Should the next stimulus package include a $1,200 direct payment? | The Tylt
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.
Should the next stimulus package include a $1,200 direct payment?