Seriously, $25 million for the Kennedy Center? $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts?
Still, I’ve an unique concept that I’m betting hundreds of thousands of different Americans have had over the previous couple of days. How about one stand-alone invoice that addresses all the well being care emergency wants? How about we first get cash to hospitals, neighborhood well being facilities, docs, nurses, producers of masks, gloves, hospital beds, ventilators, Covid-19 exams, breakthrough therapies, and coaching in order that extra folks can study to securely help the well being professionals, lots of whom are already overwhelmed — after which cope with the bailouts for firms and nonprofits later?
After addressing these urgent points, Congress can then work on a second financial reduction bundle wherein it may well attempt to stuff all of the pork that we, the folks, don’t desire down our collective throats within the curiosity of “bipartisan compromise.” Or maybe, they’re going to really handle essentially the most urgent wants of a nation in disaster and go away the pork out of the invoice.
I do know that is asking lots, however simply take into account the lack to ship out press releases taking credit score for supporting an arts middle — Congress’s private sacrifice for the trigger.
After 9/11, many people thought we may be coming into a brand new period of shared sacrifice, just like the shared sacrifices made by our mother and father and grandparents in the course of the Great Depression and WWII. I, for one, thought we would be referred to as to tighten the belts at each stage of society as a way to defeat the terrorist menace. Of course, I could not have been extra improper. Then as now, Congress moved shortly to see how a lot of our cash it might spend on a lot of stuff we did not want. The Department of Homeland Security was created, as a result of al Qaeda would tremble on the mere considered a brand new, large paperwork that might do what all the different businesses had been already doing. Meanwhile, we, the folks, had been inspired to not ask what we might do for our nation however to go to the mall.
Today, we are actually being instructed we will not exit as a result of it is too harmful. Our children are house from faculty, highschool, grade college and preschool. All “non-essential” companies and companies like libraries are being pressured to shut. Most of us cannot go to our workplaces. For God’s sake, we will not go to church. When we do enterprise out for a stroll, we barely converse to our neighbors for concern of infecting them. We simply nod politely from a protected distance, shrug our shoulders and get by them as shortly as attainable. Our arms are uncooked from washing each time we contact a doorknob.
I simply wish to give my 87-year-old mother and 90-year-old dad a hug after I drop off the groceries. But that might defeat the entire level of doing their procuring — and so we follow no hugs, and plenty of disinfectant. They are veritable prisoners of their home. They’re paying the cleansing women to not present up.
My mother and father are questioning what all of the sacrifices they’ve made throughout their lives have amounted to. And they’re most anxious not for themselves, however for his or her kids and grandchildren. They concern we’re headed from pandemic to financial despair. They concern they will not reside to see the nation they love get well earlier than they die. My mom, particularly, is aware of sacrifice, having grown up in England. The Brits had been nonetheless on battle rations in 1952 when she met my pop, then a younger US Air Force sergeant doing his service.
Now, by means of all of this, members of Congress are nonetheless appearing as if it is enterprise as typical, bickering and arguing and pointing fingers on cable information whereas callously considering we, the folks, are too silly to see that they are as much as their previous spending methods. They at all times appear to assume we can’t discover the cash spent on pet initiatives and ideological whims as a result of these payments are usually so giant that solely the congressional employees who write the rattling issues know what’s actually in them. I’d say, “A pox on both your houses,” however I really concern I’ll be blamed if any of them get this dreadful pox that I would not want on anybody.
So my expensive members of Congress, for the love of nation, simply do the precise factor. Show some character, integrity and braveness. First ship the cash to the entrance traces of the well being care struggle. Then work out the financial reduction bundle. And get all of it executed by this weekend.
If you get it executed, maybe sooner reasonably than later we are going to all know the joys of shaking arms once more.