Congressman Steve Stivers is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
On Friday, he tweeted out a message many embrace:
“If we want to make our nation stronger, it will require unity. We all have a responsibility, starting with the way in which we treat those with differing opinions.”
But this comes from the same member of Congress who said he would support President Joe Biden’s proposal of a $1,400 stimulus check, but only if the recipient first receives a COVID-19 vaccine.
Stivers reportedly told Yahoo Finance Live he hopes Biden’s administration looks at that option in an effort to “actually buy something with our $1,400.” That something, he said, would be herd immunity.
“The quickest thing we need to do if we really want to help the American people, is get this economy turned back on–get people back to work, get kids back in school, get ourselves some herd immunity, get the vaccine distributed as quick as we can and get the uptake rate up. That’s why I’d be willing to accept a $1,400 stimulus check if people are willing to take the vaccine,” Stivers said.
What a horrible take.
What a horrible position.
First of all, the congressman said actually buy something with “our $1,400.”
The government gets its money from the people. It is not the government’s.
And, secondly, how would such a stipulation not be a violation of HIPAA?
This is a horrible idea. There isn’t a single Republican principle that applies to that idea.
But then again, the Republicans aren’t doing a great job of representing Republican principles in D.C. lately.