After pushing a massive $2 trillion pork-laden coronavirus relief bill, Chuck Schumer is promoting it to help pandemic-ravaged restaurants in New York in a brazen attempt to secure their votes as Democrats seek to reinstate earmarks.
Senate Majority Leader Schumer is joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in their efforts to revive pork-barrel politics so they can obtain even more funding for Democrat dream projects. America is almost $30 trillion in debt and the spending just keeps increasing.
Schumer addressed the restaurant business in New York at a press conference: “We’re here to talk about restaurants. Restaurants are the lifeblood of New York City. They employ so many people. They’re one of the reasons people come to New York and stay in New York because they come together and congregate. It’s not just the food, great as it is. It’s an experience. And they’re one of the backbones of our economy and, along with our stages and our arts areas, they are suffering the most.
“I have particular sympathy for small business people. My dad was a small business person. He struggled. He paced the floor Sunday nights at 2:00 A.M. because he hated going to work. Now his business was a little different than the restaurants, opposite a little bit. He was an exterminator. So instead of bringing live things, he killed things. But in any case, so I know how hard restaurants are hit.”
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Many restaurants have gone under in New York. Many other businesses are leaving the state because of high taxation, oppressive regulations, and progressive policies. Schumer is pointing out that 92% of New York’s restaurants could not pay their rent in December. Many won’t survive another six months without assistance but that assistance is being potentially provided by the very lawmakers who allegedly contributed to the emergency in the first place.
“As the majority leader, I have the ability to determine what goes on the floor of the Senate, and the first bill I put on was the Restaurants Act,” Schumer stated. It is being added to the COVID relief bill. $25 billion in the form of grants will be made available over a six-month time period for restaurants to keep their employees working, for rent, or for insurance.
A study that came out in October by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimated that as many as half of New York City bars and restaurants could close down permanently by April.
Bringing back earmarks could allow Pelosi to bribe lawmakers with relief for their constituents in exchange for passing leftist bills that otherwise have no chance of passing. The restaurant bill is just the beginning of a pork-filled Democrat wish list.
That list includes monumental spending including the issue of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, 270 million for arts and humanities endowments, giving over one billion to socially-disadvantaged farmers, and 200 million for museums and libraries. The relief bill also doles out $350 billion to bail out states, money to shore-up Obamacare, and nearly 130 billion for schools.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) conveyed the sentiments of most Republican lawmakers concerning the relief bill: “The Democrats are using this as a cash cow. They are going to keep printing money until they solve their problems.”
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld took it even further: “The stimulus is the device for the government to give itself more money. Think about it. We are watching an entity writing a check to itself, sure, we are getting some money out of it, which was, you know, by the way, our money to begin with, but this is now a political version of money laundering. Right?”
“You know, it’s like when Walter White in “Breaking Bad” purchase the A1A car wash as a money-laundering facility for his ill-gotten gain from his glorious crystal meth business, our government is laundering our money to indulge their constituencies and their causes, they see the pandemic as their car wash, they are pushing billions through it, through programs, through pork and bailouts using people suffering as their cover and they are actually doing pretty good by it.”
“So, it’s like the stimulus is the government restaurant, the government car wash, shell company travel agency, casino import/export organization all rolled into one,” Gutfeld snarked.
But it was Rep. Boebert who cut to the heart of the matter: “At a time when our projected deficit for 2021 is $2.3 trillion, not including any additional stimulus, we do not need to give corrupt politicians and lobbyists more tools to feed their spending addiction and line their own pockets. If we continue on this path, it won’t be long before Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will have to call JG Wentworth for cash now.”
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