A Facebook Meme asked, do you like surprises? An obviously loaded question but I went to my mailbox the other day and got a surprise. A surprise letter in a plain white envelope and the return address said, Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service. The Facebook meme flashed in my brain with decidedly negative implications. The thought raced through my brain as my heart pounded, "What did I do now?"
I opened the envelope and much to my surprise the title on the letter read: THE WHITE HOUSE. Your Economic Impact Payment has arrived. Now, I don't know about you, but I consider myself to be sort of observant. If you put twelve hundred dollars into my pitiful checking account, I'll notice it every time. And if I haven't noticed fresh money in three weeks chances are, I couldn't read the letter anyway.
"Our great country is experiencing an unprecedented public health and economic challenge as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic." Is this news to anyone?
It reminds me of the Terry Gilliam film "Brazil" about a dystopic society. This is your receipt, and this is your receipt for your receipt. The letter is to advise you that we have sent you money three weeks ago. If you did not receive the money fill out the appropriate paperwork and we will send you more money. The letter included a genuine copy of the President's Sharpie signature. Just in case I forgot who lived in the White House.
"Every citizen should take tremendous pride in the selflessness, courage and compassion of our people. America's drive, determination, innovation, and sheer willpower have conquered every previous challenge and they will conquer this one too. Just as we have before, America will triumph yet againand rise to new heights of greatness."
From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam!
Three million more Americans filed for unemployment this week bringing the running total up to thirty-three million people. More Americans than the entire state of Texas are now unemployed. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans fear unemployment benefits are too generous, and you bunch of good for nothing lay abouts won't look for work. And here I was all excited about triumphing and conquering and sh*t. But because of the unprecedented emergency state unemployment offices are swamped and most of the thirty-three million unemployed have received"nothing.