MASHUP: $2,000 STIMULUS CHECKS. pic.twitter.com/XBHhcp7l8y— Watchdog (@demswatchdog) February 1, 2021
What I don’t understand is why Dems AREN’T pushing for $2000 checks. Yes you can argue that a new payment added to an old payment makes a sum total of 2k and thus “counts” but since we all agree direct payments have been inadequate why not just demand 2k instead?— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) February 1, 2021
Like why adopt the position that the 1400 dollar new payment you are pushing for technically should be called a “2k check” and spend time trying to explain that rather than just trying to maximize the amount of relief payments?— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) February 1, 2021
Translation: Reddit is fucking up wall street so we’re gonna resort to character attacks and psychoanalysis as a last ditch effort to get them off our ass https://t.co/HY2xDJBrJg— Secular Talk? (@KyleKulinski) February 1, 2021
I enjoyed this podcast.
Thomas Frank is right that the Democrats are backpeddling on $2,000 stimulus checks. Neoliberal Joe and the Democratic leadership were never really on board with the issue, but couldn’t resist exploiting the issue to win the Georgia Senate races. There is nothing stopping them from pushing a clean bill for $2,000 checks right now through the House and putting it on the floor of the Senate which is now controlled by Chuck Schumer. There is no reason why it can’t be done by the end of the week. When they were engaging in performance art politics in January, they had the bill in front of McConnell in like two days.
Check out the polling on the issue in Georgia:
“In response to the coronavirus pandemic, should the Biden administration issue another round of stimulus checks to individuals to bring the total to $2,000?
Yes – 76%
No – 20%
Don’t know; refused to answer – 4% …”
There is a super majority for economic populism in Georgia. Why wouldn’t you send out the checks, depolarize our politics and focus on the dozen or so super majority issues?
This is why the Democratic leadership is slow walking the issue and going so hard on all of these polarizing racial and culture war issues. They have to split that populist super majority and create non-stop hysteria and terrify their base about “white supremacy” and “domestic terrorism” because otherwise the public would figure out that it really isn’t that divided and that it is the job of the people on television to keep them that way. We could find areas of agreement and compromise and get lots of things done.
Note: You should be very afraid of the shitlord known as “Ricky Vaughn.” Douglass Mackey was “like a Field Commander in the assault on our democracy,.” It is literally the Reconstruction era in Georgia which elected Rev. Raphael Warnock last month because he ran on giving everyone in the state $2,000. Even we thought he was the better choice over Dollar General Perdue because electing Warnock on the $2,000 check issue would prove our thesis and expose the Democrats.