The word from Washington today is that an agreement has finally been reached between Democrats who passed a $3 billion-plus stimulus package to combat the financial crisis caused by the pandemic months ago, only to face an immovable object in the form of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocking the monetary relief to suffering Americans at every turn…until now.
Having already admitted that he would not allow a bill that helped ordinary Americans pay for food, clothing, and shelter without horse-trading immunity from liability for corporations that put their workers in harm’s way during the pandemic, McConnell finally gave in after it became clear that his own power was in danger because the lack of a stimulus bill was threatening the election of two GOP senators in Georgia that his return as Senate Majority Leader will depend on.
After initially rejecting the idea of any further direct payment to individuals while slathering dollars on corporate interests, McConnell finally agreed to a paltry $600 one-time payment that the Democratic negotiators were forced to accept rather than see people continue to get absolutely no help from the government as their unemployment insurance runs out and their rent and mortgages are due.
As word of the agreement spread, people on social media attacked the new payments as too little, too late, and blamed McConnell and the rest of his caucus for their pitiful parsimony when it comes to the health and welfare of ordinary Americans.
Mitch McConnell held the American people hostage for 8 months, only to give American families $600.
That’s not a stimulus package; that’s a slap in the face.
— Kim Mangone for Congress 2020 (@KimMangone) December 21, 2020
$600 won't cover funeral expenses. Hell it won't cover cremation expenses. Sorry for being so dire, but it does show on some level just how our Congressional representatives have betrayed us in this pandemic. There's not one of them, thx to US, are in such need. #Obscene
— MC (@cammac491) December 21, 2020
WV Gov. Jim Justice’s family companies received at least $6.3 million from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
You’re getting $600.
Remember that shit. https://t.co/1K35GmcqIg
— Lynn Rousseau-Tuitt (@WVJAPpalachia) December 21, 2020
This isn't let them eat cake, it's let them eat cat food.
— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) December 20, 2020
Please stop saying Congress when it's specifically Mitch McConnell. Please stop saying Speaker Pelosi when it's specifically the GOP Senate. Please stop saying both sides when it's specifically the Republican party. It's lazy, inaccurate & irresponsible.
— And The Tweet Goes On (@lacadri34) December 20, 2020
Joel Osteen got $4.4million. You get $600.
— Rep. Malcolm ‘Wear A Mask’ Kenyatta (@malcolmkenyatta) December 20, 2020
Just going to leave this here so you can see what other countries are and have been doing during the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/On1prO2G5e
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 21, 2020
~ They are making it look like, they are being generous, by tossing us peanuts. ~ Hell, they are keeping the peanuts for themselves and tossing us the empty shells. ~ This is one hell of a hollow bill, that is supposed to help people who are suffering. ~ https://t.co/KHIDJObU6A
— Becky Werner (@bw71961) December 21, 2020
— Nick Pennebaker (@pennebaker) December 20, 2020
Members of Congress have each been paid 16 paydays of $7,125 base salaries for a total of $114,000 since sending you $1,200 to live on 240 days ago. You got 20 cents a day, they got $475 a day. And they took a recess (paid vacation). #coronavirus #StimulusCheck pic.twitter.com/7aWUpYbIBh
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) December 20, 2020
— Jack Napier (@jerj24) December 21, 2020
US Citizens: no one can live off of a one time $600 #StimulusCheck!! What about rent?? Food??
The Senate: pic.twitter.com/bk1eEn3yBN
— Francesca Calo (@Monetatwork) December 18, 2020
No matter how many people shame the Republican Party that is responsible for this abominably minuscule pandemic relief check, don’t expect them to have an ounce of shame.
The GOP has been bought and paid for by corporate interests for decades now, and their shamelessness is legendary. They’ve got theirs and don’t worry about you at all.
If this doesn’t inspire you to contribute to the campaigns of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to win the Georgia Senate runoffs and remove McConnell from the leadership of the Senate, I don’t know what will.
Here’s a link to donate. It will be the best money you ever spent, even in the face of difficult financial circumstances.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.