After leaving Americans to fend for themselves for most of a year during a global pandemic that wiped out millions of jobs, the United States Congress has finally passed a second COVID-19 relief bill…pleasing exactly no one. As of this writing even Donald Trump, who famously loves signing things, is refusing to sign it.
That’s because the bill, despite being worth 900 billion dollars, pales when compared to the size of the social and economic crisis. Instead of doing what other nations did months ago and extending monthly cash assistance to its citizens to get them through this unprecedented period of uncertainty (and poverty) the Congress, in its wisdom, is offering Americans a piddling, one-time payment of $600 dollars and a minor extension of unemployment benefits for the jobless.
After all the time Congress took to work out something practical and all the time they wasted while people suffered and scrimped, all our fearless leaders have been able to slap together is a figurative crap sandwich, and the people they are paid to represent are less than impressed.