Its been obvious for a long time that the best way to stop the rise of right-wing extremism in America that everyones so worried about today is not to pass a bunch of authoritarian laws, but to reverse the policies of soul-crushing neoliberalism and domestic austerity which led to Donald Trump. Instead of doing this, the next president is already pushing a Patriot Act sequel and reducing the stimulus checks hed promised the public before hes even been sworn in.
President-elect Biden promised unambiguously that if voters gave the Democratic Party control of the Senate by electing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia earlier this month, checks of $2,000 would go out the door immediately. Warnock blatantly campaigned on the promise of $2000 checks if elected, literally using pictures of checks with $2000 written on them to do so. This was not an unclear promise by any stretch of the imagination, yet when Biden unveiled the American Rescue Plan on Thursday, the number 1400 was written where the number 2000 should have been.
The argument being pushed out at the moment is that when Democrats were blatantly promising stimulus checks of $2000 what they really meant was that Americans would receive $1400 on top of the $600 checks theyd received earlier, and everyone should have just known this somehow (perhaps via some sort of psychic precognition or sorcery). Which of course makes as much sense as someone hiring you to do a job for a given amount of money and then paying you the amount promised minus the amount youd made at your last job.
Its just so emblematic of US austerity policies, which are so normalized they dont even use that word. Keep people stretched so thin that even a paltry $2000 after months and months of nothing can be spun as an excessively exorbitant indulgence which must be scaled back to keep it reasonable. In reality a grand total of $2600 in the richest nation on earth after all this time would still be a huge slap in the face, but generations of media spin have gone into keeping Americans from attaining that level of rightful entitlement.
So as of this writing the internet is full of angry Americans actually typing the words $1400 is not $2000, which is totally bananas. People should not have to say that the number 1400 is not the same as the number 2000. It feels like if my Twitter feed was full of people saying Cars are not birds, or Pogs are not iPhones, or Mimes are not salad. People should not have to make such self-evident clarifications.
But they apparently do need to make such clarifications, because scumbags like Adam Schiff are looking them right in the eye, sharing information that says $1,400 checks on it, and telling them that it says $2000 relief checks.
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