Senate Bill Demeans Low Earners
The US Senate is proposing to pay salaried workers a sum — perhaps $1,200 — once, maybe twice, in the wake of the disastrous COVID-19’s effect of individuals’ and families’ incomes. But lower-paid workers and the likes of gig workers — with little or no tax liability — are intended to get half as beneficial a sum.
That’s wrong. Us lower-earners have liabilities on a par with our higher-paid counterparts — as noted in the following letter I sent this afternoon to Virginia’s two senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
I encourage you to send a personalized variation on this note to your senators. NOW! (Copied notes aren’t as effective as individualized ones.)
NOW is important: The Senate is planning to wrap up debate on this bill soon… and screw many of us in the process.
Many of your constituents, like my two-person household, have little or no tax liability because  we don’t earn much and  as work-at-home employees (my wife) and gig workers (me), we have legitimate business expenses reducing our liability — to zero, in our case.
But our expense burdens are on a par with salaried workers: We pay rent, local taxes, home and car insurance, fuel, electricity, the internet (a necessity because of my wife’s work) and we enjoy eating from time to time.
We deserve, in whatever payout the government decides to provide individuals and families, to be paid on an equal footing with higher earners. We are just as much ‘in this mess’ as they are!
One other thing: Large corporations should NOT be bailed out YET AGAIN. They’ve treated themselves well and their customers poorly in recent years. Even now, they are, or threatening to be, laying off workers and offering little if any financial appreciation for the efforts those workers have made for the company and its bottom line.
Make payments fair — to individuals and families, and NOT to corporations.