WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrats in the U.S. House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are a piece of work. Never ones to let a crisis go to waste, the Democrats have used the third piece of legislation in response to the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, this one aimed at economic relief for Americans impacted by the waves of enforced closures, as a means to advance a litany of their agenda items having nothing to do with the issue at hand. Minimum wage increases, wind and solar credits, same day voter registration, automatic work visa extensions, and on, and on — this $2.5 trillion monster of a stimulus bill is stuffed full of more pork than your Uncle John after a summer pig pickin’.
Already, the Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats in that chamber were filibustering the other $1 trillion-plus bill hoping to include policies such as extending tax credits for solar and wind energy.
According to NPR, two trade groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), sent a joint letter to members of Congress last week saying that extending the credits “would allow our member companies to hire thousands of additional workers and inject billions in the U.S. economy.”
It’s the same old story; ‘stimulus’ is whispered in Washington, and a lobbying gold rush ensues. And Leftists begin to salivate.
The bill reportedly includes a bunch of money to prop up Planned Parenthood, because you cannot grow up to get Wuhan Coronavirus if you’re never allowed to be born. It also includes student loan relief of up to $10,000; stricter fuel emission requirements for airlines; spelling out protections for absentee ballot harvesting (and automatically mailing those ballots to ALL VOTERS); placing gender/racial diversity requirements upon any company that receives any grant or assistance from the bill; and a provision PROHIBITING institutions of higher education from providing any information to the Census Bureau on the immigration or citizenship status of any individual.
To be sure, it’s not as if the only objectionable items stuffed into this bill come from Pelosi & Co. The bill will reportedly include a $500 billion corporate bail out fund for affected industries. The strings attached to that federal bail out money are not likely to be very taut. A company may indeed take a millions in federal relief, and then turn around to buy back its own stock.
Yet, even the popular, bipartisan portions are pretty eye popping. The bill is includes, according to Treasury Secretary Mnunchin, a direct payment of $3000 to the average family of four (unless your 2019 income was too high, then you get nothing despite all those taxes you paid). Andrew Yang may have dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race, but his wish for direct monthly government payments to Americans may be becoming a reality.
And if that’s not enough, there are provisions Democrats are fighting to have included that would create digital currency options for the U.S. Dollar, give qualifying Americans a ‘digital wallet’ at the Federal Reserve, that lawmakers and bureaucrats can just fill up whenever there’s a need to buy some votes.