BUSTED – Convicted Criminals Got Over $1 BILLION From US Government!
(UnitedVoice.com) – In the 1990s, watchdog groups criticized the government for overspending on things like toilet seats and hammers. The bureaucracy has never been efficient at using taxpayer dollars for much of anything. Still, the COVID-19 pandemic opened the door for criticism over how the system recklessly spent trillions of dollars, helping contribute to the massive inflation plaguing America.
In 2021, Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned the $2-trillion Democratic partisan American Rescue Act did not account for proper limits on how the government spent the money. Congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden authorized the Treasury Department to disperse cash payments to individuals who made less than $75,000. That threshold increased to $150,000 for married couples. The plan didn’t prohibit prisoners from receiving the money due to opposition from Democrats.
Prisoners Receive $1.3 Billion in Stimulus Checks
In the Senate, an amendment to block inmates from getting a $1,400 COVID stimulus check failed along party lines. The Washington Free Beacon reported Bacon obtained data from the IRS showing 1.1 million incarcerated individuals received checks totaling $1.3 billion.
So, who were the prisoners who got the reckless government spending checks?
Approximately 163,000 prisoners serving life sentences without the possibility of parole received our hard-earned tax dollars. One study by a far-Left group suggested those convicted of homicide and rape were the largest group given life sentences.
Bacon told the Free Beacon that convicts who received stimulus checks were an outrageous example of how reckless the Democratic American Rescue Act spent money without considering taxpayers or proper offset spending. He added the $2-trillion plan increased the average family’s monthly expenses by $500.
IRS Disclosure Not the Only Example of Reckless Spending
Congressional Democrats’ lack of oversight provisions in the March 2021 COVID stimulus bill helped contribute to massive amounts of reckless and irresponsible government spending. In May, the Small Business Administration (SBA) admitted it couldn’t stop people from fraudulently applying for the $1-trillion Paycheck Protection Program.
Former US Attorney Matthew Schneider called $80 billion in Economic Impact Payments (EIP) one of the “biggest frauds in a generation.”
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that in 2020 and 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) distributed $165 million in EIPs to Americans totaling $931 billion. Despite the Democrats’ unwillingness to tailor cash disbursements to those who really needed the money, the GAO said the IRS had the means to tailor payments.
Regardless, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said if convicted individuals in state and federal prison didn’t receive their EIPs, they could still apply.
So much for government accountability.
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