In January, Democrats campaigned for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the second round of the Georgia Senate election. One of the main promises Democrats and Substitutes made during this race was that Democrats taking control of the Senate would result in a direct pandemic relief payment of $ 2,000 to many Americans. On January 4, at a campaign rally in Georgia, President-elect Joe Biden said, “If you send John and the Reverend to Washington, those $ 2,000 checks will go to the door, bringing hope, decency and honor to so many who are struggling today. “
Warnock and Ossoff won, but those $ 2,000 checks didn’t leave the door.
On the day of the inauguration, the White House announcement the US bailout, claiming the package “would give working families a check for $ 1,400 per person to help pay their bills, which would bring their total relief payment and December down payment to $ 2,000 “. From day one that they held unified control of government, Democrats were already exhibiting the kind of dishonesty that makes people skeptical of politicians. During his campaign in Georgia, Biden didn’t say that the $ 1,400 checks would be handed out because the December $ 600 was your down payment – no, he said “$ 2,000 checks.”
Adding to the frustration, Biden was ready to additional checks based on resources for people who earned less than $ 50,000 in 2019, instead of the previous bar of $ 75,000. In Los Angeles, where I live, the median income is $ 54,501, but according to Yahoo Finance, you need $ 136,208 to pay rent and live comfortably in this city. Few residents have this level of comfort. Same before the pandemic, 1 in 5 Los Angeles County residents were already facing a food shortage, and according to a report at the University of Southern California, 1 in 4 Los Angeles County residents from April to July 2020 experienced some form of food insecurity. The pandemic has only worsened economic unrest already forged by capitalism.
The government’s economic aid plan is not even close to being enough. Direct payment for those who qualify is by no means a proportional response to one of the greatest economic crises in US history.
To understand what a true US bailout would look like, it is imperative to recognize the scale of the tragedy we are all experiencing at this time. Almost 500,000 people died of COVID-19. This is even without counting the people who may have died indirectly pandemic through overdoses, suicides or pre-existing illnesses that have been exacerbated by isolation and stress. The dead are not just numbers or statistics; they are grandmothers, uncles, lovers, friends, cousins, teachers, co-workers and much more. They had a network of loved ones who cared about them and who were not able to fully mourn their loss. Millions of people have lost their source of income and are at the risk of losing their home, if they haven’t already. The level of trauma we all experience is not even unfathomable at this point. Yet we are expected to keep working, going to school, paying our bills and continuing on the mad rush of capitalism, pretending that the world around us is not on fire.