The U.S. Senate is expected to pass its $2 trillion emergency stimulus bill today, which will include $1200 for individuals as well as a $500 billion slush fund for big corporations suffering losses from the coronavirus pandemic. This slush fund was a point of contention that resulted in the bill being stalled as Democrats and Republicans negotiated, with Democrats resisting the idea of pouring a ton of money into companies who used previous bailouts to buy up their own stocks.

Additionally, a large segment of the common people is not thrilled that so much of the stimulus package goes to these companies while they’re only getting a one-time payment of $1200, which won’t even cover rent for many Americans.

One woman thought that instead of money, companies like Boeing should consider some of the largely useless advice often tossed to poor people in their time of need.

Keziyah’s thread echoes the exact words often used to dismiss the idea of actually helping those living in or near poverty, putting the blame for their predicaments entirely on their shoulders and throwing out suggestions that poor people have definitely already considered if they were at all feasible.

The brilliance of turning this kind of rhetoric around on the kind of people who tend to use in on the poor is that it doesn’t take the reality of their situation into account, just like rich people don’t take the reality of poverty into account when they do it. Of course, Boeing can’t just “go to school” or start a new business—neither can the vast majority of those living in poverty, often due to a lack of time because they’re already working multiple jobs just to get by.

The thread raises the question as to why companies like Boeing, which are largely useless during a pandemic, get all the money they need while workers now deemed “essential” after decades of being demeaned as “low-skilled” such as grocery clerks and delivery drivers are only getting $1200.

Meanwhile, other non-corporation people are jumping on board to mock big companies with more of the kind of useless advice that is often thrown at people who are struggling financially.

Has Boeing thought about going to a trade school?

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*First Published: March 25, 2020, 10:24 am