Unanimous corporatism in Congress. After a day of performative hassle and arguing over partisan details on the COVID-19 bill, U.S. senators passed the $ 2 trillion spending measure last night – 96 to 0 – largely unchanged.
The part that gets the most attention are the direct payments: $ 1,200 each for single Americans who made less than $ 75,000, married double-income couples who made less than $ 150,000, or single-income households less than $ 112,500 earned on annually adjusted gross income in 2019. Pro rata amounts go to individual filers earning up to $ 99,000 and couples earning up to $ 198,000. Families receive an additional $ 500 for each child aged 16 and under. (More details here.)
“Do you trust politicians to make investment decisions about your children’s future?” tweeted Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who was strongly critical of financial bailouts. Any American would hook up for more than $ 6,000 in debt for these “investments,” but it is the companies that will receive the rewards. Say no to corporate friend socialist bailouts. “
Libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) Also touches this theme. “Neither Congress nor the Treasury Secretary should choose winners and losers,” said Amash tweeted on Tuesday. “Business well-being is not only unjust, but also reflects government’s self-esteem. Only consumers, not politicians, can appropriately determine which companies deserve to succeed.”
If Democrats and Republicans are going to spend $ 2 trillion, “by far the best way to do it is to make a direct bank transfer that would otherwise keep the government out of the way,” he wrote yesterday. “That’s the most important thing to me.”
For $ 2 trillion, we could double the numbers below and give each family of four $ 7,000 a month for three months.
This would be much more useful to the people than the Senate bill. It would help everyone, prevent favoritism and provide the economy with the necessary flexibility. https://t.co/CymATWNrGQ
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 25, 2020
After the Senate vote last night, this is Amash’s pinned tweet:
And they cheered, because leaders assured them that corporatism was good and necessary and twofold.
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 26, 2020
The Libertarian Party calls on the House to solve the mess of the Senate:
We ask all reasonable representatives who intend to vote for the Senate #stimulusbill by Friday, from conservatives like @RepThomasMassie, for progressives like @AOC, independent @justinamash: cut the nonsense in this bill, use it to help people responsible and send it back to the Senate.
– Libertarian Party (@LPNational) March 26, 2020
Coronavirus in prisons and prisons. Yesterday morning, the “Department of Correction of New York City reported that 75 people in the city’s prison system have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 37 of them are facility personnel,” writes ReasonScott Shackford. “This has been a dramatic increase since the weekend, when officials reported that 17 workers and 21 prisoners were infected.” But carceral systems across the country continue to drag their feet to recognize the tremendous risks to prisoners, personnel and communities at large.
Meanwhile, federal prisons are fighting prisoner petitions and judging temporary transfers home during the pandemic. ReasonC.J. Ciaramella tells the story:
A Maryland lawyer says the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) refuses to let any of his clients into the house earlier than planned, despite the judge’s order. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in Maryland today filed a motion in that case and a similar case against prisoners’ petitions to be transferred from mid-house to house arrest.
Last Friday, an American district judge ordered Erica Cook, a federal prisoner who currently resides in a midway house in Baltimore, is following one emergency movement for her immediate transfer. Cook would be released on April 22.
However, Cook’s lawyer, Brian Stekloff, says the BOP has not admitted to relocating Cook since the court order, and today the U.S. District Attorney at Law for the Maryland District has filed. movement ask the judge to reconsider the order.
The motion notes that “half-way residents usually live close together with many other people, as in nursing homes and prisons [and] eat, socialize, and participate in programming in common areas, as well as nursing homes and prisons. Likewise, workers and residents often come and go from mid-houses, potentially carrying diseases or viruses to which they are exposed. “
Immigration services also needlessly endanger people:
They will reopen the immigration courts of Newark and Seattle tomorrow. In the middle of a reception center in order, during a pandemic, in the middle of the two epicenters of this crisis. Juuuuust to speed up the deportation machine.
– josie duffy rice (@jduffyrice) March 26, 2020
Top down does not work in the event of a pandemic. Officials should not overlook the fact that different states, regions, and communities in the United States have different needs when it comes to stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, such as J.D. Tuccille wrote here yesterday. Here’s more evidence to support the case that one-size-fits-all solutions won’t work – and, less fortunately, that internal travel controls may be on the way:
As these curves grow and separate, the US divides into red and green zones.
States that have some control over the virus will be green zones. They will quarantine or ban visitors from red zones. AK and HI are already doing this. https://t.co/gFn26oQjc8 pic.twitter.com/QDUNXfhLxq
– Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) March 26, 2020
- The Trump campaign threatens TV stations to broadcast an ad critical of its outbreak statements:
– Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 25, 2020
This week, Texas clarified an abortion ban under the guise that it is not essential health care, and stopping abortions will help free up demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, and jackets. But this is an unfounded argument. I’ll explain:
– Dr. Daniel grossman (@drdgrossman) March 25, 2020
- The United States Department of Agriculture flipped one line that families had to pick up free school lunches to take all the children with them, a measure that unnecessarily put children at risk of COVID-19 infection and sent a mixed message on guidelines to stay at home.
- The Libertarian Party’s appointment treaty is in doubt.
- The World Health Organization’s external relations officer fears vaping and COVID-19:
– michelleminton (@michelleminton) March 26, 2020