EDITORIAL

Biden’s Broken Promise Is Food For Thought

President-elect Joe Biden has given true meaning to the adage, “A promise is a comfort to a fool.”

Biden’s promise of a $2000 check to the American people and then changing to $1400 to piggyback on Trump’s $600 check is just part of the reason people continue to distrust politicians.

Indeed, one would have preferred Biden affixing the $2000 in his plan and having it thwarted by the Republicans rather than a plot to shortchange or deceive the American people with a $1400 top-up.

After all, a man’s word should be his bond, but hey, don’t tell that to some politicians.

The fact of the matter is Biden should be called out for his broken promise and him trying to play it slick.

Thankfully, several members of his party are doing the right thing by reminding him of his promise.

″$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a piece in The Washington Post.

While the price tag is the highest for a coronavirus relief plan put forward, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is part of a group that feels the amount of the check wasn’t what was promised in recent weeks by Biden and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Biden explained the $2,000 figure during the announcement of the relief plan thus:

“We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in direct relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said. “$600 is simply not enough if you still have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.”

Keep your word Mr. President-elect and don’t make promises you can’t keep, or else you will be weighed in a balance and found wanting.

Joining Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez in calling out Biden for a promise not kept is Rep. Ilhan Omar, who tweeted that “the American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks.”

Newly elected Rep. Cori Bush also chimed in by sending a tweet that simply reads, “$1,400 ≠ $2,000.”

So, at least there are a few women in the Democratic Party who are calling on their leader to account.

That is refreshing to see and tells that women can identify and empathize with the average householder better in this time of crisis.

We on this side of the pond will be watching, and hopefully will not have to ask, where is Trump when we need him?

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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