Over 520,000 people have died of Covid-19, but every single member of the self-proclaimed “Pro-Life” party has so far voted against the Covid Aid Act. On the other hand, what could they complain about to justify the impending ongoing destruction of our country?
In fact, a majority of economists polled by Reuters said they expect President Biden’s Covid aid will bring the economy back to pre-COVID-19 * size within a year *, and the law the Democrats passed based largely on Biden’s January proposal. It provides financial relief to struggling Americans, expedites vaccination distribution, helps small businesses, and provides support to teachers and schools.
Unfortunately, this is exactly why U.S. Congress Republicans elected are 100% against it, despite the fact that many Republican mayors support it and 70% of all voters support it.
Senate Democrats, for example, admitted cuts in weekly unemployment insurance supplements in an attempt to get Republicans on board. Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin snuggled up to Republican Senator Rob Portman’s idea of ”cutting federal unemployment benefits sooner than most Democrats want,” as Senate Democrats seek consensus with the entire Republican Party and at least two of their own Find members.
Potentially good news is reported by Heather Long during the ongoing negotiations: “Sen Dems says they have reached an agreement to extend the increased unemployment to $ 300 / week by September. The deal would also make $ 10,200 NON-TAXABLE unemployment benefits, a huge relief for millions faced with surprising tax burdens. “
As we saw in the Obama years, Republican elected officials are deliberately and actively working to undermine the US when they are not in power.
Michael Grunwald reported in his (excellent) book “The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era” on “the Republican conspiracy to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret-led meetings by Eric, the Whip of the House of GOP Cantor (December 2008) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (early January 2009), in which they set out their daring (albeit cynical and political) strategy for honeymooning against an elected one To serve presidents during an economic emergency.
“If he were for it,” said former Ohio Senator George Voinovich, “we had to be against it.”
In 2009 it was not an ideological objection, but a strategy of disability – EVEN IF IT HURT THE COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE. And that is also true now. Their objections centered – as they now claim as another Democrat tries to contain the damage to the last Republican president – on “spending” and “pork”.
See if this excerpt from Grunwald rings a bell: “Boehner turned to the $ 815 billion bill that the House Democrats had just unveiled. Boehner complained that it was too much, too late to spend on too many democratic goodies. He urged its members to dump it on cable, YouTube, and the floor of the house: “It’s another common, undisciplined, cumbersome, wasteful Washington spending bill … I hope everyone here will vote no with me!” ”
Throwback to today, and it’s Republicans objecting to spending and Republicans opposing the House’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package because they believe two transportation projects are the Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would have benefited politically.
But guess what: these projects are no longer on the bill, and as PBS points out, the Republicans referred to the subway extension as the “Speaker Pelosi’s Pork Subway Project,” despite being 50 miles from their district .
They added, “The Trump administration boasted of its efforts to fund the railroad project when it approved $ 125 million in federal matching dollars in 2019.” Schumer reported that the New York bridge attributed to him was also part of Trump’s infrastructure boost.
The same party did not even blink as it blew up the debt for a trillion-dollar tax cut that benefited the rich and corporations, and yet they shy away from protecting lives and their economies Helping their own country – by the way, several of them told us to let our grandparents die as collateral damage for fuel.
While principles that change based on power are nothing new, the Republican Party has taken them deeper than a democracy can sustain – and it has done so with the support of a well-funded (as opposed to the difficult liberal end of the spectrum) conservative media infrastructure committed to the misleading epistemic shutdown that benefits the top 2% of our country and our businesses.
Perhaps this is a good time to point out that when it comes to abortion, some Republicans are now even arguing against rape and incest as an exception. “We understand that issues like rape and incest are difficult to deal with. However, we believe that the value of human life is not determined by the circumstances of one’s conception or birth, ”the Students for Life of America wrote in a draft to NPR in May 2019 that promised an abortion law from Alabama no exceptions other than a woman’s life.
“The value of human life is not determined by the circumstances of your conception or birth” – Hmmm. Where is this value now? Where is the value for a life that doesn’t allow Republicans to control women’s bodies? Where is that value for life now that more than 520,000 have died brutal, horrific, and lonely deaths from Covid-19?
Here we are, and the Republicans have now removed their final objections from the Senate MP and they are still a block NO. Now they are purposely wasting time calling for less help to be given to the people and the economy with little hope that they would even entertain themselves to the incredible idea of saving lives, doing the right thing, what is best for their constituents, for the Democrats don’t look good when they’re trying to help people.
This is the party with which many media outlets are calling on the Democrats to reach a “bipartisan” agreement. There is nothing bipartisan about saying no to a bill that is supported by bipartisan citizens.
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