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Help can’t wait any longer

Scott Robert Shaw

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It is too late to turn back now. President Trump so far is refusing to sign a $900 billion aid package, delaying much-needed, long-awaited help for people and businesses. This bill is the culmination of months of on-and-off negotiations that took far too long for those who are struggling. Without the President’s signature, millions of Americans have seen their unemployment benefits come to an end. As Trump delays, small businesses are seeing money dry up in the Payroll Protection Program. Vaccines won’t be shipped as quickly, and the federal government may shut down if the President doesn’t grab a pen. Trump says he wants larger stimulus checks for individuals, $2000 rather than $600. And he wants the pork pulled from the massive spending bill. He may be right on both counts. Perhaps the checks should be bigger, and there shouldn’t be all that wasteful spending. But if Trump had a problem with the negotiations, he could have participated in them long ago. Instead, he was largely absent. This bill isn’t perfect. It has many flaws. But help is needed now. Too many Americans need a lifeline from foreclosures, hunger, homelessness, even suicide. They have already waited far too long for their federal government to lend a hand.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Randy Hubert

    December 28, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Why don’t you report or comment on all the pork in this bill. The American people are getting peanuts. Trump should veto this disgrace.

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    Bethany B.

    December 28, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Where was your moral outrage all these past months when our govenor shut down businesses and didn’t allow them the make a living. Where was your outrage over Nancy Pelosi not even negotiating a Covid bill until we “get another President.” This is your liberal hypocrisy showing thoroughly!

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