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HOT TOPIC: The Stimulus Check

SO!

There is a debate about the infamous $2,000 stimulus check. If legislation is approved, common folks, like you and I, will be funded.

What’s the issue?

The people who are arguing over how much relief we deserve make at least double your yearly salary.

“He has a point.”. This is what I said when semi-Democratic Senator Manchin expressed that he didn’t want to give working people money just to put in their savings account.

I started to think deeper though…

Everyone(who is not rich) has been adversely affected by this Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you are employed, essential, underemployed, laid off, or gainfully employed, we all need financial relief.

Let’s take my family situation, for example. I am a stay-at-mom(still) and my husband works (more than)full-time. This seems normal, right? Yes it does until you realize that your kids, who normally go to public school, have been homeschooled for most of the last year. That $700 grocery(only) bill becomes almost $1000. Your electricity bill skyrockets. Home repairs become more frequent because Casper The Friendly Ghost knocked a hole in the wall.

I’m fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom during this time. Some working parents have to pay for daycare when they normally would rely on their kids being at school.

What’s wrong with having savings? A lot of people who were living paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic are now struggling to eat. No one knows when or if(because people want to be jackasses) this pandemic will be over. What’s wrong with being ahead incase something unfortunate or unexpected happens?

I don’t hear any qualms when these same lawmakers pad legislation with their hefty salaries. I don’t hear any qualms when the big corporations receive grants and loans for business-related expenses, when the money really is just pocketed.

Apparently, to qualify for this stimulus check, you can’t make anymore than $75,000 a year. That sounds like a lot of money, unless you live in a state such as New York or California, where a year worth of rent payments can pay off a new car.

We can’t expect millionaires and billionaires, who have never had to live paycheck to paycheck(or less), to vouch for us. Unfortunately, the lawmakers who can relate to the struggling everyday worker are in the minority. Unfortunately, we keep electing the former, all in the name of aligning with Democrats or Republicans.

Let’s not forget the most forgotten people during this pandemic- the currently or recently removed college students. The way that legislation has been set up, former and current college students continue to get screwed over. College students have to make a living too, and there is life after college. Unfortunately, because they are or were considered dependents, college students and new graduates keep getting cut out.

This is not a competition about “Who is struggling the most?” or “Who had the most essential job?”. This is strictly about our government doing something to help the average people. The funny thing is that we boast about how much our country has to offer, and how wealthy it is, but the lower classes always seem to get kicked when they are down.

Make THAT make sense…

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By Antonia Harris

A stay-at-home mom & dedicated wife on a path to find a purpose.

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