Massive Covid Bill But Only Small Amount Going to Covid Relief

Royal Alexander/Opinion

The bill is packed with pork that has nothing to do with the pandemic

This new $1.9 trillion bill shovels tax dollars to myriad special interests that have nothing to do with Covid even while approximately $1 trillion from previous Covid relief bills remain unspent. In fact, less than 10 percent of the bill’s spending will be targeted towards public health. The large majority of funding goes to special interest payoffs and other wasteful spending that will have little impact on reducing the spread of the virus or helping to strengthen an economy that is already getting even stronger.

Further, this “stimulus” bill is not only an enormous expansion of government spending but will also lead to one of the largest increases in government welfare benefits since the creation of the welfare state. The Biden plan is actually the opposite of welfare reform because it eliminates many of the work requirements that have proven successful and now essentially requires no progress or effort on the part of individuals who receive those benefits. This is, sadly, the best way to insure people do not ever return to work.

The bill, for example, also includes some $86 billion bailout for union pension funds that has nothing to do with Covid relief. It also contains a provision allowing non-white farmers and ranchers to write off government loans because they are supposedly “socially disadvantaged.” There are also block grants to “sanctuary” states and cities—which do not enforce federal law regarding illegal immigrants in their states and cities including criminal aliens.

As noted above, this enormous debt spending comes on the heels of $4 trillion of Covid relief last year. The new bill also sends stimulus checks to people who have not lost their jobs or their incomes as well as massive amounts of spending going to state and local governments even though the economic and fiscal damage to state and local revenues wasn’t nearly as bad as had been anticipated.

While our nation is showing great health improvements, and while the economic indicators are looking more and more positive, there are still millions of Americans out of work. That is why—in addition to being fiscally reckless and irresponsible—it makes no sense to spend trillions of new debt dollars on funding priorities that have nothing to do with Covid. Rather, the much smarter approach would be specifically targeted and defined policies that are only temporary and that, while addressing immediate needs, won’t develop into permanent federal programs.

7 thoughts on “Massive Covid Bill But Only Small Amount Going to Covid Relief

  1. People should really look up the facts of the thing! Some wouldn’t believe whats in it. It truly is crazy and its our money being wasted in many of the pay outs.

  2. Thank you Royal, you are right on target here. I have to wonder how the people who claimed this new administration was going to save the USA might be feeling right now. Of course, most of us know, as we heard or read it often enough, they are livid. Screaming and acting like fools saying, Royal always lied to make Trump look good and yada yada yada. I am so glad that we have people strong enough to stand up to the haters, and continue to write the truth. And if you have watched any news sources, you know the bill that just passed was full of everything except what was truly needed. Anyone changed their mind yet on the ability of old Joe to be president of our once great nation?

  3. Royal you said it well. So reckless, so impulsive and so damaging to this country.

    All of this madness is caused by the radicals that are now our new reality. The reality of a one sided government, the reality of a new and explosive dictatorship.

    And who are the fascists now? Even Antiifa ( the anti-fascists) have attacked Biden and the democratic headquarters in Portland. All with a torn up building of the HQ, decorated with graffiti saying “hate Biden”.

  4. A short synopsis of the Democratic Party. Tax, Spend, Steal, Tax, Spend Steal-in to perpetuity

  5. A short synopsis of the Democratic Party. Tax, Spend, Steal, Tax, Spend, Steal-into perpetuity,

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