One of the top GOP members of the House Budget Committee has come out harshly against Joe Biden and the Democrats’ nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief proposal that is aimed at bailing out state and local governments after nearly a year of on-again, off-again lockdowns.
House Democrats posted the proposal on Friday ahead of a markup session for the bill likely to take place on Monday, according to Fox News.
Representative Jason Smith (R. MO) called the plan “a job killer” and claimed it would increase the cost of living for many Americans:
“Democrats are rushing to pass a nearly $2 trillion spending bill that will enact bailouts for state governments that lock down their citizens and radical policies that will destroy jobs and raise the cost of living for working-class Americans.”
Smith continued, accusing Democrats of using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to further their expensive agenda:
“But this is clearly where any sort of urgency on their part ends. This is all just further proof that COVID-19 is more the pretext than the purpose behind what Democrats are proposing. Their approach is the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons.”
The plan stands at around $2 trillion in government spending, but after excluding the upcoming stimulus payments, almost half of the money would not even be spent until 2022 or later, and another $140 billion would likely not be spent until 2024.
Smith laid out his problems with the plan, focusing on the fact that so much of the money in the bill would be deferred until much later and not helping Americans who are struggling right now, as only 5% of the money for public schools, 5% of the money for Emergency Housing Vouchers, 19% of the money for childcare, 12% of the money for the entire Education and Labor Committee, and none of the Homeless Assistance money in the bill would even be spent this year.
This is hardly the first time President Biden and the Democrats has come under fire from conservative adversaries.
As a guest on Fox News, conservative financial guru and talk radio host Dave Ramsey offered his blunt opinion on next round of stimulus checks working its way through Congress.
Ramsey said that he thinks the checks are just like Joe Biden’s plan for student debt relief: “a political gimme by progressives trying to buy votes.”
He also made remarks many saw as insensitive about providing financial relief to Americans who have been struggling since the start of the pandemic and the economic downturn that resulted from it:
“Well, I don’t believe in a stimulus check because if $600 or $1400 changes your life, you were pretty much screwed already. You got other issues going on. You have a career problem, you have a debt problem, you have a relationship problem, you have a mental health problem. Something else is going on if $600 changes your life. And that’s not talking down to folks. I’ve have been bankrupt, I’ve been broke, and I work with people every day who are hurting.”
Fox News guest Dave Ramsey: "I don't believe in a stimulus check because if $600 or $1400 changes your life you were pretty much screwed already. You got other issues going on." pic.twitter.com/6r1kTCxt8E
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) February 11, 2021
Ramsey added the stimulus checks were like “peeing on a forest fire” and called the whole thing “absolutely ridiculous.”
Critics pointed out the seemingly privileged stance, noting that the checks aren’t supposed to “change your life,” but simply to provide some financial relief by quickly getting spendable cash into people’s hands and thereby also helping stimulate the economy.
Many Americans need the checks to feed families, make mortgage and other bill payments, or afford medical bills. It’s actually downright heartless of Ramsey to dismiss those concerns, but it shouldn’t be surprising.
While he claims to have been bankrupt, he actually ran into trouble in the 1980s when he over leveraged his multi-million dollar real estate portfolio. He rebounded and became a self-help author, which critics of Ramsey say puts him out of touch with average Americans.
Many Twitter users took to the platform to blast Ramsey’s seemingly tone-deaf take: