White House Officials have been attempting to negotiate another coronavirus relief package with Democrat leadership and so far, things have not gone well. One of the main reasons for the stalemate on this issue comes from the fact the left just wants to use the bill as a means of getting radical leftist policies pushed into law.
Well, they’ve reached another snag in negotiations, this time over whether or not state and local governments who have been ravaged by the coronavirus and the lockdowns that were enforced to try and contain the spread of the illness, should receive more federal funds.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Negotiators are trying to close the divide between the Senate Republicans’ $1 trillion HEALS Act, which includes no new funding for states, and the House’s $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, which allocates about $1 trillion in new funding for state and local governments.
The stalemate puts at risk potentially trillions of dollars in aid for families, businesses and the U.S. economy, including a fresh round of $1,200 stimulus checks, extra unemployment aid for millions of out-of-work Americans, $100 billion to help reopen schools and relief for cash-strapped state and local governments.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the lead White House negotiators, called Democrats’ request for $1 trillion for states “an absurd number,” saying there’s “plenty” of cash available already for the governments.
Mnuchin spoke with CNBC saying, “We’re not going to give a trillion dollars for state and local. That’s just not a reasonable approach.”
President Trump also expressed his thoughts and feelings about the matter, in typical fashion, on social media:
So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were “hardliners”, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Democrats say they are worried that without the federal funding for state and local governments, these communities will be forced to lay off employees and thus reduce the kind of essential services available to people who live in those areas.
While it’s true that these folks need help, the number the Democrats are asking for is completely insane. Contrary to what the left seems to think, we can’t just willy-nilly print money like it’s no big deal. This causes inflation and lowers the purchasing power of the dollar, which could also lead to economic collapse.
Unfortunately, all liberals see in this situation is an opportunity for wealth redistribution, which always seems to be on their agenda in some form.