such as Medicare.
Federal aid programs for farmers, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Medicare, the Social Services Block Grant Program, and more would be subject to devastating cuts.
Social Security and low-income programs such as food stamps would be exempt from cuts.
To prevent budget cuts, Democrats need to get 60 votes in the Senate, which would require the support of 10 Republicans.
However, Democrats are planning to use a process known as budget reconciliation, which would allow them to pass the COVID-19 relief bill without 60 votes in the Senate.
“The cuts would be huge,” said Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told NBC. “It’s a critical issue, which, at some point, is going to have to be dealt with.”
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that sits on more than half of a billion dollars in assets, received over $80 million from the federal government in taxpayer dollars even as it is shuttered to the public because of COVID.
By law, the Kennedy Center receives federal funding every year, federal funding fueled by taxpayers who – in the overwhelming majority – have never and will never visit the institution. This despite the fact that the Center has been 80 percent privately funded for the past half-decade.
That is also a 501(c)3 organization means it is allotted generous tax exemptions by the Internal Revenue Service under the label of being an educational organization.
Joe Biden on Friday defended his broken promise to send out $2000 checks “immediately.”
Just one day before the Georgia senate runoff, Joe Biden said $2000 stimulus checks would “go out the door immediately.”
Now Biden is claiming that $1400 stimulus checks are “what the American people were promised.”
Biden is a lifelong liar and career politician who says one thing on the campaign stump then does a completely different thing once in office.
The day after Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that neither Joe Biden’s White House nor the Democrat controlled Congress intend to make good on their promise to send every American a $2,000 stimulus, the President now wants to send every American a face mask.
After it apparently became too difficult to send a $2,000 check or cash deposit to every American, the Biden administration is now working on the “logistics” of sending a free face mask to every American instead.
NBC News reported that, “The Biden White House is considering sending masks directly to American households, according to three people familiar with the discussions, an action the Trump administration explored but scrapped.”
Indeed, “The Covid-19 Response Team is evaluating the logistics of mailing out millions of face coverings,” and the move comes “as Biden continues to urge Americans to use masks as a primary defense against the spread of the coronavirus.”
Biden, of course, made it a federal crime not to wear a face mask while on federal property during his first hours in the Oval Office. Biden then proceeded to break his own executive order law when he and his entire family refused to wear face masks during parts of the inauguration events. NBC News conveniently leaves this out of their article.
It’s just so emblematic of US austerity policies, which are so normalized they don’t even use that word. Keep people stretched so thin that even a paltry $2000 after months and months of nothing can be spun as an excessively exorbitant indulgence which must be scaled back to keep it reasonable. In reality a grand total of $2600 in the richest nation on earth after all this time would still be a huge slap in the face, but generations of media spin have gone into keeping Americans from attaining that level of rightful entitlement.
So as of this writing the internet is full of angry Americans actually typing the words “$1400 is not $2000”, which is totally bananas. People should not have to say that the number 1400 is not the same as the number 2000. It feels like if my Twitter feed was full of people saying “Cars are not birds”, or “Pogs are not iPhones”, or “Mimes are not salad”. People should not have to make such self-evident clarifications.
But they apparently do need to make such clarifications, because scumbags like Adam Schiff are looking them right in the eye, sharing information that says “$1,400 checks” on it, and telling them that it says “$2000 relief checks”.
2 + 2 = 5.