Brock Benson | Civil Patriot 

Congress has just announced a $2.3 trillion-dollar stimulus package that will give American families up to $600 a person. Finally, the long-awaited bill has been approved by both Democrats and Republicans. 

Don’t pull out the party hats just yet, folks. Don’t reach for those noise-makers. There are a few concerns with this bill that are raising eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. Social media is abuzz with chatter about the superfluous contents of the bill. President Trump gave a statement earlier this evening to share his disgust with the pork-packed package, which he has threatened to veto unless the dollar amount is raised to $2000 per person. He also wants your representatives to pull the pork before he’s willing to sign. 

Pulled pork. Yum. 

You can’t really blame him. This bill is absolutely loaded with things that have absolutely nothing to do with you or with COVID-19. 

“It’s called the Covid relief bill but it has almost nothing to do with Covid.”
President Donald Trump
(12/22/2020)

While Pelosi and her crew were slow in responding to the needs of American citizens, they’ve been more than generous when it comes to giving our hard-earned tax dollars to other countries. 

Take Pakistan. The 5,593-page stimulus package includes $10 million dollars for “gender programs” in Pakistan. 

Um, okay. 

Granted, women have it harder in Pakistan than almost any place on earth. As per a tweet of explanation from Lindsey Graham, they can’t even open a bank account without their husbands’ say-so. This is a tragedy and it flies in the face of everything we, as Americans, believe. 

That said, I question the timing of this generous offer to “study” the problem in Pakistan. Why is it going to cost me ten million dollars at the very same time my neighbor’s restaurant just went out of business because of COVID-19 lockdowns? Why am I writing a check to a foreign country when my own country is struggling to stay afloat? And why, for the love of all that’s holy, did we load up this pork-stuffed package with so many things that are completely unrelated to COVID-19? Can’t we “study” the problems of other countries at a later date? Please? 

Not that I’m a huge fan of this whole stimulus package, anyway. I’m fundamentally opposed to increasing our dependence on the government, (which is, I believe, their ultimate goal at this point). But I do see the president’s point. If we’re going to do this, let’s do this for America. For Americans. For the right people, the right reason, the right response. And let’s do this in a way that makes sense to the families that have been most impacted. 

Like my neighbor. 

With everything else going on, Trump could have quietly signed this bill and handed $600 checks to Americans. They would have been grateful and happy and never known about the excesses in this bill. But Trump’s got your back. He’s not going to let an overly-stuffed turkey carry his signature because it doesn’t focus on you. So, he has once again risked what people say about him to make sure you’re going to be okay. That’s what he does, even at the risk of the media shredding him. 

It’s time to sit down and write your representative a letter. I suggest you start it with these words:

Dear Senator so-and-so: Have you actually read this bill? Could you please tell me why $500 million dollars will be given to the country of Jordan for a border wall after you’ve spent years fighting our president over his border wall? And would you be so kind as to tell me why the bill focuses on horseracing safety and integrity? Could we please worry about the integrity of our nation’s horses after we deal with the integrity of our nation’s leaders? Yours very sincerely, a taxpayer who prefers not to give his money to foreign entities until his neighbor’s restaurant is open for business.

 

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