Thursday, March 19, 2020

Does it make sense? $1,000 government payment to each American?

Are government payments in time of apocalyptic need appropriate?

A plan being floated in the U.S.: a federal payment of $1,200 per adult, $500 per child. Perhaps repeat in six weeks if state of emergency is still in place.

Does this plan make moral sense? Note: it makes no room for the degree of need. Certainly: people who are poor, due to loss of work. Low income people with families. Homeless people living in tents: in great need of government support right now. Targeting these makes sense.

Those Americans with emergency savings, fortunes and/or continuing income to fall back on, are not in great need. Throwing taxpayer’s money at high wealth levels doesn't make sense--is a waste of taxpayer money. The plan should be revised to focus more financial assistance to the unemployed, the poor, and otherwise needy. 

There's a cost to sending one or two thousand dollars to 200 ML people. That money will be debt for future generations to pay off. Doesn't make sense.

Why would the government dole out money to every ) citizens (or most citizens)? I don't know the motive but seems as if the government is trying to silence a fearful public rather than concentrating on effective measures to defeat the con-virus. Or worse, trying to buy votes in the 2020 election.

An ancient ancestor offers standards to follow: (Deuteronomy 15:11--The Bible--Revised Standard Edition:).  “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor. . . .”    

"The Poor Sisters"   Meynell. In the public domain via Wikimedia.

Important P.S.: 3/25/2020 The bill that passed the Senate today has proposes an income cutoff. Persons with incomes higher than the $71,000 cutoff would not receive money.    Another high mark for Senator Romney who, I believe, proposed this change. 

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At March 19, 2020 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Chris Johnson said...

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