WASHINGTON, D.C.- It is pretty much looking like Democrats are looking to totally crash the United States economy…or are setting us up for tax increases of epic proportions down the road.
At a time when Democratic governors across the country are kicking the can down the road as far as opening businesses back up, Democrats in Congress want to open the magic money vault and hand out more money to the American people.
The Hill reports that on Tuesday, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would expand the current one-time $1,200 payment and convert it into a $2,000 monthly stipend until employment returns to pre-coronavirus levels.
This proposal, called the Emergency Money for People Act (clever?) is, in a word ridiculous. Under this proposal, EVERY American age 16 or older making under $130,000 annually would get $2,000/month.
Married couples earning less than $260,000 would receive $4,000 monthly. Really, under this scenario, why return to work at all for many people? Families would also receive $500/month for each child, up to $1,500.
“The economic impact of this virus is unprecedented for our country. As millions of Americans file for unemployment week over week, we have to work quickly to patch the dam—and that means putting cash in the hands of hard-working families,” Ryan said.
“A one-time, twelve hundred dollar check isn’t going to cut it,” Khanna added. “Americans need sustained cash infusions for the duration of the crisis in order to come out on the other side alive, healthy and ready to get back to work.
Members on both sides of the aisle are finally coming together around the idea of sending money out to people. Rep. Ryan and I are urging leadership to include this bill in the fourth COVID relief package to truly support the working class.
The program would allow people to receive payments through direct deposits or check, but also through mobile apps such as Venmo, PayPal or Zelle.
Khanna/Ryan Livestream: Emergency Money for the People Act https://t.co/00rFzE5IpK
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) April 14, 2020
The current assistance package, which is part of a $2 trillion plan, gives checks of up to $1,200 for adults over the age of 18 if they earn $75,000 or less annually, with a prorated rate up to $99,000. Married couples will receive up to $2,400 if their joint income is less than $150,000 annually, with prorated checks up to $198,000. It also includes $500 per child.
The bill proposed by Ryan and Khanna would also give money to college students (and apparently high school students as well) who are already claimed as dependents on their parents income taxes, as well as adults with disabilities who are claimed as dependents.
The bill currently has 17 House Democrats as co-sponsors. It is unlikely the bill would pass as proposed in the Republican controlled United States Senate.
The country is basically in the position now where it is simply printing money, which is adding to the national debt. It is likely that such large expenditures will result in significant inflationary pressures down the road, some economists have said.
Of course, any time Democrats (or honestly for that matter Republicans) propose a bill, you need to keep an eye on the details. We recently reported on the Democratic shopping list in the most recent relief package that was proposed.
Now, let’s move on to the Democrat’s pork-laden “stimulus” bill. This part has to do with elections. Let us look at some of the “highlights:”
- Ballot Harvesting– a process where a political operative may come to a vendor’s home, collect their absentee ballot, and deliver it to a polling location
- Same-day Registration– Requires states to allow individuals to register to vote on election day
- Private Rights of Action- if states do not comply with the requirements of this bill by election day 2020, liberal groups would be empowered to sue the state. Due to the unrealistic timeline, it is likely many states would be at risk of costly litigation.
- Polling Locations– prescribes unrealistic, uniformed polling location requirements on states, mandating that polling locations are in areas within walking distance of public transportation, creates a vague standard for states to move their polling locations to “nondiscriminatory” areas.
- Provisional Ballots– Any provisional ballot must be counted no matter where it’s cast within the state.
Speaker Pelosi's #coronavirus bill includes:
-Provisions for a federal takeover of elections
-A climate change study on aviation
-Intrusive corporate diversity reporting burdens
Seriously? Now is the time to help struggling Americans, not play swamp politics with virus aid. pic.twitter.com/k2QDIcc8hP
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) March 23, 2020
Here’s some more information on the proposed Democrat bill, courtesy of Tucker Carlson of Fox News:
Here are some other “highlights”:
- “Not later than January 2, 2023, the Secretary of Transportation shall develop and implement, by regulation, a program to require air carriers that receive assistance under section 101 provide passengers with information regarding greenhouse gas emissions resulting from each individual flight…
- “Not later than 90 days after enactment of this act, the Secretary of Transportation shall seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (referred to in this section as the “National Academies”) to conduct a study on climate change mitigation efforts with respect to civil aviation and aerospace industries.”
