What, exactly, is a $2000 check?
There is currently a debate on the twitters over the whole $2000 check thing.
On the one side, there is the argument that The American People have already received a $600 check and so an additional $1400 check will meet the promise given of a $2000 check given to the American people.
On the other side, there is the argument that, if the Democrats won in Georgia, the government would send a $2000 check to the people and the $600 doesn’t (and didn’t) enter into it.
And so there are people who are expressing disappointment that they are only getting a $1400 check after being promised a $2000 check and they are arguing against people who say that the promise was for $2000 and $600 plus $1400 is $2000.
Here are some of the things that people are pointing to:
$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.
We need $2,000 stimulus checks.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
Food banks are strained trying to feed people worried about where they’ll get their next meal.
Essential workers continue to risk their own health and their families for us all.
Small business owners from restaurants to barber shops are hurting.
We need $2,000 stimulus checks.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 13, 2021
We can pass $2000 relief checks.
But we have to win this Senate election.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) January 2, 2021
— Senator-Elect Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) January 3, 2021
And there’s this from WGN (on January 8th):
“One of the first things that I want to do when our new senators are seated is deliver the $2,000 checks to the American families,” Schumer, who will become majority leader, said Wednesday.
Late Tuesday, Democrat Raphael Warnock was declared the winner of his race and an announcement for Jon Ossoff followed the next day.
“If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door,” Biden promised Monday in Atlanta. “And if you send Sens. Perdue and [Kelly] Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple. The power is literally in your hands.”
And so there is the question: Does a $1400 check meet the promise?
The debate seems to be something like “Hey, I was promised $2000 checks if you won the election in Georgia and you won the election in Georgia” versus “Hurray, now the American people will get the $2000 they were owed versus only getting the piddly $600.”
But this is becoming a debate over what the expectations ought to have been versus whether goalposts are shifting now that the bill has come due and the faith involved for the people arguing one side or the other.
On the one side is the argument that people should be happy with $1400 because it brings the number up to $2000:
Everyone’s arguing about $1400 vs $2000 but do you realize that it would’ve been $0 if we lost in Georgia.
— United for the People (@people4kam) January 15, 2021
Just click on that tweet and read the responses to see how the debate is going. Everything from “but they didn’t run on $1400” to “you hate working and poor people” is showing up.
The debate strikes me as a preview of the coming 2/4/6/8/10/12 years. What is reasonable to have expected? What is reasonable to explain to people who expected incorrectly?