Congressional Democrats putting politics ahead
Hard times always reveal character, and the coronavirus outbreak has cast the congressional Democrats in direct opposition to the image they project as champions of the poor, the working class and the common man.
A national bipartisan relief bill was about to allot $1,200 for every adult, $500 for every child, $250 billion for extended unemployment insurance and $350 billion for small businesses and $100 billion for hospitals as compensation for our troubles.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer have blocked the bill unless Congress also packs it with Green New Deal items and other special interest demands, none of which are related to the current pandemic.
These demands include tax credits for solar power, a complete carbon offset for jetliners by 2025, diversity czars at major corporations, same-day voter registration, a billion dollars for Planned Parenthood and a $20 billion bailout for the Post Office. I smell kickbacks.
These are only a sampling from the 1,400 pages of demands in order for Americans to get financial relief and hospitals to receive the equipment they need. Why should the welfare of Americans be held hostage this way? This should be a moment of awakening for political fence sitters.
Consider what the Democratic House whip, James Clyburn, said about the opportunities afforded by the coronavirus: "How many times are we going to get a shot at a $1 trillion-plus program? ... This is a wonderful opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision."
So, Democrats will "restrict" our welfare until Republicans pay their ransom note. For a party that loves to tout its "compassion," I have to say I'm not feeling any.
Lyneil Vandermolen, Tualatin
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