[Commentary]: Moscow Mitch Redefines Hypocrisy, Calls $2,000 Stimulus Checks ‘Socialism for Rich People’
Senate Majority Leader and arch-conservative carcass “Moscow Mitch” McConnell (R-KY) set a new bar for irreproachable hypocrisy on Thursday when he had the unmitigated gall to call the proposal for $2,000 stimulus checks “socialism for the rich.”
Yeah, really, this actually happened, as irony has been one of the most under-appreciated casualties of 2020.
“Socialism for rich people is a terrible way to help the American families that are actually struggling,” McConnell croaked on the Senate floor. “Let me say that again. Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it.”
He must think that the American people are stupid, blind, deaf, or simply oblivious to the fact that he championed a multi-trillion-dollar tax cut for the wealthiest Americans and jammed it through the Senate in 2017.
Not only that, but while he looked into the desperate eyes of a broken nation, insisting that $600 was generous compensation for 10 months of indifference to a pandemic that has killed 354,000 of his countrymen, women, and children, McConnell’s congressional salary pays him $530 per day, courtesy of John and Jane Q. Taxpayer.
Comrade Mitch then unabashedly lied, claiming that “Washington Democrats took President Trump’s suggestion and skewed it so the checks would benefit even more high-earning households.”
Democrats have been pushing for $1,200 payments since May when the HEROES Act was passed by the Democratic House of Representatives. McConnell has refused to bring it up for a vote.
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris (D-CA), proposed recurring $2,000 payments in the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act.
Aghast at McConnell’s sanctimonious duplicity, Sanders, pretty much lost his shit in a speech of his own.
“The majority leader helped lead this body to pass Trump’s tax bill. You want to talk about socialism for the rich Mr. Majority Leader?!” the former presidential candidate responded.
“Virtually nothing goes to the very, very rich,” Sanders continued. “The overwhelming majority of those funds go to the middle class, the working class, low-income people who in the midst of the pandemic are in desperate economic condition.”
McConnell, however, was not the only Senate Republican to feign concern over what economic rescue packages cost.
Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Weasel, said in an interview with CNBC that while sending struggling workers and families $2,000 “sounds good,” and that “it feels good to give away money” because “everybody loves benefits, somebody has got to be thinking about … the effect of this on our future generations.”
Imagine for a second what could have been if only the GOP had the wherewithal to “think about” the repercussions of being indifferent to a deadly virus tearing through the population…
… or the president committing treason…
… or members of their own party’s seditious attempts to overthrow the election and destroy democracy…
… or the impact that climate change – the primary cause of the COVID-19 outbreak – will have on future generations.
Sure, Ronnie, “everybody loves benefits,” especially industry-backed Republicans whose raïsons-d’être are the stop-at-nothing maximization of short-term corporate profits and the consolidation of corrupt, albeit incompetent, political power.
Even Republican Lindsey Graham, Trump’s pet South Carolina Senator, has demanded a vote on bigger relief checks.
“Here’s what I’d like,” Graham said on Thursday. “I’d like a stand-alone vote in the new Congress on the $2,000 check. We have seven Republicans who’ve already said they would vote for it. We need five more. I think if we had the vote, we would get there.”
The only conclusion that can be drawn from all this – beyond a reasonable doubt – is that McConnell, his Johnson, and the rest of the Senate confederates get their rocks off by inflicting – and watching – pain.
Have we not had enough?
Fortunately, Moscow Mitch may soon face the kneecapping he deserves.
If you are a resident of Georgia, please cast your ballots for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock in your state’s special runoff elections on Tuesday, January 5.
We can – and we must – retake control of the Senate.