To the editor:
The “bipartisan” U.S. Senate coronavirus bill that we all anxiously waited for had several reasons for its delay. Of course there was the mischaracterized “slush fund” -— that was resolved. Here are just a few of the Democratic demands as published by NewsMax that very few people ever knew about:
1. $300 million for public broadcasting
2. Expansive new credits for solar and wind energy
3. New emissions standards for airlines and a requirement for full carbon offset by 2025
4. Required same-day voter registration and early voting mandate
5. Bailout of the U.S. Postal Service, union pension fund and student loan forgiveness
6. Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
7. Publication of corporate pay statistics by race
8. A $1 billion “cash for clunkers” style program where the U.S. government buys obsolete airplanes from the airlines
9. $1.5 million to study climate change mitigation efforts in civil aviation and aerospace industries
10. $1 billion to build on an Obama-initiated program to provide discounted phone service for low-income consumers.
What in the world did these Democratic demands have to do with the coronavirus rescue package?
You can thank Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for part of the delay.