After President Trump fell flat with his comments about recovering from COVID-19, he is changing focus and saying that he wants to offer another $1,200 stimulus check. The problem is that $1,200 was not enough for pretty much everyone effected by the pandemic and the possibility of that same amount having even close to the same impact as before is impossible with the economy struggling for months with no plans for recovery.
Trump initially stood firm against discussing the possibility of offering any form of financial help in the form stimulus checks until after the election tweeting, “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Businesses.” It took a few hours and it appears that Trump decided to flip-flop on the matter. He tweeted, “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY.”
If a bill is put in from of him with nothing but the stimulus checks written into the bill, then he might sign and it is really a win-win scenario for Trump. The President will be able to say that he is trying to do what is best for the American people by giving out $1,200 to everyone and if the bill isn’t a stand alone bill then he can reject it and have leverage to do so. The bigger issue here is that the $1,200 promised in this hypothetical situation did not last very long the first time. A lot of people are out of work and being forced into debt to stay afloat. Many others aren’t as lucky. This is avoidance on a grand level and shows the out of touch mentality that he carries with him.
by: Steven Sandage