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Should the federal government send every adult a $1,000 coronavirus check?
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Deborah Tamargo, 3/19/2020 3:55 PM
Not everyone needs a government check, not even those who have lost a job
but who are financially well off. I'd prefer that checks go to those who are in need because they've lost their job, and don't have an abundance of funds or resources available to them. Even in a time of crisis, I believe our government needs to practice financial discipline.
D Crenshaw, 3/19/2020 3:56 PM
I am retired and not financially inconvenienced by the virus situation. I think those who were employed and now are not, those who are on reduced salary, those who have children younger than 18, and those who own businesses should be given checks. In other words, those who truly need it. It may not be feasible to determine this, but it is the right thing to do.
nancy bennett, 3/19/2020 3:58 PM
Yes, I support the payout. I live in a small city with a lot of tourist trade, which of course is curtailed. We have more restaurants that average for our population, and those workers often make subsistence wages, no savings. Good, hard-working people all over need relief fast so we can keep spirits up and promote compliance with social distancing guidelines.
Sara Blackburn, 3/19/2020 4:12 PM
Absolutely not. It will make the deficit skyrocket. Everyone doesn't need it.
Diane MORRISON, 3/19/2020 4:13 PM
Yes, I support the payout. All in our household are elderly and have had added expenses of having to order everything online. Since we can't get to the stores for necessities, For instance, I had to order toilet paper on line and was only able to find 3 packages for $138.00. Each package had 12 rolls. Using Instacart causes additional charges. Since we are on a fixed income, the additional help would be welcomed.
Mary L Tripp, 3/19/2020 4:18 PM
I totally agree with Deb Tamargo's comments - help those who really need it - the rest of us will be OK.
Nancy Bishop, 3/19/2020 4:34 PM
I am not sure at this time. I worry about the "unforgotten" - those who are unemployed but don't qualify for unemployment, the homeless self employed, etc. It sounds good but how are they going to reach out to those who need it the most?
J. Sympson, 3/19/2020 4:35 PM
I agree with Sara Blackburn! Absolutely not. It will make the deficit skyrocket!
K.L. Shillock, 3/19/2020 5:01 PM
Across the board $1,000 is crazy. Better put some parameters on this. Something must be done to cushion the blow to those who've never saved a 6 months emergency
fund but let's not step from our already huge Debt Frying Pan in to the Inferno!
Do you really think this will be ONLY just a one time infusion?
Ellie Ackerman, 3/19/2020 5:21 PM
I believe any funds going out to people should be means tested. There are people who definitely should receive the aid, but not everyone would qualify for need.
Kay Sowers, 3/19/2020 5:29 PM
I do not think the government should send a $1,000 to everyone. I understand that many people may really need it, but many will not.
Helena Pitcock, 3/19/2020 7:41 PM
I don't agree that EVERY American should receive a check. I do agree with the disbursement process that has been discussed by the Federal Government, which is to only those under a certain amount of income (not those that are self reliant and wealthy). Those that rely on social security and those most affected due to businesses and schools closing, along with travel related jobs and restaurants, these people need help. So many people are affected by this crisis but not every single American should receive a check. Maybe question should have been poised differently.
Leslie Key, 3/19/2020 7:54 PM
No, not everyone needs a $1,000 check. Mitch McConnell is proposing a stimulus check plan based on each individual’s income, according to 2018 tax returns filed with IRS. Individuals would get $1,200 and couples would get $2,400, and each child would get $500. This amount of money would be reduced and phased down Incrementally, starting with individuals who earned more than $75,000 and couples who earned more than $150,000. So, individuals who earned more than $99,000 and couples who earned more than $198,000 would get NO check at all from our government. Money would be provided by direct deposit, the same way we get tax money back from the IRS. McConnell also wants to provide LOANS to hard hit small businesses - Loans that must be paid back. I think this combination of providing money to individuals that does NOT have to be paid back, along with loans to businesses that DOES have to be paid back, is a good idea. This will lift spirits and help eliminate fear and panic among those people who have been laid off and can’t make their mortgage payments.
Jan, 3/19/2020 11:47 PM
No, No, No! With roughly 260 million adults in the US, that would come to $260 billion; and since Congress is discussing even larger amounts per person, the real total will be significantly more than $300 billion that we would have to borrow. in order to pay out. This, of course, is just one portion of the stimulus that they propose, and an additional $3 trillion altogether will be added to our current debt, because of the virus.
It's important for the nation to remember that, crisis or no crisis, our national debt is a matter of national security. We already offer unemployment insurance, health benefits, and other welfare programs that will assist those who need it, whether from this current crisis or for some other reason. Expediting the process so that it's distributed faster than normal with less red tape than normal is reasonable, but bankrupting the country solves nothing. I also worry that sending a bonus of $1000 or $1300 per month even to those who have no loss of income is a bad habit to start. It will eventually become permanent. Plus, the money will go to some people whose income actually increases throughout this crisis due to the nature of their work.
In my household, despite a drop in net worth due to the stock market decreases, our income has been unchanged since we are retired. So why should the government send us a monthly bonus?
