Posted by: nativeiowan | May 17, 2020

2020 v5. Ruminations on a bloodsport Sunday

A cool, overcast, lazy Sunday here in QLD. The house is subdued. A chill breeze makes the flora outside my house dance and sway. Palm trees, roses, flowering aloe vera, the trees in the back. I can hear the tree tops out back, that rustling, aggressive sound, muted by distance but powerful and real. The wind chimes add a joyful dance tune to the entire sensual experience.

I’m watching the UFC Fight Night on ESPN.

I very much dig blood-sports of any kind. And UFC is The BloodSport.

Funny how its become so main stream, this “cage fighting” that was once outlawed.

Have watched a few decent fights so far. An old hand, Alistair Overeem, is in the main card. He’s taking on a guy I don’t know much about but they are both big and strong and I look forward to a decent bout.

I’ve been trying to track down some form of accounting for the trillions spent thus far on what is called “stimulus”. I find a lot of words about this all but I cant find much by way of details where the funds have been disbursed.

The Bill Passed For Second Stimulus Check And Hazard Pay For Essential Workers

Stimulus checks, hazard pay, essential workers, Heroes Act, Nancy Pelosi, $1,200 Stimulus
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 12: WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 12: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA

The House successfully passed a fourth stimulus relief package yesterday. The $3 trillion Heroes Act contains a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers, six additional months of COVID-19 unemployment, funding for state, local and tribal governments and food and housing assistance among several other things. Overall, three different stimulus relief packages have so far gone on to become law and are currently being implemented throughout the nation.

Now I struggle with bringing this into perspective… Thus 200 billion dollars for paying essential workers a hazard stipend. six more months of unemployment benefits, and funding for state and local and tribe governments…

A quick question please… How many Americans are in the work force? What I can find is that 157 million Americans were in the labour force at the beginning of 2020. So If we gave each and every American that was employed in February 2020 One Million dollars we’d still have one hundred ninety nine billion eight hundred forty-three million left over.

So where is all this money going? I dig and get confused. I can find some info about disbursements but its a sick circle of confusion at best. This site actually states the US Government has made a profit so far… I need to dig more to understand it but… have a look:

https://projects.propublica.org/bailout/

Of course, States like CA and NY are looking for their miscreant fiscal management to be swept under the carpet, temporarily, by a huge gift from the federal tax payers. It’s bad enough that both States Politico-leaders have clung to power by paying the State-Unions huge amounts by way of pensions and slush funds. Both CA and NY have been taxing their own residents to death, spending the money on insane projects (I think of CA’s high speed train system that ain’t) and lurking in the wings on the federal bale out stage.

I think its a crime, a joke, a farce… all the money getting dished out here.

Where is the money going?

More later


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