Somewhere, Rand Paul Is Weeping

It’s a fixer-upper with potential.

Who knew that giving pandemic payments in cash (not tax credits) to at-risk people would be money well-spent:

Julesa Webb resumed an old habit: serving her children three meals a day. Corrine Young paid the water bill and stopped bathing at her neighbor’s apartment. Chenetta Ray cried, thanked Jesus and rushed to spend the money on a medical test to treat her cancer.

In offering most Americans two more rounds of stimulus checks in the past six months, totaling $2,000 a person, the federal government effectively conducted a huge experiment in safety net policy. Supporters said a quick, broad outpouring of cash would ease the economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Skeptics called the policy wasteful and expensive. The aid followed an earlier round of stimulus checks, sent a year ago, and the results are being scrutinized for lessons on how to help the needy in less extraordinary times.

A new analysis of Census Bureau surveys argues that the two latest rounds of aid significantly improved Americans’ ability to buy food and pay household bills and reduced anxiety and depression, with the largest benefits going to the poorest households and those with children. The analysis offers the fullest look at hardship reduction under the stimulus aid. Among households with children, reports of food shortages fell 42% from January through April. A broader gauge of financial instability fell 43%. Among all households, frequent anxiety and depression fell by more than 20%.

And I would call that a success.


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9 Responses to Somewhere, Rand Paul Is Weeping

  1. And I would call that a success.

    Not for the like of the GQP, because it is crystal clear that for most of them, not only is cruelty the point, the infliction of pain on others is the only goal.

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    • R White says:

      According to the masters of the universe (wall st. bankers), can’t have happy and stress-free workers. They’re liable to work less hard or not work altogether and that can’t happen since this financial quarter’s false growth numbers have already been predicted and paid out to the inbred wealthy and their errand clerks in the antiquated senate.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    Who knew? Except for every poor person. No trickle (is that tinkle?) down needed. Give the money straight to the needy people. I’m sure the bankers have gotten it all back by now, but real people got something in return for once.
    It’s a great idea as far as I can see which is probably why it will never happen again.
    I wish all those that hate any form of Socialism would send back their checks but guess I can’t expect them to stop being hypocrites, can I?
    Doing stuff for poor and working people should be more popular. Maybe it can be.

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  3. beckymaenot says:

    That’s the thing that I don’t understand about the GQP. Every dime sent to needy Americans will eventually end up spent on rent, food, utilities, etc- which means that eventually, the GQP’s overlords will end up with all that cash in their pockets. It just takes a few minutes to get their greedy little 1% hands on it. Why wouldn’t the GQP support this kind of trickle up pay out? Seriously- the poors aren’t going to save the cash- they are going to spend it on necessities- unlike the top1% that just keeps growing their wealth. Job creators my ass- more like slave creators. I am so fucking done with these assholes.

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    Their entire idea that it’s all theirs and we should never touch it, amazes me. Do we get the money dirty or what? It’s all ones and zeros now anyway. Very little money to be touched anymore. Why do they fear us having money, even temporarily?

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    • beckymaenot says:

      Right? All for me, none for you. Ever. Seriously- isn’t this how so many French aristocrats lost their heads?

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      • MDavis says:

        That’s what Nick Hanauer has tried to explain to people richer than him. They seem to think they are different, better than the French.
        Huh – is this why the capitol cafeteria was serving Freedom Fries for a while?

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  5. R White says:

    Ease of mind when you have a little extra to pay the bills, debt, HC checkups, food, clothing etc. Once the necessities are taken care of, a curious mind will question and educate oneself on why our country is so supposedly wealthy, yet money poor resembling a third-world shithole and morally bankrupt republicans cannot have that.

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  6. pagan in repose says:

    Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” explains global capitalism’s mode of operandi.


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