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Should the next stimulus package include a $1,200 direct payment?

Republicans are fighting among themselves on how much to give out in aid to the American people in the next coronavirus pandemic stimulus package. One of the sticking points is that the plan, as it stands currently, will give $1,200 directly to people, with a cutoff after a certain income. The White House argues that direct payments to people are useless—they'd rather have payroll tax cuts and other targeted measures like cutting unemployment benefits in order to get people back to work. After four years of reckless spending and tax cuts, Republicans are worried about the deficit again.

Economists, Democrats and some Republicans argue the direct payments are the most vital part of any stimulus package — people need them to help with bills and rent. The reality is that the government should be doing much more—other developed nations have gone much further to keep people afloat during this crisis.

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Giving money directly to people would have the biggest impact in terms of softening the blow of the economic downturn created by the pandemic. The United States has failed to control the virus' spread, and because of this, many sectors of the economy have ground to a halt. A $1,200 check would allow people to have the funds necessary to stay afloat during this crisis, pay their bills, and be able to stay in their homes. Ignoring the average person is not only unconscionable, it would lead to economic disaster. 

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The Trump administration sees things differently. Instead of trying to first control the virus then reopen the economy, the administration, as well as some Republicans, believe that the economy should just reopen, as is, and let hospitals deal with the sick and dying. In their view, the United States does not have the money or ability to provide for every single citizen. Instead, they would rather see a payroll tax cut, which would help businesses but would do little for many of those bearing the brunt of the economic impact. Other Republicans like Ted Cruz are opposed to the stimulus payment because he thinks the government is spending too much money on coronavirus aid in general. 

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