An open letter to the U.S. Congress

The People Need UBI, Not Trickle Down Lies!

27 so far! Let’s get to 50 signers!

Will you stop gambling with the health of our people and our economy? Arrogant theories of American exceptionalism have caused the deaths of over 140,000 Americans thus far and aims to torpedo our economy next! Every other nation with means quickly implemented a form of Universal Basic Income to carry their people and their economy through the pandemic. Republicans, however, claimed they knew better and funneled massive relief dollars to tax-dodging corporations and connected donors, with the tired, debunked promise of trickle down economics. It may have placated the stock market in the short term, but our economy is consumer—not capital—driven. This GOP ruse will ensure that consumers (and true small businesses) will emerge from this needlessly prolonged and inflamed crisis bankrupt. Without robust consumer spending, the resulting economic and psychological depression will make 2008 look like a cakewalk. And Democrats aren’t off the hook either: How politically inept do you have to be to whiff this badly when Trump and the GOP are proudly sacrificing essential workers and marginalized people of all stripes to a deadly virus in order to line their pockets and torpedo the voter rolls?! Even if you lack the power to get us what we need to survive this calamity, you had better have the will to open a metaphorical vein in front of every TV and web camera in existence until your colleagues' villainy is laid so bare that their own families are too ashamed to continue bearing their names! If you're so insulated by privilege that you have a dearth of heartbreaking accounts of lives lost or derailed, then get in contact with your constituents—the medical, food, grocery, restaurant, retail, service, delivery, transportation, education, and janitorial workers; the aged, immunocompromised, and disabled people; the VAST MAJORITY OF US WHO CANNOT EARN OUR KEEP FROM HOME AND YET LACK ADEQUATE PPE OR LEGAL PROTECTIONS TO KEEP OURSELVES SAFE OUTSIDE IT—and ask for their stories, photos, medical bills, pink slips, eviction notices, etc. so you can get yourself in front of a camera and humanize the statistics and thereby snuff out the denialists' lies. "If it bleeds, it leads," and the US is hemorrhaging right now, so go catch yourself a bucket, pour it out for all to see, and put the screws to Trump, McConnell, and the rest of the ne'er-do-wells and force robust legislation for PPE, test, trace, isolate, vote by mail, and UBI. The people —NOT businesses—need protection and immediate, substantial direct monthly payments until this crisis ends—and don't force us to jump through hoops to qualify! Perhaps it can be an incentive for politicians to stop playing games with our health and our future. Or keep letting cowardice and greed deprive Americans of their lives, livelihoods, and homes; live on the edge like we're forced to and see what happens the next time your name is on the ballot. I know who I aim to fire and evict, and it’s not my neighbor down the street!

First sent on July 22, 2020 by Olivia in OH, w/ help from Nancy in TX

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