The Heroes Act Rewards Bad Behavior and Poor Governance

“That which gets rewarded, gets repeated” is a principle equally applicable in business management, dog training and public policy.

As to the latter, when politicians and bureaucrats are rewarded with more money after wasting the taxpayer dollars they already receive, what makes anyone think their behavior will change?

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has passed a staggering $3 trillion stimulus plan called the Heroes Act. Nearly a trillion of that is slated for state and municipal governments.

While the previous relief package called the CARES Act helped the private sector, a good chunk of that also went to state and local governments for mass transit, Medicaid costs and direct dollars to local budgets that were related — more or less — to the pandemic.

But the Democrats’ new proposal envisions a huge portion of bailout dollars that are unrestricted.

The good news for taxpayers is that the Heroes Act is DOA in the United States Senate, at least in its current form. Led by Mitch the Impaler, the Republican-controlled body will undoubtedly pare it down and — hopefully — place many conditions on the release of the funds that will incentivize good behavior, not bad.

Given that there are infinite examples of governing malfeasance in California, the federal government could make several reasonable demands as a condition for receiving additional relief funds.

First and foremost is pension reform. …

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  1. JimM MacLellan says

    It doesn’t change!
    It get’s dramatically worse.

    Just as in our courts.
    Currently judges are partisan and weak.
    So crime steadily gets worse with more criminals than ever.
    Prisons and jails are full – Newsom wants to shut prisons down and let criminals onto the street.
    That sounds like a formula born of stupidity and is very dangerous for the honest Citizen.
    Particularly in California where they are taking away your guns, making it difficult to purchase ammunition and than letting criminals, illegals, and the homeless roam free!
    Stupid! A government run by ignorance, aka Democrat majority elected by morons.

  2. Not one dime and I currently live in California. That money will be spent to MAKE SURE DEMOCRAPS NEVER LOSE ANOTHER ELECTION. The DEMOCRAPS will give you all you want as long as they are not paying for it….Just look across the country if you need to see anymore evidence of SHIT, GARBAGE DEMOCRAPS.

  3. Really??? says

    The Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors has a Consent item to spend $40K to study a bike path. The County is bleeding money and is giving out pay raises.

    The House Bill is to prop up not just bad government but lousy government and the Socialist who continue to spend as if there is no bottom the the taxpayer wallet.

    Guess what my wallet it empty. I work two jobs and 6 days a week. I don’t get vacations.

    And you voted for them?

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