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“Animal Farm” Contained In COVID Relief Bill.

As you may be aware, on Friday night / Saturday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a COVID stimulus bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package early Saturday — the sixth COVID bill passed since the pandemic began a year ago.

The vote around 2 a.m. ET was 219-212.

Two Democrats voted against their party’s plan: U.S. Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. Both lawmakers also opposed a $3 trillion bill last May that ultimately failed.

Golden issued a statement defending his decision.

“During challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities,” Golden said, according to The Associated Press. “This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending.”

Republicans contend that the bill is essentially a “wish list” for Democrats:

Not a single Republican backed Saturday’s bill. About two hours before the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy derided the proposal as “Pelosi’s Payoff Bill.”

McCarthy, R-Calif., further described the legislation as “Democrats’ costly, corrupt and liberal spending package,” one that he claimed signified, “The Swamp is back.”

“Congress won’t actually vote on this bill until 2 a.m. Saturday,” McCarthy said. “Why? Because Democrats are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in this bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.

“We ran the numbers,” McCarthy added. “The amount of money that actually goes to defeating the virus is less than 9 percent – Less than 9 percent! So don’t call it a rescue bill. Don’t call it a relief bill. Call it the Pelosi Payoff.”

Still, the issue that concerns most Americans is this:

The proposal contains a third $1,400 stimulus check for Americans earning less than $75,000 annually, increases jobless benefits to $400 a week through the end of August, expands the child tax credit to up to $3,600 per child, includes $350 billion for state and local government funding and allocates $170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education institutions to cover reopening costs.

So now families will get another $1400 check (that Biden still thinks is $2000, but we digress.)

Yet lurking in the bill is this payoff for Federal workers that is not available to the average worker:

Buried on page 305 of the House bill released late last Friday night (included after the bailout details for states and localities), is a new Treasury Department fund called the “Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund.”

$570 million in the new fund is available through September 30. Federal employees caring for others due to Covid-19 are eligible for paid leave. Among those eligible are those who are “unable to work” because they are caring for school-aged children not physically in school full time “due to Covid-19 precautions[.]”

The new Fund allows a federal employee “caring for a son or daughter” to qualify for the paid leave, specifically:

“if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, if the school of such son or daughter requires or makes optional a virtual learning instruction model or requires or makes optional a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning instruction models, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to Covid-19 precautions;”

Under the bill as currently drafted, full-time federal employees can take up to 600 hours in paid leave until September 30, up to $35 an hour and $1,400 a week. That’s 15 weeks for a 40-hour employee. Part-time and “seasonal” employees are eligible, too, with equivalent hours established by their agency.

This means that while regular parents of kids whose schools are closed have to choose between working and staying at home to take care of their children, Federal workers will be eligible for up to $21,000 to stay at home if the schools in the area are closed.

But Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said the emergency leave proposal for postal workers and federal employees would eliminate worry that they “have to choose between their jobs or caring for loved ones who get infected with coronavirus.”

The bill’s language doesn’t support Maloney’s interpretation. It’s not even close.

Furthermore, if a Federal worker has a family member that is ill due to the coronavirus,….

Federal employees currently have up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. (A law passed in 2019, allows most federal employees – what the sponsors report is 2.1 million federal workers – up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, foster placement or adoption of a new child.)

The bill also doesn’t put an age limit on “children,” which means that the parents of a college aged student would be eligible for the funds as well (because apparently college aged kids can’t be left along during the day.)

This type of payouts and rewards to Federal workers is reminiscent of George Orwell’s book “Animal Farm.”

If you aren’t familiar with “Animal Farm,” the basic premise is that animals on a farm rebel and after driving humans away, they write seven commandments on the wall of a barn:

THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.

As time passes, a “ruling class” of pigs takes over as leaders and starts to subtly change the wording of the foundational commandments.

Finally, the animals wake up one morning and see that the Seven Commandments are gone, replaced by a single commandment:

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

The parallels here are troubling.

The Democrats have decided that “all workers are equal, but some workers are more equal than others.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:Animal Farm” is available online for reading through the Gutenburg Project and can be found here. We suggest you read it and see if the story sounds familiar to what is happening in the US today.



4 Responses to ““Animal Farm” Contained In COVID Relief Bill.”

  1. r koz.aol says:

    Love the Animal farm. shocking at how the world mimics entertainment. Star Trek any one!!!

    • Buck says:

      Trump started the “SPACE FORCE” but was resoundingly mocked for it. So instead we get men in women’s sports… Cause science.

  2. Bigfoot says:

    It’s high time that we retired “Johnny has Two Daddies” and put George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “1984” back onto our high school reading lists.

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