Ten Senate Republicans met with President Biden Monday to discuss a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill, but House and Senate Democrat leaders are already talking about forcing their $1.9 trillion plan through Congress over Republican objections. Republicans want a $600 billion bill that’s targeted to those who really need help.
If the Republicans who met with Biden vote with the Democrats, it could overcome the 60-vote margin to end a filibuster. On the other hand, moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin could still stop a bill that’s too big and too stuffed with far-left wish list items and bailouts for blue states for years of financial mismanagement that has nothing to do with the coronavirus. So far, Manchin is holding firm for a bipartisan bill, but he’s under tremendous pressure to cave.
Here’s my solution for stimulating the economy and helping people harmed by the virus lockdowns: end the lockdowns. Studies have shown they make virtually no difference in infection or death rates but have caused endless pain and suffering in other ways. And what is the justification for continuing them? California Gov. Gavin Newsom just eased that state’s lockdown, even though daily infection totals were higher than when he first imposed them last year (but then, so was the number of signatures on the petition to recall him.) States like Florida and Texas are doing fine, both in rebuilding their economies and handling the virus.
So instead of going $1.6 trillion deeper in debt to bail out badly-run blue states and hand out more money to the forcibly unemployed, how about helping those who really need help now and getting their governments out of the way so that their people can go back to making a living? If they don’t know how to get out of the way, maybe some red states could loan them a few political leaders who know what they’re doing to show them.