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The official unemployment is still at a staggering 14.7%, with actual numbers certainly quite higher than that, but talks of a second round of stimulus checks has stalled with no clear sign of if or when they will even come. If that weren't bad enough, the first stimulus check still hasn't been delivered to 35 million Americans. That is simply unacceptable.
Millions of Americans are hurting for no fault of their own and it is frustrating to see our leaders not being able to step up to the plate to help them out. While the House of Representatives has passed a bill that will, among host of other things, give most Americans up to $1,200 each, the Senate has so far refused to take that bill up or even offer competing legislation that would then give the opportunity to compromise with the House.
I honestly don't understand what the hold up is because stimulus checks, unsurprisingly, stimulate the economy. The vast majority of people spent their first stimulus checks on staples like rent, food, and common household bills days after they received it. People aren't purchasing Nintendo Switch's with their stimulus checks; they are purchasing chicken and vegetables.
Our leaders need to put politics aside and act to support individuals and families who are struggling not because they don't want to work but because they can't work. If they don't then we will be looking at a far bigger financial crisis in the not-so-distant future.