GoFundMe works miracles during COVID-19, while government funding under the CARES Act fails to meet its goals, states a must read assessment from the Foundation for Economic Education.
The report noted that while the federal government has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars to fight off widespread poverty and unemployment created by COVID=19 and the relentless government lockdowns through $2+ trillion CARES Act, it failed on a variety of crucial levels to actually do what it set out to accomplish. So much of the government CARES Act funding was brought with waste, fraud and abuse.
On the other hand, the GoFundMe private charity site actually did accomplish miracles and put money directly where it was needed most: in the hands of those who were on the verge of losing their businesses or homes.
The crowd-sourcing website let individuals post their public pleas and raised generous donations for those in need “beyond their wildest expectations,” according to the Foundation for Economic Education.
According to the GoFundMe report: “Between March 1 and August 31, 2020, the GoFundMe community responded to the widespread impact of the pandemic by raising over $625 million through over 9 million donations for frontline workers, small businesses, causes, organizations, and more.”
More than 150,000 different fundraisers were started for COVID-19 relief, with causes as varied as fundraising for small businesses ruined by lockdowns, medical fundraising, protective gear for frontline workers, memorial services, and more.
On the other hand, the CARES Act situation failed on numerous levels. “It resulted in a broken system where 70 percent of the unemployed could earn more by staying home than by working,” as reported. The program lost roughly $26 billion to fraud and abuse. That is equal to the amount the entire unemployment system paid out in 2019, according to the report.
For the full report go to FEE here.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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