The $1.9 Trillion Bill Will Become Law Without A Single Republican Vote, Republicans Have No Fear…

The America Recovery Act, President Biden’s first $1.9 tril­lion US COVID-19 stim­u­lus pack­age, will face much the same response President Barack Obama’s Recovery Act did by Republicans.
Zero support.
The Bill is sched­uled to be vot­ed out of the US House today, after which it will find its way to the President’s desk to become law.
As has been the case for Democrats, Bill Clinton,& Barack Obama, Joe Biden was elect­ed after Republican [Plutocrats] cre­at­ed a mess, leav­ing the coun­try in a tailspin.
The last one was far worse than the two pre­vi­ous Republicans to occu­py the exec­u­tive man­sion. He left the econ­o­my in a tail­spin, race-rela­tions near civ­il-war stages, and an unat­tend­ed and rag­ing pan­dem­ic that took hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives on his watch.

It fol­lows a sim­i­lar pat­tern, Democrats gen­er­ate pos­i­tive econ­o­my-growth, using a bot­tom-up strat­e­gy that empow­ers every­one. Republicans take over; they pass laws giv­ing tax-cuts to the rich­est one per­cent of Americans who have no use for the mon­ey. The tax cuts do not get plowed back into the econ­o­my, so it gen­er­ates zero pos­i­tive growth.
In the end, the poor­est Americans are left hold­ing the bag to pay for their reck­less ret­ro­grade policies.
How can peo­ple see this and con­tin­ue to vote against their own inter­ests, when the results are so clear?
I will address that but first, let us see what’s in the Biden Bill that we learned was just approved in the House and head­ed for the President’s sig­na­ture on Friday, March 12th.

  • The bill pro­vides direct pay­ments to indi­vid­ual US cit­i­zens, tax cred­its for fam­i­lies with chil­dren, and hun­dreds of bil­lions in bailouts for state and local gov­ern­ments, pen­sion funds, small busi­ness­es, pub­lic schools, and health­care providers.
  • The bill pro­vides an esti­mat­ed $225bn in one-time, direct pay­ments of up to $1,400 for mid­dle and low­er-income Americans. Eligibility was nar­rowed for the cheques to lim­it indi­vid­ual tax­pay­ers mak­ing $80,000 a year or less.
  • The bill includes $350bn for finan­cial aid to states and cities, and trib­al gov­ern­ments to cov­er extra costs and rev­enue short­falls incurred dur­ing the pan­dem­ic. The revised Senate bill seeks to lim­it how the funds are used, pro­hibits bailouts of pub­lic pen­sion funds, and assures small­er states will get their fair share of the funding.
  • The bill pro­vides $130bn in fund­ing for pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary pub­lic schools across the next three years to begin to reopen and recov­er from shut­downs that have caused US stu­dents to lose up to a year of their education.
  • The bill seeks to reduce child pover­ty, which had wors­ened dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, by expand­ing the fed­er­al child tax cred­it. The cred­it is avail­able for tax­pay­ers earn­ing up to $200,000 a year who have a child liv­ing in their house­hold for at least half the year. The bill increas­es the child tax cred­it to $3,000 from $2,000 and allows it to be paid by the IRS in cash dur­ing the sec­ond half of the year.
  • The bill does not include an increase in the fed­er­al min­i­mum wage of $7.25 an hour last set in 2009. The min­i­mum wage varies from state to state but must at least equal the fed­er­al stan­dard. The US House of Representatives had approved an increase in the fed­er­al min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour. Still, the pro­vi­sion lacked suf­fi­cient sup­port in the Senate to over­come pro­ce­dur­al hur­dles and was removed.
  • The bill includes sub­si­dies for health insur­ance for peo­ple who have lost jobs. Under exist­ing US law, those who lose their jobs can remain on their company’s health plan for up to 18 months. The COVID-19 relief bill would pro­vide those peo­ple a 100-per­cent month­ly sub­sidy through the end of September. It also expands the avail­abil­i­ty of health insur­ance plans on the gov­ern­ment-man­dat­ed exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.*The leg­is­la­tion includes $14bn for dis­tri­b­u­tion and sup­plies of vac­cines as the Biden admin­is­tra­tion push­es to get every US adult vac­ci­nat­ed by the end of May. It also includes $8.5bn for rur­al health­care providers, $45bn in rental and mort­gage assis­tance and extends a fed­er­al mora­to­ri­um on evic­tions through September, and $30bn for pub­lic tran­sit agencies.*The leg­is­la­tion also pro­vides con­tin­u­ing fund­ing for the fed­er­al government’s Paycheck Protection Program, which gives sub­si­dies to small busi­ness­es that pledge to keep employ­ees on their payroll.

One does not need to be an econ­o­mist to see the ben­e­fits to the American peo­ple in this bit of leg­is­la­tion that is to become law with­out a sin­gle Republican vote in either the House or the Senate.
Republicans in both cham­bers, will go back to their states and dis­tricts where their con­stituents are suf­fer­ing from one, or sev­er­al of the issues addressed in this recov­ery pack­age, know­ing that they did not lift a fin­ger to help them receive a sin­gle ben­e­fit to off­set their woes.
How can they get away with vot­ing against a pack­age that has 61% approval with the American peo­ple, and is pop­u­lar with their own vot­ers, and is not con­cerned about their intransigence?
When it comes time to vote, they undoubt­ed­ly will vote for them, as a block in state after state, even after receiv­ing the ben­e­fits their rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sen­a­tors vot­ed against.
In Red states, Republican sup­port­ers will vote for their white­ness instead of their interests.
They will con­tin­ue to sup­port the Republican par­ty that no longer believes in democ­ra­cy, is will­ing to com­mit insur­rec­tion to over­throw the process, and set up a plu­toc­ra­cy that does not ben­e­fit them.

It is a mind­set born out of the four-hun­dred-plus years of racial supe­ri­or­i­ty that has been plant­ed in their heads by rich planters. The rich and pow­er­ful planters and busi­ness inter­ests sep­a­rat­ed them from Blacks based on race in order to main­tain con­trol of poor whites.
Out of fear for the bur­geon­ing num­bers of enslaved Africans and poor whites, the need to cre­ate space between the two groups became paramount.
Even though many were poor and des­ti­tute, and even though they resent­ed the rich’s incred­i­ble opu­lence, whites liked the idea of hav­ing some­one to feel supe­ri­or to.
Hundreds of years lat­er, like a cow­boy’s horse left unteth­ered; they remain unhitched while the cow­boy enjoys him­self in the salon.
They become use­ful again when the cow­boy needs to ride like hell to get away from the trou­ble he start­ed in the salon. Today they are need­ed when it becomes time to vote.
Hundreds of gen­er­a­tions lat­er, many of them are no far­ther along eco­nom­i­cal­ly, because they are still teth­ered to the sense that their white­ness is currency.
Their Representatives and Senators fear no blow­back from them. They know that their vot­ers would rather have no relief for them­selves, than relief for all Americans in need, regard­less of race.
Republicans in the House and Senate know that their vot­ers would rather drain the pool than share it.



Mike Beckles is a for­mer Police Detective, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, black achiev­er hon­oree, and cre­ator of the blog mike​beck​les​.com.