I just knew that those opposing the much-needed $1.9 trillion Pandemic Relief Aid proposal would cite as their reason for doing so the belief (that I don’t recall ever hearing from them in the last four years) that we need to be “fiscally responsible” and not add to our national debt and federal budget deficit. It is one thing to say that we “can’t afford” to bankrupt our nation over expensive items like “The Green New Deal” and “Medicare For All.” But it is very different when we are having a national crisis such as this pandemic and when most our citizens are truly hurting and struggling financially. Even many upper-middle-class Americans are struggling to pay their bills.
This is NOT the time to preach “fiscal responsibility.”
If you want to find out the real reason behind why these sanctimonious Senators and Congress people are saying that the proposal is “too generous”, then do what is called “Follow the money trail”, and find out who their biggest, richest, and most powerful and influential campaign donors and contributors are. Then, find out how the DONORS want them to vote on this and other proposals, and you will learn why the legislators are taking this particular stance.
The big donors pressure the legislators to vote in favor of what is in the economic and financial self-interest of the donors, and not what is best for the American people as a whole. After all, the legislators very much want to receive those large campaign donations and contributions again when they run for re-election.
Because, as my Dad always used to say to me—-“Stewie, the Piper must be paid.”
Stewart B Epstein