To the editor:
(Re.“Target COVID relief to those most needy,” March 11, 2021) An editorial headline recently published read “Target COVID relief to those most needy" hit the nail on the head only not exactly the way Tim Lyke or Mr. Bock’s earlier letter to the paper meant. They both felt the COVID relief plan was too much and too expensive. I can’t recall if both writers felt the same way about Trump’s 2017 $1.5 Trillion tax cut bill where 60% of the tax savings went to people in the top 20% of the income ladder along with cutting the corporate tax rate by 40%. Can’t remember too much complaining about the cost of that action except by the Democratic legislators at the time.
After President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, I find it ironic that there are those in the Democratic Party that are crying along with all of the non-supporting Republicans in Congress of what a terrible and disappointing bill this is. Some of the Democrats are crying that it didn’t go far enough. All the Republican are crying it costs too much. (Have you noticed that when a Democrat is in the White House, the budget deficit becomes paramount, but when a Republican is in the White House, the budget deficit concern somehow disappears.) When the stimulus checks start to arrive, I am wondering if all those who are unhappy with the American Rescue Plan will send back their $1400.00 stimulus check. Recently I saw a household that is flying a flag that reads “F#$% Biden”. I would assume that household along with Mr. Lyke and Mr. Bock most likely will be refusing any stimulus check if they qualify to receive it.
It is my understanding that the American Rescue Plan will likely cut child poverty nearly in half along with helping to reduce poverty in this country by over a third. It would extend federal unemployment benefits until Sept 6 along with providing a tax break on $10,000 in unemployment benefits. It will prove money for vaccines and their distribution. It will give money to K-12 Schools as well as child care providers. It will also provide funding for states and local governments to support business and essential workers on the front lines. It will prove grants to restaurants and bars that lost revenue due to the pandemic. Infrastructure aid is provided. So, if these are an outcome of the passage of this bill, I would expect all Christ Loving People to shout “Halleluiah, Praise be to God!” But I know there will be negative responses to this bill along with anything that President Biden and his administration attempt to do. On one hand, our country is made up of people who accept the mess Trump left us with and will support actions to undo the damage done by his administration. And on the other hand, there are those who look at Trump as a demi-god and vow never to accept anything that does not come from Trump’s Mar-a-logo. What a country we have become!
— Carol Cate