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A Nation Divided by Turmoil: Biden's Victory is America's Failure

Another long-winded, incoherent speech fraught with inaccuracies and false accusations.  As the polls have closed and ballots are meticulously being counted across key states, many deign to criminalize Trump for his boisterous proclamations and unorthodox leadership. However, the truth of the matter may be far more sinister than you care to imagine...Biden asserts that he and his party maintain the moral high ground in this tumultuous race for presidency. But do they really? In fact, the vast majority of Southern Democrats vehemently opposed a ban on slavery while the Republican party sought to win their freedom. Indeed, it may appear that times have changed... unless you bother to read the many defamatory statements made throughout Biden's long and storied political career -- statements targeting both women and African Americans. Although to be safe, let's assume his bigotry extended far beyond that which we've covered. So as it now seems more certain than ever that we'

The Dead Receive Stimulus Payments Before Those in Need

When you have a nation with 22 million individuals out of work due to a government-mandated quarantine, you'd assume that desperate citizens would receive assistance in a timely manner...

Even in death, some US citizens are receiving economic assistance while desperate Americans struggle with the grim reality of this harsh situation...

On March 27th, an advanced 2020 tax credit was made available to 150 million Americans through a program called "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act." Through cash rebates, individuals earning below $75,000 annually are eligible to receive $1,200, while additional assistance is granted to those claiming dependents under the age of 17.

But what happens when some individuals receive their payments earlier than others? Especially when many of the earliest recipients are more financially stable members of society -- or in the most bizarre cases, no longer among the living. Meanwhile, Gulf War survivors with missing limbs are crying out for help and questioning their lack of support.

Naturally, occurrences such as these inevitably lead to societal discord and resentment. When the government fails to assist members of the lowest income bracket -- the same individuals this program was designed to help -- then these marginalized citizens begin to lose faith in the competency and reliability of the systems governing them.

So what's the hold up? Well, in an effort to rush payments to the public, the Treasury Department authorized the IRS to begin sending out the first wave of credits to those who had filed their taxes during the previous years, as their bank information was already filed for electronic transfer. Those who failed to file their taxes for previous years might be waiting longer, due to their failure to provide payment details.

Unfortunately, without thorough examination of who would be receiving these payments, there were many cases where the deceased received payments first. This has led to some uncomfortable scenarios where friends or family of the departed have discovered this error and struggled to determine the best solution.

I suppose this is par for the course in a nation of nearly 330 million men and women; many of them struggling to make rent due to their current lack of employment. It's an abhorrent position to be in, yet the economic reality is equally difficult for the government itself. When a problem of this scale emerges so unexpectedly, it's almost impossible to respond without miscalculation or imprecise efficiency.

And in case anyone is wondering, I'm a U.S. citizen living abroad in Taiwan. My income bracket means I qualify for the stimulus payment, but I don't expect to receive it any time soon. Living in a country less blighted by the effects of this virus has given me an immense advantage -- and I'm happy to see less fortunate individuals receive payment first. Let's just hope it's sorted out sooner rather than later...

Are you one of the individuals who's received payment? How do you feel about the tax credit program? Is it an adequate measure or does it fall short of the mark? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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