Congressional leaders late Sunday evening announced that they had agreed to a $900 billion COVID relief package that will include $600 stimulus checks to most Americans.
Key Senate members touted the agreement – which took several months to become reality – as if they were the cavalry charging in to save the American people.
“As the American people continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be on their own,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared. “Congress has just reached an agreement.”
“After weeks of intense negotiation, we’ve reached an agreement on an emergency #COVIDrelief package,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also hailed.
“It will deliver emergency relief to a nation in the throes of a genuine emergency.”
$600 x 340,000,000 people (every man, woman, and child in America) = $204 billion. The deal is about $900 billion. Where’s the treat?#stopthestupid
— William O’Connell (@boconnel) December 21, 2020
COVID Relief Bill With Paltry Stimulus Checks For the American People
‘Intense negotiation’? Are we supposed to be impressed by your hard work, Senator Schumer?
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‘The American people will not be on their own’? Are we supposed to be grateful that Congress finally decided to help the people after almost a full year of lockdowns, Senator McConnell?
What’s in the new $900 billion stimulus package:
-$600 stimulus checks
-$300 extra UI through mid-March
-PUA & PEUC through mid-March
-$20bn for EIDL
-$25bn for rent assistance
-$15bn for airlines
-$$ 4 vaccineshttps://t.co/Dcnd0Zg6J7 via @rachsieg @JStein_WaPo
— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) December 21, 2020
As conservatives, we are loathe to hear of anything known as a stimulus coming out of Congress, knowing full-well it will contain ridiculous amounts of pork not meant for the actual American people.
But, come on. $600 relief checks? Half of what Americans received back in April, over eight months ago?
Could they be any more out of touch with the American people?
Sure enough, it took no time at all for the hashtag #LetThemEatCake to begin trending on social media.
$600 does Congress ever purchase groceries or do they eat for free on tax payers? WTF only pays $600 for rent?
Here’s what should happen. Congress should give up their paychecks and live on what they give to those who pay them. #LetThemEatCake #TakeTheBasicsFromCongress https://t.co/R2A8y1K2bC
— Monica Fraker (@FrakerMonica) December 20, 2020
People Aren’t Happy
Suffice it to say, there weren’t too many people all that pleased with the results of the $900 billion COVID relief package.
And there are plenty of reasons which mostly involve the average American being relegated to a $600 ‘relief’ check while other well-to-do people have been making out quite well during the pandemic.
That restaurant we were talking about – the one that California Governor Gavin Newsom was caught flouting his own COVID lockdown rules? They received a little stimulus of their own while other businesses were being forced to shutter.
Remember the expensive restaurant Gov. Gavin Newsom was caught maskless dining with a lobbyist?
It got $2.4 million in PPP loans. That’s 17x more than what the average restaurant in the area received. pic.twitter.com/9qPut7GuTk
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) December 20, 2020
Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady got himself a yacht.
@TomBrady Got 1 million in PPP money and Bought a new multi-million dollar yacht!
You got $600. https://t.co/j91vzooLjq
— Robert holgate (@415holgate) December 20, 2020
Kanye West’s fashion company turned out to be a bit of a ‘Gold Digger,’ getting millions in PPP loans despite the fact that he is a billionaire.
This is batshit! Look who received PPP loans by bipartisan in both parties. People and small businesses left out but Scientology $350K each site in US is disgraceful. This Stimulus will also support Corporations who pay lobbyists to help Congress $$$. Corrupt pic.twitter.com/iVprrE3W1v
— Anthony 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌊 (@AnthonyVote2020) December 20, 2020
Even the Democrats’ lapdogs, the media, are getting a little bit of love in the COVID relief package.
This is big: Schumer/Pelosi say the new PPP program will expand “PPP eligibility for nonprofits and local newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters”
— davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) December 20, 2020
But hey, cheer up … You’re going to get a nice fat $600 check after the holidays.
A check made up of taxpayer money. Your money.
As one person gracefully puts it, however, this isn’t about money from the government, it’s about the government preventing people from earning money.
The issue is not $600 vs $1,200, MORONS.
It’s about lockdowns or not lockdowns, CLOWNS.
The $600 versus $1,200 is only enough for part of a month expenses, IDIOTS.
The push should be to open because shutdown destroy lives & livelihoods and has not stopped the spread, ZOMBIES.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 21, 2020
Is it any wonder at all that Congress’ approval rating constantly hovers somewhere between traffic jams and dysentery?
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