Republicans have a problem. They’re making a principled argument against sending “more borrowed money” to American families in the form of COVID relief payments.
But they’re taking that “principled stand” after giving billions of dollars to foreign governments for a variety of things that America has no business funding.
No person should take the GOP’s opposition to the $2,000 COVID relief payments as though it is some principled stand worthy of being praised.
Well, unless they also voted against the original legislation. So, if you are Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rand Paul or Rick Scott, then you can still claim the principled stand.
But no, Mitch McConnell cannot. He just oversaw the passage of a bloated budget that includes funding for gender programs in Pakistan. There will be $500 million for border security in Jordan. There will be another $250 million for border security in Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisa and Oman.
And it funds democracy programs in Venezuela and helps pay down the national debt of Sudan.
But it doesn’t help Americans. At all.
So, here’s the reality.
One can make a principled argument against the COVID relief payments going to Americans. Many of you would make that principled argument would also make it against the money going overseas.
But Senate Republicans passed the bill that sends all those billions of dollars overseas to do anything but help Americans.
Meanwhile those Senate Republicans believe $600 is enough to help Americans hurting due to government shutdowns.
How on earth are Republicans screwing it up this badly?
The optics of it are extremely bad for Republicans.
It is almost like the Republicans would have to be intentionally sabotaging themselves ahead of the Jan. 5 special election in Georgia.
Mitch McConnell’s ability to lecture Americans about government spending took a significant blow when his Republican-led Senate passed the COVID relief bill that did so much for the world, but so little for Americans.