Acting as so many are today out of an abundance of caution, President Trump wants every American to get a $1,000.00 check to simultaneously help individuals and the economy we all rely on. It’s a move that many will call hasty but one that is nevertheless in perfect alignment with so many other drastic measures we’re seeing amid the Wuhan Virus hysteria.
Praised today for his tone even by Fake News CNN’s Dana Bash, President Trump continues to take extraordinary measures to lead our nation through what everyone with any kind of meaningful platform assures us all is a catastrophic disaster of Biblical proportions just waiting for our inaction to happen.
Does the moment truly merit the meltdown?
I’m highly skeptical and the media’s persistent dishonesty, flagrant partisanship, total lack of integrity, and exploitation of their power is the single reason for that skepticism.
Still, I know that President Trump has to respond with seriousness and action, and as one of his earliest and strongest supporters I’m sincerely glad he’s doing so.
But I also know that my family and I don’t need the $1,000.00 stimulus check. And I’m guessing many others who will qualify for and get one don’t either. Like many private sector employers, mine has made every effort to take care of its people and ensure continuity in our financial livelihood. They’ve taken steps to adhere to the cautionary warnings with respect to social distancing etc, but we are still getting paid. And the downturn on Wall Street doesn’t impact my family’s near-term financial well being.
Additionally, many conservatives like me have spent years chastising rich liberals who claim they want to pay more in taxes..
“Fine! Go ahead! DO IT! All you have to do is check that little box on your tax form and designate how much additional money you want to fork over. You think the government is a better steward of your money than you are? You want to pay more taxes? Nobody is stopping you Matt Damon, Stephen King, Jimmy Kimmel, George Clooney etc. Go ahead and do it!”
Now consider that many of us are also inspired by President Trump charitably donating his salary to various initiatives every quarter. Many Americans don’t know about that because the anti-Trump and often America-hating corporate media are too busy trying to convince you that he’s AKSHUALLY broke in real life — and a morally bankrupt, evil man — so the fact that he gives up his $400,000 per year salary and charitably donates it instead of keeping it for himself, hurts both of those narratives.
But it’s true. He does.
So with all of that in mind, I’m writing now to offer a suggestion to Trump supporters and any other patriotic Americans who want to do a little more to help out right now.
If you don’t need the check, find a way to give it back. I had initially hoped for there to be some kind of opt-out mechanism because the simple act of cutting checks actually costs a decent amount of money, and it would be great if those of us who don’t truly need it right now could spare our government that expense entirely. But that’s likely a logistical nightmare so the better option might just be to find a charity, or even give it right back to the government when you do your taxes this year.
If most of you are being honest, what our nation is going through — whether it’s being sensationalized and weaponized by the media or not — isn’t hurting you financially at a personal level in the near-term. If you’re heavily invested in the stock market then yes you’ve seen your investments and/or 401Ks take serious hits. But that will all come back. And the more positive and united we can be through this thing, especially since the dishonest and disgraceful corporate media 100% will weaponize it and try to use it against Trump once the smoke settles, the better we’ll all come out of it at every level.
So take a stand with me, Trump supporters who can legitimately afford to.
Thank President Trump for his swift action. Thank his team of health experts for their dedication to putting America First and helping see us through this thing. Thank your neighbors for not being idiots and doing their part to help stem the spread of this virus, just like they should and hopefully do with every virus as well. (Wash hour hands. Don’t cough on people. Don’t lick doorknobs. Stay home if you’re sick so you don’t get others sick. Give particular deference and care and compassion to the elderly and otherwise immunocompromised.) Thank all of them. Thank everyone. Come together and be grateful. But also, if you can afford it — and I know many of you can — do one better.
Put your money where your mouth is just like we watch President Trump do with his salary, and just like we tell liberals to do when they’re mouthing off about how awful our country is and how greedy everyone is except for them.
Many of you don’t make a ton of money. Many of you have little or no savings at all. Most of us would rather see a more judicious expenditure schedule instead of the one-size-fits-all approach that’s apparently being considered. And all of us would welcome a $1,000.00 check (or whatever it will be if it’s taxed as a bonus or something). But how great would it be if a large group of Trump supporters all banded together and sent a message to the media and everyone else about who we are. It would be good for our movement, it would be good for President Trump, and it would be good for our country at a time when we clearly could use some good news and good will.
I don’t have the plan for how to promote and track this. I’m floating the idea hoping those with bigger platforms than I will help carry and amplify it. But I will tell you this: If this individual stimulus check plan comes to fruition, I will 100% at least do my own part and will meet you right back here after the checks go out to show you those receipts.
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