On January 4 of this year, a day before the Georgia runoff election, then-President-elect Joe went to Atlanta to campaign for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. He spoke to a crowd and promised that if Warnock and Ossoff were elected, $2,000 stimulus checks would go out to all Americans.
Joe Biden said:
Look, Georgia there’s no one in America with more power to make that happen than you, the citizens of Atlanta, the citizens of Georgia and that’s not an exaggeration. That’s literally true. If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now, and if you send Senators Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple.
Is it that simple?
Warnock and Ossoff won the runoff election. It meant Biden was going to send out those $2,000 stimulus checks, except not really. That $2,000 check is now a $1,400 stimulus check:
$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying your rent and putting food on the table. That’s why my American Rescue Plan finishes the job of getting $2,000 to folks who need it most.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 30, 2021
The $600 Biden claims “is simply not enough” is the stimulus check sent out by former President Donald Trump sent before leaving office. Biden is now trying to piggyback on what Trump did so that he doesn’t have to do what he promised.
Why stop there? Why not claim the $2,000 check he promised is the total of all the stimulus checks sent out to the American people? The first stimulus check was $1,200. The second stimulus check was $600. That would mean he only needs to send out $200 stimulus checks to equal $2,000.
The United States is the richest country in the world
We are citizens of the richest country in the world. We also live in a country that largely mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve lost more people to COVID-19 than every other country in the world.
We don’t have a national plan for dealing with this global pandemic. Instead, we have 50 different plans, one for each state in the union. Some states have dealt with the pandemic responsibly. Others, not so much.
The federal government failed the American people
We’ve been dealing with this pandemic for eleven months now. Considering the slow rollout of vaccinations — again, we rely on each state to decide the best way to vaccinate people — we will be dealing with this pandemic for some time to come. According to the state of Maryland, I’m now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, the county doesn’t have any more of the vaccine to give. They are all out.
We are now in the eleventh month of the pandemic. So far, the federal government has paid its people a total of $1,800 in stimulus payments. That works out to be only $163 a month.
Joe Biden, breaker of promises
The federal government allowed the coronavirus to get out of control. It owes the American people far more than $163 a month—shame on Joe Biden for not realizing that. Now is not the time to renege on a promise. It sets a bad tone for his presidency.