One of President Trump’s staunchest critic has finally put aside her differences and come aboard to support recent decisions by President Trump.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sent out a series of tweets that were shockingly complimentary to the administration for how it has stepped up during this crisis.
Did She Really Say It?
This week, President Trump and Congress have been very aggressive in creating measures to help Americans while our country is more or less shut down.
If I am being honest, I do not agree with all the measures, but I will get more into that in just a bit.
As far as Omar is concerned, she is thrilled with the treasury cutting checks for American families, blocking mortgage foreclosures, and invoking the Defense Production Act to ensure the supply chain is taken care of during this time of need.
.@AyannaPressley always says, unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and we are seeing that in our country right now. I have faith that we will survive this as a nation and build together.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 19, 2020
Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy. This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 19, 2020
President Trump has equated battling the coronavirus to war against an invisible enemy, and that narrative seems to have hit home with politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Are These the Right Moves?
I have supported pretty much everything that has been done to this point, but the one measure I do not support is a massive payout to Americans.
On the surface, I know a lot of people are looking at this as survival money, but I think there are things that can be done that will be far more effective on this front.
First and foremost, mortgage companies and large-scale rental properties should temporarily suspend rent and mortgage payments.
For most Americans, the money they will receive will not even cover this aspect of their financial responsibilities.
While the administration has halted mortgage companies from foreclosures and evictions by landlords, what happens once that time has passed and all of the people that have been forced out of work are staring down at delinquent payments?
I would extend that suspension to credit card companies and lenders.
When you add mortgage or rent to credit card payments, business loans, car loans, and persona loans, even a $3,000 payment for a full family will fall significantly short.
Rather than contribute more to the country’s debt, do something that will relieve the stress of the reality about half this country is going to realize on the other side of a prolonged shutdown.
If not, once the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions is removed, we are going to have millions of Americans in foreclosure, being evicted, and filing for bankruptcy. This is not fearmongering, but reality.
The administration also has to address small businesses that are one-man shops.
Millions of Americans work-from-home right now as a single proprietor LLC, and due to the shutting down of most businesses, they are all facing dramatic declines in income, but they won’t qualify for any of the current stimulus packages being presented (at least from what I have read and heard so far, hopefully, that changes).
They have loans, rent, or a mortgage, just to name a few. A large majority of these businesses are going to shutter, dramatically adding to the unemployment rate.
The sad fact is this shutdown is going to create a situation where many small businesses are forced to close for good, especially in the restaurant industry, creating even more unemployment.
The stimulus package on the surface sounds great, but it is lipstick on a pig that does not address the reality of what will happen if we have a prolonged shutdown of our economy.
If two weeks is enough to put some businesses out of business for good, imagine what four or six weeks are going to look like.
I have personally written to two Senators and one congressman about this and sadly, not a single one of them has even answered me.
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