The Reason website has an interesting article addressing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, a plan that seems to provide little relief to Americans facing the pandemic. Instead, it seems more a spending spree intended to boost up Democrat special interests.
Take, for example, the proposed $128 billion for K-12 schools, “for preparation, prevention of, and response to the coronavirus pandemic or other uses allowed by other federal education programs” (italics added). Well, that’s pretty vague! Biden insists that this money is needed in order to properly re-open schools. Why? Private schools and plenty of public schools across the country are already open. Also, $100 billion has already been appropriated by Congress or in previous COVID relief bills that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, remains mostly unspent. Schools need an additional $128 billion more than the $100 billion they’ve hardly spent in order to re-open? That makes no sense. Plus, most of the $128 billion isn’t even appropriated for the 2021 fiscal year! Only $6 billion is appropriated for 2021. Another $32 billion is set aside for 2022. The rest, $90 billion, is to be spent over the years until 2028. So, what’s the urgency? What’s this money really about? It certainly has little to do with re-opening schools in the face of the pandemic.
Biden’s plan will give $350 billion to the state’s to help pump up their budgets. But, this money will go to all the states, including those with budget surpluses. Why do states with budget surpluses need a boost from the federal government? Especially since $300 billion has already been given to them in previous relief packages to boost up their budgets? Again, this makes no sense – unless Biden is wanting to reward governors who supported his campaign? As Reason argues, none of this money will likely be spent this year on the pandemic. It’s going into state coffers.
Biden insists he wants to help families struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. So, why does his plan include sending checks to families with two working adults making up to $120,000 a year? Honestly, how much are you struggling if you’re making $120,000 a year?
Biden’s relief package, for some reason, includes a hike in the federal minimum wage to $15/hr. But, that doesn’t take effect until 2025. Someone explain to me how this is supposed to help a country reeling economically from a pandemic in 2021.
Reason says that, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), only 1% of Biden’s relief plan is designated for vaccines. Only 5% is designated to be spent on pandemic-related public health needs. What’s all this money for? If you ask me, Biden’s COVID relief package, which he and others insist must be passed immediately, is a boondoggle. It does little for pandemic relief, rewards Biden’s political supporters, and will bind future generations to decades of debt.
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