- “The Congressional COVID-19 Aid Oversight Panel, in conjunction with the SIGTARP, shall collect diversity data from any corporation that receives Federal aid related to COVID-19, and issue a report that will be made publicly available no later than one year after the disbursement of funds.”
- The bill would eliminate debt held by the U.S. Postal Service
- The bill would pay of $10,000 in student debt per person
- The bill would mandate that airlines reduce their overall carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050; would implement emissions standards for airlines and require a full offset by 2025
- Would provide for automatic extension of non-immigrant visas and restrict colleges from providing information about citizenship status.
- Expansive new tax credits for solar and wind energy
- Increased collective bargaining and carve outs for Big Labor
- Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
- Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards
- A requirement for companies receiving assistance to implement $15/hour minimum wage
- $1 billion “Cash for Clunkers”-style program to buy planes from airlines
- $1.5 million to study climate change mitigation efforts in civil aviation and aerospace industries.
- New burdensome OSHA requirements for hospitals
- $1 billion to build on a program established by Obama that provided discounted phone service for low-income consumers.
To help the American people through these trying times, Democrats are insisting the #coronavirus relief package includes increased emissions standards for airlines and wind and solar tax deductions. Wait…is help the right word? #No #LetsGetThisDone #StopThePoliticalGames
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) March 23, 2020
If you are noticing that NONE of these have ANYTHING to do with stimulating the economy and helping the American people while current travel restrictions are killing business, you are right.
Meanwhile, what they are holding up are the following:
- Direct payments to the American people, $1,200/person, $2,400/couple, $500/child
- $350 billion for small business
- $250 billion in unemployment insurance
- $100 billion for hospitals
- $4.5 billion for the CDC
- $11 billion for vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and other preparedness needs
- $5 billion for FEMA Disaster Relief Fund
- $1.7 billion for Strategic National Stockpile
- $12 billion for the military
- $20 billion for Veteran’s health care
- $12 Billion for K-12 education
- $6 billion for higher education
- $10 billion for airports
- $20 billion for Public Transportation Emergency Relief
This is an abomination that Democrats are holding up real aid to Americans who are hurting by trying to prop up their half-assed “Green New Deal” and trying to conduct a bunch of social-engineering bull crap, while holding the relief bill hostage.
This is why people hate politics.
“People are dying, and all Nancy Pelosi and Democrats can focus on is ripping off the American taxpayer to help pay for their liberal wish list of government handouts,” National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement.
“As long as the White House keeps the checkbook open, Democrats will keep taking things,” a senior Senate GOP leadership source told Fox News late Monday.
“Today, 102 Americans died while the Democrats blocked consideration of this bill,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas said. “One Texan died while this chamber decided not to show up for work and do their job.”
Cruz also noted that while the Democrats are seeking to bail out the U.S. Postal Service, it has not suggested that it will terminate any employees.
One of the reasons the Democrats think they will get away with this is they expect the media to be utterly complicit,” Cruz added, while noting that the New York Times (as Law Enforcement Today reported earlier) changed its headline three times Sunday evening to describe how Democrats had killed the Republicans’ stimulus bill.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 23, 2020
After 7 p.m. Monday evening, after hours of argument in the Senate chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that, “We’ll not be having any votes tonight.” McConnell had earlier stormed the Senate floor, accusing the Democrats of “mindless obstruction” that could keep things dragging out for days, and said the Democrats list of demands keeps getting “longer and longer.”
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said, “The country is burning, and your side wants to play political games. It is time to get this done. The American people expect us to act, they need action. We need to get this done for the American people.”
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