President-elect Joe Biden's plan to combat the coronavirus and help the economy had people talking over the weekend, and a non-partisan organization that "will hold politicians accountable for the effects of their policies on the size, scope, efficiency and activity of government and offer real solutions to runaway deficits and debt" hopes people will share their two cents with legislators.
Some people are welcoming news of the near $2 trillion plan from Biden that calls for, among other things, more stimulus checks, state and local aid, and funding for vaccine distribution. But the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is among those concerned that lawmakers continue to borrow from future generations that have yet to be impacted by COVID-19 to give money to people today.
"I think there is an opportunity for fiscal conservatives, but also some moderates, because I think there might be some moderates in the House of Representatives and the Senate that may object to this," comments TPA's David Williams. "This may have been a huge overreach by Biden to do what he's doing, so this could actually get a lot of opposition, and not just from fiscal conservatives."
In a recent press release, The Heritage Foundation warns, "The proposal would set back America's economic recovery at a time when we should be moving forward. The proposed $350 billion state and local bailout only enables states to keep spending taxpayer dollars without accountability."
Also of concern is that money would be going to state and local governments that harmed the economy with shutdowns that kept businesses from operating.
"We want people to be engaged with their elected representatives and senators," Williams continues. "They should call the offices of their senators, of their representative, and let them know how they feel."
He asserts that the people still have the right to lobby, and government officials need to be reminded that the government does not create wealth; individuals do.
"The government is not going to get us out of this mess," Williams concludes.