Opinion: Americans Don’t Need New Stimulus Checks

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As 2020 comes to an end, the financial struggles of many Americans are very much alive.

Due to COVID-19 cases, multiple states and communities have made the decision to shut down again. This means businesses can’t operate at full capacity; shutdowns also inevitably engender job loss, increases in mental health issues, new cases of domestic violence, etc.

On top of all this, areas that have embraced shutdowns and mask orders are still grappling with surges of COVID-19 cases. This has caused shutdown critics to argue that these measures lack effectiveness.

Over the course of this year, the government has decided that handing out stimulus payments to Americans is a necessary action to keep people afloat. Unfortunately, this measure is both flawed and akin to placing a band-aid over a stab wound.

The case against more stimulus checks

Right now, there’s an ongoing debate about whether or not $600 or $2,000 is the proper amount to include in the next batch of stimulus checks. However, the harsh reality is this: the federal government does not have the money to give out new stimulus checks to Americans.