Cynical but perceptive political analysts have long said that democratic politics cannot be made to function without significant amounts of bribery to grease the wheels, usually brokered by the government.
At an Atlanta rally on January 4 in support of Democratic senatorial candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Joe Biden appears to have validated that cynical outlook.
Senate Roadblocks to Bigger Stimulus Checks
Recently, there has been some pretty significant and tense debate in the Senate over exactly what the new COVID relief package should look like. The original package called for giving people making $75,000 per year or less $600 checks. President Trump viewed this as totally inadequate and demanded that the amount be increased to $2,000 per person.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, has gone to great lengths to prevent a vote on this and a few other proposed changes to the stimulus package from even taking place in the Senate. This has angered quite a few.
Tempting GA Voters With Bigger COVID Checks
At the Atlanta rally, Biden stood up to speak and said the following: “If you send Jon and the revered to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door. And if you send Sens. Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple. The power is literally in your hands.”
There is no way to sugarcoat this: Biden is simply bribing people. He is offering them loot in exchange for their votes.
A Deadly Precedent
Clearly, millions of people across the country are struggling because of the economic hardship created by the COVID lockdowns, but crudely and nakedly bribing people by appealing to their baser instincts is just not the way out of this problem.
It would be much better and more decent to simply open up the country, allow people to get back to work and let them make the money that they need to support themselves on their own again.
Biden and the rest of the Democrats, with their voracious desire for power, don’t want this. They would rather that as many people as possible basically become wards of the state.
It hardly needs to be said that this sets a disastrous precedent. If we make elections about who will offer voters the highest bribes, all pretense of civic responsibility and duty in America will erode, and elections will become nothing but brute struggles for power.
Plus, we have a $26 trillion national debt. There has to be a better way. Republicans, as well as Democrats, need to realize this.