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“We have to pass the bill,” she said, “so that you can find out what is in it — away from the fog of the controversy.” Nancy Pelosi on the Affordable Care Act, March 2017. Apparently, they’re still doing it, except there’s still fog and controversy.
Do you know what is in this bill? In case anyone in government is wondering why Americans are so angry and disjointed, why our politics are so far apart, you need go no further than the latest tax-payer debacle that’s called the 2.5 Trillion Dollar Covid Relief Bill. Why are these huge spending bills always rushed through, in the dead of night, or over a holiday week? The almost 6,000-page bill was passed along for a vote that left most unable to fully read it.
This might be the only time that AOC and Ted Cruz agreed on something, pointing out that “the public also needs to be given a chance to see the bill with enough time to contact their representatives to let them know how they feel.” Members are reeling right now because they don’t have time to consult with their communities,” she added. “Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to Twitter to say that Ocasio-Cortez “is right.”
Only a portion, 925 billion was approved as an “emergency measure”. Aside from the $600 to each struggling citizen which might help for a week, here are some of the other “Covid Relief” measures that are included in this massive spending bill:
– Ten million dollars to Pakistan for gender equality programs. WHAT???
– Legislation on the next selection of a new Dali Lama (not making this up) “The legislation includes a section outlining the reincarnation and succession of the Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual leader in Tibet. According to the bill, “the decisions regarding the selection, education, and veneration of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders are exclusively spiritual matters that should be made by the appropriate religious authorities within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in the context of the will of practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.” reported by Fox News
– More museums: “The legislation establishes two new Smithsonian museums that will be located near the National Mall in Washington: The Women’s History Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino”, reported by Fox News. Do we really need more museums at a time when portions of major cities like New York, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles have a major lack of affordable housing, rampant homelessness, lawlessness, and drug abuse?
– According to Tom Elliott on Twitter: “The Covid relief bill lays the groundwork for a “Climate Security Advisory Council” – Uh Oh, what could possibly go wrong there and what does it have to do with COVID relief? I don’t know who Tom Elliott is, but he is reading and posting portions of the COVID bill on Twitter that include complete absurdities. Here’s more:
– “The Covid relief bill includes $193 million for federal HIV/AIDS workers stationed abroad to buy new cars.” Like I said earlier, WHAT?? https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1341137666230939650
– “The Covid relief bill includes funding to discourage teenagers from drinking and hooking up?” Hello – what is this?
– “The Covid relief bill includes $1.5 million for the Appropriations Committee’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” as well as lots of money for receptions”
Forty million to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Didn’t they already receive a big chunk of money last time? This is from April 3rd; a whopping $25 million:
How will this COVID tax bill be paid for if people cannot get back to work and open their businesses? It is not business as usual, yet the pork is abundant. I imagine come tax time, with so many out of work or barely squeaking out an income, the government coffers will be lean, so how could a new Biden administration raise taxes as they hinted? Yet this COVID Relief Bill seems to be full of unnecessary spending being handed out past the nose of us, the taxpayers, unawares. Yes, it’s still the swamp and it still needs drained.Published in