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A lot of fuss over basic COVID support

To the Editor,

A dried-out crust of bread can look good to one who has no food and is hungry.

A week or so back I was wandering through the radio dial looking for something different to listen to. The CBC was boring the heck out of me and Charles Adler was talking to a journalist from the National Post, so, it being a cold night with excellent reception, it was time to go hunting for some alternative listening.

Sure enough, I stumbled onto a pair of those “Donald-Trump-was-the-best-president-ever” folks — I’m not sure why I torture myself. Perhaps I wanted to hear an alternate view or maybe it’s that Noam Chomsky thing: Always make sure you know what your enemy is thinking and saying.

This particular duo was talking away, “Yeah, if you need $600, you didn’t have much of a life, ha, ha, ha.”

Well, it turns out that the Trump COVID-19 bailout, a trillion-plus, most of which went directly to Wall Street, contained a provision that the grand sum of $600 was to go to “those who qualified.”

A number of U.S. citizens had not received their $600, and were complaining bitterly.

In some way it’s understandable that these conservative radio folk would be scornful of those needing $600, they are well paid!

It’s said that the late Rush Limbaugh made $30 million (American) a year. Pretty good for a bunch of vicious, ignorant speak and a couple of ghost-written books (they way it ought to be).

It’s no wonder that those on the radio were so contemptuous of those who simply wanted $600, as they are all paid far and above their value.

Michael Savage was the only far-right commentator to protest the freebie to Wall Street and one doesn’t hear much from him these days. The rest are outraged at the Biden administration’s action in distributing their approximately $2 trillion COVID assistance to the peasants’ small businesses. No, it all should go to Wall Street, shades of 2007-08. That one is estimated to cost $15 trillion.

As to the rest, let them eat cake!

Dennis Peacock,

Clearwater, B.C.

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