FDR used the Depression to push for his New Deal. Economists generally agree that this prolonged the Depression rather than shortening it. Obama threw money at the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which did little other than to increase our debt and help his large donors. Remember "shovel-ready jobs" that weren't shovel ready, and Solyndra?
Congress is acting as if this is currently an excuse for another New Deal and every social program that the Democrats have ever dreamed of. Some limited extended welfare for a finite period of time may be in order, but I am concerned that this will end up as a permanent expansion to the welfare state. Across the board checks (which I fear will become a regular thing) decrease incentive and discourage work. Some people will never return to work if the government sends a monthly check to stay home.
I am not unsympathetic to people hurting due to the viral crisis, but believe that they are better helped through our current welfare programs rather than sending everyone a check every month.
Deborah Guebert, 3/20/2020 12:03 AM
Absolutely not, as people have said earlier. More deficit spending is not a good way to help our economy become healthier!
Leslie Key, 3/21/2020 6:06 PM
Jan, I completely understand your concerns.
I hope our Republicans in Congress are smart enough to word this legislation so that it is CLEAR these are ONLY Temporary stopgap measures to help small businesses and individuals Temporarily during this health crisis.
I also am concerned that Democrats try to use this crisis as an excuse to PERMANENTLY expand our welfare state. The Democrats NEVER let a crisis go to waste. However, please reread what I wrote above. Neither Mitch McConnell or I made any mention of MONTHLY checks being paid to us by the government. Where did you get the idea that McConnell was proposing sending out MONTHLY checks???
McConnell never said that.
Margaret Smetana, 3/21/2020 7:41 PM
Government should aim to offset the hardships to Americans. Some people are not affected. Why give $1,000 to them. $1,000 is a gimmick.
1, 3/23/2020 6:30 PM
I agree. Send us all money so we can live.
Leslie Key, 3/24/2020 10:17 AM
This is the time for political action! Americans are hurting and losing their jobs because of this CoronaVirus. EVERY Republican should call Nancy Pelosi’s office and express your outrage about her attempts to shove Far Left legislation like the Green New Deal into an economic stimulus package. Pelosi’s demands for mail in ballots means no personal IDs will be checked for US citizenship- and massive voter fraud by illegal immigrants will result. Tell Pelosi Americans are going to remember her outrageous actions this November. Also call your US Congressman and tell them NOT to CAVE IN to the Democrats ridiculous legislative demands during this CoronaVirus crisis. Please get on the phones TODAY and make your voices heard. What Pelosi and the Democrats are trying to do right now is DISGUSTING.
M Winer, 3/26/2020 6:20 PM
I feel those at the lower end need more assistance. Those at $75,00 could get by. My expenses are much higher, since I would shop around for sales and now depending on someone else to shop, I am paying more for groceries. This is also a lesson for folks to save and spend their money wisely. I bet they don't miss paying their car and cell phone bills. Also, if people with low incomes are receiving food stamps why are their children going hungry and depending on the schools to feed them?
Caroline, 3/27/2020 9:52 AM
As an independent contractor who receives a social security stipend of $605.00 after Medicare cost is taken out, I need that money from the government to pay rent, etc. I'm alone, work to support myself. Receiving an EBT card for food is a blessing. Those of us who are older seniors, healthy, and must work to survive are often overlooked in society. We want to be independent, not take medicade, or money from our children. We will work untill we are incapcitated or die. I love president Trump and thank him for saving America from socialism.
Jan , 3/30/2020 11:47 PM
In answer to your questions:
My comment was not in response to yours; it was instead in response to the more general question that the NFRW asked, "Should the federal government send every adult a $1,000 coronavirus check?"
Bringing up FDR and the New Deal was intentional, since there are serious similarities today. The New Deal started slowly and then snowballed into enormous, permanent, welfare programs, just as is happening today. Although the checks are not (yet) monthly, much of what appears in the $2.2 trillion bill is either a permanent or a long-term expansion of welfare and/or requirements that businesses provide more in benefits to their employees. It is, at it's core, the government taking responsibility for what happens to the citizens and their employment situation.
And while the "Phase 3" bill is for a single check per household, "Phases 4 and 5" are in play, and a monthly check is already under discussion. You seem to recognize Pelosi's desire to add every left-wing proposal into the package, but keep in mind that Pelosi is in favor of monthly stipends to everyone in the country, including those who are not citizens. Especially in view of the fact that Pelosi calls Phase 3 ""the crumbs," it would be unwise to fail to anticipate that Phase 4 or 5 will, in all likelihood, include the monthly checks Pelosi has already called for. The single check in Phase 3 greased the skids for monthly checks in Phase 4 and 5.
Phase 3 was expected to cost $1 trillion, but suddenly became $2.2 trillion that we do not have and must borrow to cover. I hate to even contemplate what Phase 4, 5, and future bills will come to. We may survive the virus only to find there is no economy to return to.
If you re-read what I wrote, you'll see I mentioned "Congress," but McConnell's name was never mentioned . Still, you are correct that McConnell never said a monthly check was on the table. But he hasn't denied it either.