Your next shipment of coronabucks is on the way.
Well, nothing’s official yet, but it’s looking more and more like Republicans and Democrats will cut a deal on yet another “stimulus” for an economy that’s been crippled by policies justified as necessary to “protect public health.”
It’s worth noting that while the party of “fiscal responsibility” does not want to spend as much as the “opposition,” it’s still plenty eager to spread goodies from coast to coast. Republicans appear to be comfortable adding as much as $1 trillion to the national debt — currently at $26.5 trillion — with a cornucopia that includes fresh subsidies for agribusiness and “defense” contractors.
One prize that’s not likely to be in the final agreement is a continuation of the $600 extra in each weekly unemployment check. Not only has the “freebie” been rife with fraud, it is a major disincentive for returning to work.
And New Mexico’s politicians love it.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham considers any reduction in the payment “an unconscionable step backward in our fight to provide help to affected workers & to help sustain our economy.” Wannabe senator Ben Ray Lujan, currently “serving” in the U.S. House of Representatives, calls the $600 boost “a lifeline for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic,” allowing “families to keep a roof over their heads, feed their children, and pay their bills.”
Federal money is always welcome in New Mexico. Federal attention to the state’s glaring inability to protect its residents from violent crime? Not so much. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has joined the “leaders” of Portland, Seattle Kansas City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. in denouncing “egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities.”
As city after city descends into mayhem and destruction, perhaps Burqueños will soon have a different perspective.