Betty Snow: Actions speak louder than words

Published: 1/12/2022 3:28:01 PM
Modified: 1/12/2022 3:27:08 PM

With support and hard work, Americans came together to defeat Trump. This unleashed countless attacks on democracy. On Jan. 6, a mob attacked and violently ransacked the U.S. Capitol intending to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

This is a pivotal time for the survival of our democracy. In every mid-term election since 1946, the president’s party loses an average of 25 U.S. House seats. A razor-thin majority stands between us and an authoritarian takeover. Voting rights, reproductive rights, sustainable future, ACA could all be on the line if we lose it. This is not a partisan issue.

The 1% wants to destroy democracy. They feel no responsibility for the wellbeing of the 99% or the damage they’ve done to our planet. They stoke division to distract people and prevent groups from forming coalitions. They don’t want the masses coming together and threatening their way of life.

Actions speak louder than words. What do past actions and present conduct tell us? Not one Republican voted for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Signed into law on March 11, 2021, ARPA will change the course of the pandemic and deliver immediate and direct relief to families and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis through no fault of their own.

The act also includes funding for state, local, and tribal governments plus education and COVID-19 related testing, vaccination support, and research. State, local and tribal governments across America have been under unprecedented strain in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. While the need for services has increased (ex. setting up emergency medical facilities, vaccination sites) state and local revenues plummeted as a result of the economic fallout from the crisis.

At the height of the fallout, public sector employment fell by approximately 1.4 million jobs, including layoffs of 1 million educators, compared to around 750,000 job losses during the Great Recession. A balanced budget is considered the foundation of state fiscal practices. State, local and tribal governments face(d) daunting challenges: making untenable choices between laying off frontline workers or failing to provide services communities rely on.

We’re not out of the woods yet.

Betty Snow

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