Joe Biden has not been sworn into the presidency yet, but he’s already drawing scorn from the most radically-left members of Congress. In separate tweets this weekend, members of the so-called “Squad” have lashed out at Biden’s proposal to send $1,400 checks to most Americans. While Biden has argued that, when combined with the Trump stimulus checks, these new payments would amount to the $2K checks he promised, the House lawmakers say this is a classic example of a bait-and-switch.
“$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Biden said on Thursday that his plan will “finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it most.”
“The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough,” he said.
But the socialists of the Squad don’t just want a one-time payment of $2,000, they also want the checks to become a regular thing.
“The people deserve, demand and require $2,000 recurring monthly survival checks,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
“$600 wasn’t enough,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Friday. “The American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks.”
And, just to round it off, here’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI): “$1400 < $2000. Math teachers know this. That $600 is already in the clutches of landlords and bill collectors. Stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors.”
House Democrats like AOC and her friends, of course, believe that they can snap their fingers and get whatever they want. The reality is, Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus package is already facing stiff opposition from Republicans.
“Multiple congressional Republicans from Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, publicly panned Biden’s proposal Friday as a non-starter,” reports the Washington Post. “Biden would need at least 10 Republican Senators to pass the measure through ‘regular order,’ the typical path for approving legislation in the Senate. Biden’s current proposal appeared very unlikely to command that much support in a GOP caucus already uncomfortable with the more than $4 trillion already spent by the U.S. in response to the pandemic.”
There comes a point when responsible economic emergency stimulus becomes federal welfare, and we’re probably already past that line as it is. Democrats are trying to use the coronavirus as an excuse to pass ongoing legislation that will “steal from the rich to give to the poor” and grow the federal government in ways that will persist for generations. Republicans need to be very careful about what they vote for.
And Biden, if he wants to preserve his party, needs to stand strong against these radical voices in the House.