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Politicians Are Holding Up Everyone's Stimulus Checks


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    It's well known that our political system here in the U.S. isn't the best when it comes to doing things speedily. There's just too many people and boundaries in place that make it just about impossible to get anything done in a manor that actually helps people in the now. Case in point, our current stimulus check situation is an outlandish joke at this point.

    When the first stimulus check hit everyone got a sample of what it looks like to be slightly taken care of by the government that we as a people hold up. There was a lot of big talk from POTUS and other politicians that the first check would be a greater amount, and that the second check (or second step in the stimulus process) would be coming quickly..

    Here we are months later and still nothing. This problem didn't go away after people received a thousand bucks. That money was most likely gone the moment they got it. What's needed is a steady flow of stimulus checks to balance everything out until things get atleast closer to normal. And I'm not talking a constant flow of money, but come on.. Atleast announcements or a roadmap for if/how this money is going to make it to the people.

    It's just hard to take in that our politicians are squabling over this instead of pushing it out the door as quick as possible to help people in need right now. Figuring out a way for it to help your political agenda and getting on board months from now isn't the right thing to do.

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    I understand your frustration. It often seems like common sense is thrown out the window when it comes to our Federal governments response to this sudden economic downturn.

    To me the answer is simple and all we have to do is look at how Western Europe has managed this crisis. Most Western European countries instituted programs that allowed citizens to continue receiving checks from their employer by directly subsidizing private payrolls, preventing a massive spike in unemployment and guaranteeing a steady stream of income for tens of millions of people suddenly out of work.

    So instead of receiving an unemployment check, many Europeans continued to receive between 70-85% of their income "from their employer." This program prevented companies from being forced to furlough or layoff their employees, making it exponentially easier to jump start their economies when they began to open back up.

    All the while we are sitting here watching our "leaders" twiddle their thumbs and debate whether or not they should "give us" (of our own tax money) a token $1,200 and even that is proving to be a herculean task.

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    Old Sport Wrote:

    To me the answer is simple and all we have to do is look at how Western Europe has managed this crisis. Most Western European countries instituted programs that allowed citizens to continue receiving checks from their employer by directly subsidizing private payrolls, preventing a massive spike in unemployment and guaranteeing a steady stream of income for tens of millions of people suddenly out of work.

    So instead of receiving an unemployment check, many Europeans continued to receive between 70-85% of their income "from their employer." This program prevented companies from being forced to furlough or layoff their employees, making it exponentially easier to jump start their economies when they began to open back up.

    I heard all about this on NPR. They went over all the details and had interviews from many participants and people running the program. It's so dumbfounding that we can't do this or something similar over here in the states. As you said, the virus doesn't pick and choose. A program like this helps to make sure people are as protected as possible.

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    Anyone have a bead on the latest chances of a second stimulus check getting passed? Seems like every headline I read conflicts with the other. Read for a while it was 100% going to happen. Then it was for sure not. Then Trump was going to make it happen, then he was refusing to talk about it. Then maybe.

    Any real updates I can rely on here? Think we have to wait until well after the election now?

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    Milton Wrote:

    Anyone have a bead on the latest chances of a second stimulus check getting passed? Seems like every headline I read conflicts with the other. Read for a while it was 100% going to happen. Then it was for sure not. Then Trump was going to make it happen, then he was refusing to talk about it. Then maybe.

    Any real updates I can rely on here? Think we have to wait until well after the election now?

    Yeah I think we are definitely going to have to wait until after the election now. Politicians seem to be too preoccupied with territory grabbing.
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    Isn't it crazy how this original post about a 2nd stimulus check was written in EARLY JULY?! It took nearly six more months for Congress to agree to the (depressingly low) additional amount of $600 for most people. It's really hard to wrap my head around.