Debate after debate has clearly shown that slapping a few hundred dollars, even a few thousand, into people’s palms doesn’t eliminate the drastic problems caused by millions seeking jobs and a crippled economy.
At this point, after months of debilitating and ridiculous shutdowns, promising pitiful and wasteful checks is more of an insult than a temporary boon.
As President Donald Trump’s term in office comes to an end, American’s will swiftly realize that Biden’s “promised” $2,000 checks will not be coming in the mail.
Why? Because even Democrats know they are a joke and far from the real solution that needs to be focused on.
President-elect Joe Biden’s promise of $2,000 stimulus payments to Americans has run into a reality check in the form of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
When first asked about the checks, which Biden promised to dole out while campaigning for Democrats to win the Georgia special election that was held this week, Manchin told The Washington Post “absolutely not,” a comment that made the rounds of the news media.
Manchin said he and Biden had a “difference of opinion” in a comment to The Post during his original interview that was later picked up by WTHR-TV.
“How is the money that we invest now going to help us best to get jobs back and get people employed?” he said in a comment picked up by Fox News. “And I can’t tell you that sending another check out is gonna do that to a person that’s already got a check.”
“I don’t know where in the hell $2,000 came from,” Manchin said. “I swear to God I don’t. That’s another $400 billion.”
Later, in a follow-up interview, Manchin said the critical issue would be targeting checks to only focus on those with the greatest unmet needs.
He also said that sending out checks is a lower priority than getting Americans vaccinated.
“If they can direct money and they say, ‘This will help stimulate the economy,’ hell yeah I’m for it,” Manchin said.
“But basically right now, you better get them vaccinated.”
Biden on Friday said that the checks will be part of a relief package he will propose that will ship billions in aid to local governments, increase unemployment payouts, send millions to schools and also help small businesses.
“The price tag will be high,” Biden said, with The Post estimating the cost at several trillion dollars that would come on top of about $4 trillion already being spent to address the impacts of COVID-19.
On the campaign trail in Georgia leading up to the Senate runoffs there, Biden promised fast action to get $2,000 checks in Americans’ hands.
“Their election will put an end to the block in Washington — that $2,000 stimulus check — that money would go out the door immediately, to help people who are in real trouble,” Biden said, according to The Post. “Think about what it will mean to your lives — putting food on the table, paying rent.”
Liberal groups expect Biden to deliver now that Democrats will control the White House and both houses of Congress.