How Can We Force Congress to Give Money to Average Americans, Instead of High Level Grifters?

Thom plus logo When Congress put together the $2 trillion CARES2 Act they added a Congressional Oversight board. That board just released its first report, and it is shocking. Former "Foreclosure King" and current Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is in charge of what it is, essentially, a $500 billion slush fund.

To prevent him from using it to help out his and Trump's rich buddies, Congress mandated the only companies that could demonstrate they have been harmed by the economic fallout of the coronavirus could qualify for money, that it would have to be used to retain employees, and that the money will be passed out in relatively small amounts.

Now, it turns out, Mnuchin has rewritten the regulations so that an individual company can get up to $200 million (because so many small businesses need to buy a new private jet), only has to make "commercially reasonable efforts" to hang onto or help their employees during the term of the loan (so they can put financial considerations ahead of the health of their workers), and no longer has to prove that they are financially in trouble because of the coronavirus.

Additionally, most of the money has not been distributed, although it now appears that a major Trump donor who runs a private jet company that shuttles rich people and executives to private high-end golf resorts got one of the very largest payments to date.

Giving professional grifters like Steve Mnuchin and Donald Trump hundreds of billions of dollars to give away or spend at their own discretion is like dropping a couple of alley cats into a cage full of canaries. Once again, the grifters get rich and the average American gets screwed.

-Thom

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deepspace's picture
deepspace 2 years 19 weeks ago
#1

Whatever they're doing to help our fckd economy and citizens, it ain't working. Evidently, Republicans are praying to the wrong god (of greed). Or maybe they just really pissed off Jesus this time. A portrait of losers -- good luck winning anything in November, if the People remember.

Legend 2 years 19 weeks ago
#2

Ruth Chris Steakhouse and the LA Lakers got millions weeks ago. Most of the actual poor individuals have not received anything. Supposedly the checks go out starting on the 22nd.

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Douglas Barnett 2 years 19 weeks ago
#3

A good look at the 1930's Spanish revolution is at http://www.squaker.cat/

Doug Barnett

KPFK Board member, Board secretary, on and off for 20 years

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whatabout 2 years 19 weeks ago
#4

It might be fair to note that the administration called out corporations that should not have applied for the money even though they were entitled. Ruth's Chris and the LA lakers have returned the money along with a number of colleges that had billions of dollars from endowments sitting in banks.

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