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*SHOW NOTES* Ep. 023 - America, What's It Going To Take?

America, What is it going to take?

1. Most Recent Omnibus Spending Bill (“Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021”):

What the taxpayer gets:

- 2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill that includes $600 stimulus checks

- 5,600-page bill

- Trump's original statement “I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed”.

- Authorizes direct checks of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year.

- Decreases for higher earners

- Over $95,000 get nothing

- additional $600-per-child payment

Fun Facts:

- Congress didn't read the giant bill

- The longest bill in US history

- Foreign Aid:

- Egypt is getting $1.3 billion

- Sudan, Israel, and Ukraine get over $500 million each

- $135 million to Burma

- $85.5 million to Cambodia

- $130 million to Nepal

- $10 million for gender programs in Pakistan.

Pork Spending:

- $4 million for Office of Ethics expenses.

- $85 million for Economic Research Services

- $183 million for National Agricultural Statistics Service

- $60 million for the Risk Management Agency

- $21 million for the Central Utah Project - US federal water project that was authorized for construction under the Colorado River Storage Project Act

- $4 million for the Office of the President

- $14 million for the White House Residence

- $300 million to develop influenza vaccines and prevent a future influenza pandemic

- $4 BILLION for the Gates-funded GAVI, Vaccine Alliance.

- Funding for Vaccine “misinformation”. Bill provides for “PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATIONS”. i.e. a vaccine propaganda campaign.

- $1.4 billion for the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act” - a framework for the development of a long-term and comprehensive Indo-Pacific strategy by the Trump administration.

- stream copyrighted content without permission, you’re now a federal felon, punishable by jail time, fines, losing your right to vote or own a firearm, etc.

- 18,400,000 for the Office of National Drug Control Policy


2. Economy

- Nearly 60 % of businesses that closed nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic are never reopening.

- Small business revenue decreased nationally by over 32%.

- Payroll provider ADP reported nearly 20 million jobs were lost at U.S. companies (more than half at businesses employing under 500).


3. Health

- Researchers surveyed almost 1,500 American adults about their mental health from March to April of 2020, depression rates rose about 28%.

- US mortality rate is forecast to increase 3 percent while life expectancy will drop 0.5 percent over the next 15 years, representing 890,000 more American deaths, according to a working paper from researchers at Duke, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins universities.

- Over a 20-year period, that amounts to 1.37 million additional deaths.

- Deaths by suicide and overdose, increased as much as 60 percent in the U.S. amid the pandemic and recession, according to a research paper from Casey Mulligan, a University of Chicago professor.



Sources:

https://nypost.com/2020/12/27/trump-signs-covid-19-relief-bill-with-600-stimulus-checks/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/14/us/covid-19-death-toll.html

https://off-guardian.org/2020/12/22/whats-actually-in-the-us-covid-stimulus-bill/

https://apnews.com/article/politics-james-mcgovern-legislation-coronavirus-pandemic-bills-0da216bf0352e92f8a62d8438fc9b519?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter

https://thelibertyherald.com/2020/12/21/900-billion-stimulus-bill-packed-full-of-pork/

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/12/31/heres-how-many-small-business-have-closed-and-opened-in-2020.htm

https://www.news10.com/news/some-businesses-thrived-many-lagged-during-pandemic-in-2020/

https://time.com/5886228/depression-covid-19-pandemic/

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/01/05/national-business/us-risks-years-of-higher-mortality-from-covid-19s-economic-fallout/








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