Never before in recent memory have members of Congress behaved so poorly in just about every way. They have continued to miss the boat on every piece of legislation that has come out of Washington in the past 40 years. It’s no wonder, then, that the United States has the greatest income inequality in our country’s history. The half-ass approach in this latest stimulus proposal is a prime example of how far they really are from the plight of millions of Americas.
Long before this pandemic hit, the financial implications facing too many Americans have deteriorated to the point that the daily struggle to survive is a balance between paying the rent, the mortgage, or buying food. It is long past for our government to act and act with compassion, humility and humanity in providing the necessary means so that every American can have the opportunity to climb the ladder of economic mobility. But, this so-called stimulus bill that is currently being debated in the halls of our capital falls short of providing the necessary safety nets that would prevent millions of Americans from falling into the abyss of poverty.
We must always remember that in order to achieve great economic stability, one must adhere to Williams’ theory of economic development. This means that the vast majority of a country’s population has sufficient disposable income to spend, save, repay debt, and invest. In the United States, we are so far from having the economic stability that is the root of many of the problems we face today. Today, this is where the richest 1% of our population controls over 80% of the wealth of nations. This imbalance is at the root of much of the national unrest, heightened frustration and instability. All this is currently damaging the future of generations to come.
It has long been time for our elected officials to act by proposing legislation that directly addresses the crisis which has already decimated our entire society. It is not just the pandemic, but all the other factors that have turned the majority of Americans into dire financial straits from which there is no viable way out. What is needed today is for Congress to pass a stimulus bill with provisions that include the direct injection of readily available cash of $ 1,500 per month for 12 months for everyone, as well as the strengthening unemployment benefits. Other aspects planned in this stimulus bill are to include Medicare for All, AKA Universal Health Care, a 12-month moratorium on evictions, and increased funding for SNAP.
The current proposal does not respond to the real threat to our way of life. Along with the enormous health and medical crisis facing not only America but the entire world, there is a tsunami of financial catastrophe that continually impinges on our future. And we had better look into the fact that if we fail to implement the necessary progressive reforms, this financial tsunami will sweep the whole world and cause untold collateral damage that will cripple all industrialized countries.
The writing has already been on the wall for years and yet lawmakers are continually blind to what is really going on under their noses. The deep divisions that exist in our nation today are a direct result of past policies, legislation, and forced mandates that brought the United States into a cataclysm of sociological deterioration. The cohesion that once brought unity of purpose within has deteriorated over the past forty years. It has deteriorated to the point that without a concise directional plan for the short-term relief of this medical emergency, providing economic and financial assistance to millions of Americans this rising tide of financial distress will sweep the country. A catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude since the Great Depression will be the direct result of what our Congress has failed to deliver to the American public.