Can we uninstall 2020 and reinstall it again? We have a virus. Congressional Democrats’ attempts to play pandemic politics based on fear have resulted in another proposed $3 trillion relief package that is panoply of social policies and a liberal wish list that includes bailing out fiscally irresponsible blue states with decades of under-funded pension plans at the expense of taxpayers in states which live within their means.
The inappropriately named “Heroes Act” is more a liberal ideological agenda than Covid-19 recovery package. Over 100,000 small businesses will fail and over 20 million Americans have filed for unemployment. Local and state governments have not yet spent all $150 billion in the last bill. Congress should determine the impact of prior spending before borrowing another $3 trillion with crushing interest. Lawmakers need pro-growth policies, infrastructure projects, strong recovery incentives, and deregulation to help small business. Unemployed workers need help, not socialist policies endorsed by the far left. Congress has an ethical responsibility to be good stewards of our economy while protecting the nation’s health.
Hospitals and healthcare workers should receive whatever they need and great thanks to the private sector for stepping up in this important endeavor. The United States has suffered more than 80,000 deaths and that is a tragedy not a political opportunity.
In hindsight we will reflect on our response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and the results of our next Presidential election will define the United States for generations to come.
Russell Bizette, Port Orange
Among other duties, The Senate and House are intended to provide checks and balances for presidential power. The president is not a king or emperor who has complete autonomy. In the current, almost uniformly Republican administration this level of safety is absent. Those who currently control the government care not about the sovereignty of the United States or the Constitution, they care about their power and wealth. They can pledge allegiance to the NRA and salute corporate welfare while their tenure lasts.
This opportunity afforded by thiswill never occur again so they must ride it to the finish line. But ultimately they depend on the sheep-like complacence and credulity of the masses to maintain their position of power. Try to remember this in the next election.
Barbara Morgan, Daytona Beach
Digging a deficit
Where will the money come from? Politicians want a $3 trillion stimulus but the virus is causing a decline in both federal and state tax dollars. Do we really want to leave our grandchildren and great grandchildren with this mess? They could look carefully at who they want to receive assistance and cut the pork. No matter what they do, sooner or later the money will have to be paid back. As always they have two choices, raise taxes or cut benefits. What do you think they will do?
Steve Jackson, Palm Coast