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More bullshit from an American president
I honestly don't remember what Donald Trump's message was, but I happened to read the latest letter from an American president---this time it's Joe Biden. <bq>My fellow American, [...] A key part of the American Rescue Plan is direct payments of $1,400 per person for most American households. With the $600 direct payment from December, this brings the total relief payment up to $2,000. <b>This fulfills a promise I made to you</b>, and will help get millions of Americans through this crisis.</bq> The U.S. government sent its citizens money to get through an economic and medical crisis, taking far, far longer to do so than any moral leadership would have, then made sure to lie about how much money it sent them, and then to pat itself on the back for that lie---all in one of the first paragraphs of the letter that was to have accompanied the check, but that showed up nearly two months after it had been sent. That's right: I got the check a month after it was sent---and the cover letter showed up over a month later. And why do I write that he's lying? Because I got $600 in December---over a month before Joe Biden became president. That's the $600 that Biden is claiming counts toward the $2,000 he claims to have sent me. That check came from the previous administration, not his administration. Considering how much Biden supposedly hates Donald Trump and his entire administration, he seems quite happy to claim the Trump Administration's largess as his own, all in order to claim that he gave me $2,000 when he really gave me $1,400. The money doesn't really matter to me---I don't even live in the U.S., but I do pay taxes---but it's the principle of the thing: I don't like having smoke blown up my ass by a geriatric con man. I didn't like it when Trump did it and don't like it when Biden does it. On the reverse side was the whole thing in Spanish. <iq>Mi compatriota [...]</iq> As a bonus, on the front of the envelope, the U.S. government made sure to include a threat: <bq>Official Business Penalty for Private Use, $300</bq> What the hell does that even mean? How do you privately use an envelope? Am I liable for depositing the check? This just seems like a way of making everything the U.S. government does carry an implied threat of unknown consequences.