It is quite obvious that not all Americans are on the same page when it comes to the coronavirus crisis. There are plenty of us out there who don’t see COVID-19 as a big deal, and even more of us who understand the danger that the illness poses, but still believe that the lasting economic damage that extensive lockdowns will produce is far greater than the medical impact of allowing our businesses to reopen.
And let’s not even get started on the great face-mask debate – an argument that has played out in ugly and pedantic hissy fits that have gone viral on social media.
Despite the differences that we maintain in certain aspects of the COVID-19 discussion, there is something that we can all agree on: The federal government has been wholly irresponsible in their reaction to the virus, specifically as it pertains to providing economic stimulus for Americans affected by the situation.
Currently, Congress is fighting with the President over what exactly the next stimulus bill should entail, but We The People are growing restless and scared, especially as a wave of evictions looms just over the horizon. Compounding this issue is that fact that our entire economy is sandbagged on the back-end of the fiscal year with the consumer feeding frenzy of the holiday season, which will be greatly diminished this year on account of the economic circumstances we face.
Going into January of 2021 without our usual economic pop will tamp down any optimism that the stock markets may have found in the situation, setting us up for some real trouble.
That’s why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to compromise on a stimulus package is so incredibly frustrating.
Worse still is her stubbornness in not even considering it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Tuesday of being “an apologist … for the Republican position” during a stunning interview in which she grew visibly frustrated with “The Situation Room” anchor’s questions.
The fireworks began when Blitzer asked Pelosi why she “won’t accept the president’s latest [coronavirus] stimulus offer.”
“I hope you’ll ask the same question of the Republicans on why they don’t want to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi responded. “But let me say to those people because all of my colleagues — we represent these people … and their needs are not addressed in the president’s proposal. So when you say to me, ‘Why don’t you accept theirs?’ Why don’t they accept ours?”
Blitzer interjected, telling Pelosi that Americans “really need the money now” and quoted Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who recently said, “People in need can’t wait until February. $1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice the Obama stimulus … Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court.”
“So what do you say to Ro Khanna?” Blitzer asked.
“What I say to you is I don’t know why you’re always an apologist — and many of your colleagues [are] apologists for the Republican position,” Pelosi fired back, adding “Ro Khanna, that’s nice, that isn’t what we’re going to do and nobody’s waiting til February.”
Pelosi’s image took an enormous hit just weeks ago, after it was discovered that she violated local ordinances in getting an indoor, face-mask-less haircut at a California salon.
Her inability to provide much-needed stimulus to working class Americans could be the nail in her political coffin if she’s not careful.
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