In a live stream on April 14, two Democrat congressmen have submitted the Emergency Money for the People Act, which would ensure a universal basic income for Americans over 16 for at least half a year. “We’ve got to put money in the pockets of people who have lost income,” one of the congressmen, Ro Khanna, explained during the live stream. “And we have a bill that says you’re going to get up to 2,000 bucks — not just one time, but for six months.”
The move comes as checks from the U.S.’s first round of cash handouts begin hitting bank accounts. Worth $1,200 or $500 for children, the one-off payments cover the majority of U.S. citizens, with President Donald Trump insisting the checks bear his name. At the same time, controversy abounds after it emerged that banks are able to confiscate the money if the recipient has debt obligations.
Bitcoin users had already widely panned the plans, which many see as a further move towards government economic meddling that some suggest facilitated the coronavirus crisis to begin with. “The Rubicon has been crossed. Even surprises me and I have been a strong advocate for extreme policy response, ‘unlimited,’ in the face of economic collapse,” Gold Bullion International co-founder Dan Taperio tweeted on Thursday, adding: “Soon will be difficult to value money. If so, all society’s values realign. Expect volatility.” Several weeks ago, a Federal Reserve representative admitted publicly that the bank had “unlimited” money.
Bitcoin Hits $7K Amid Warning $2K US Payouts Make Fiat ‘Hard to Value’, CoinTelegraph, Apr 16