Ronald Reagan once observed, “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
A Liberal Wish List
I thought of that quote when I read some of the details of the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that is touted as “COVID relief.” Critics, like Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), say that it’s a “liberal wish list.”
Scalise is not alone. Many Republican members of the House oppose the bill, observing, “Democrats have been hoping the public’s attention has been occupied watching a made-for-TV show trial of the former president in the Senate, because they’ve been trying to quietly load up a $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation bill with special interest pork and other liberal goodies.”
The bill proposes a $1,400 stimulus check for those who make under $75,000. But the Heritage Foundation observes that there’s a big price tag for that $1,400: “It adds over $14,000 per household to the national debt.”
Furthermore, the New York Post observes that less than 1 percent of the total proposed for spending deals directly with COVID per se, such as the distribution of vaccines.
Pork and Other Liberal Goodies
What does this proposed spending include?
- Payouts for abortion, including the opportunity for Planned Parenthood to get more funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — funds that are supposed to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.
- Illegal immigrants can receive some of this stimulus money through family members.
- Schools that remain closed can also receive these funds. This “Unconscionably gives labor unions — including those teachers unions fighting against school reopening — access to PPP funding worth up to $10 million per union,” say House Republican opponents of the legislation.
- The bill gives $350 billion in subsidies to failed state and local governments that have shut down small businesses. It seems that the wrong people are getting rewarded, and the innocent victims of COVID, including small businesses, are getting penalized.
And on it goes.
One man who is happy about all this disbursement is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who said, “We are spending a lot of money … I do think it is appropriate to start taking a hard look at asking the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes.”
It would seem that the left’s principle of “never let a crisis go to waste” is in full force here.
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SOURCE: Stream.org, Jerry Newcombe
Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the executive director of the Providence Forum, an outreach of D. James Kennedy Ministries, where Jerry also serves as senior producer and an on-air host. He has written/co-written 33 books, including George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Providence Forum founder Peter Lillback, Ph.D.) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.). www.djkm.org? @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com