Palmer: Democrat messaging from Washington
Last week, Democrats forced a vote on their so-called HEROES Act, a bill that Nancy Pelosi concocted with zero Republican input. This is perhaps the most extreme leftist, socialist bill ever brought to the House floor, and it has no chance of passing in the Senate. This was not a serious attempt to help our nation through the COVID-19 crisis or to restart our economy. It was nothing more than a political messaging bill, and American voters ought to pay attention. This bill and others like it are what would regularly become law if the Democrats control the House, Senate, and the White House.
The Democrats touted the testing provisions and other forms of relief in the HEROES Act, but hidden in this 1,800 page monstrosity are get-out-of-jail-free cards for criminals, studies to benefit marijuana users and those who sell it, millions of dollars for the arts, stimulus payments for illegal immigrants, and an open invitation for voter fraud in state elections, not to mention $915 billion to bail out fiscally irresponsible states.
This bill should show Americans that if the Democrats have control, they will pay you not work, load up future generations with insurmountable debt, compromise the fiscal stability of Social Security and Medicare, shackle the economy so that wages stagnate and incomes decline, control your healthcare decisions, and undermine national security. In the end, families will be so dependent on the government they will never be voted out of power.
It always comes down to power and who has it.
Currently, when one compares how various governors and mayors across the country have handled the COVID-19 crisis, it gives an idea of what life would be like if Democrats hold all the power. There is heavy-handed control in places with Democrat officials, such as Michigan, California, New York City, and Los Angeles. People are being told what to do and are expected to do it if they want any help from the government that took away their jobs, closed their businesses, cut them off from their professions, shut their churches, and took their independence.
The recent actions of Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues will test our resolve to not let government dependency and astronomical debt destroy the United States. The HEROES Act will not become law right now, and Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat conspirators know that. They just wanted to use it to send us a message about the Democrats’ agenda. I hope everyone fully understands the message and what it means for our future.
Gary Palmer is a congressman from Hoover representing Alabama’s Sixth District