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So I've been seeing quite a bit of talk about how the U.S. is lacking significantly when it comes to the government's financial aid response. With unemployment numbers being as high as they are right now, the government's role in making sure all of it's citizens can eat and have a roof over their head should be the number one priority, as well as everyone's health of course. It's pretty obvious at this point that there has been quite a few hold ups getting even the basic unemployment benefits from state agencies. The call centers have been absolutely swarmed with calls and the online systems have been overwhelmed to the point of collapsing in some cases. And as of up until now there has only been one stimulus check delivered to the people, with the second check just now being approved days ago.
This lead me to look into which country is handling the situation the best. From what I can tell, it looks like Germany is in the lead when it comes to taking care of it's citizens and businesses alike. Germany looks to have put together just over $2.2 trillion dollars to it's aid and stimulus packages, significantly more than the U.S., France, Italy, U.K or Spain.
This brings me to my question. What exactly is the issue? Why is the U.S. government just now getting around to a second stimulus check? Why is the U.S. behind Germany? I'm not saying that every country has the same financial systems or should do the exact same thing for all situations, but if it works elsewhere it should work in the U.S., right?
I guess I'm just hoping someone could explain this to me.