Vic Dibitetto, a New York comedian, went viral Wednesday after posting a video rant from inside his car slamming the government’s response to the coronavirus.
He took particular umbrage with the $1,200 stimulus checks that were sent out to Americans that are intended to hold us over during the historic downturn due, in part, to statewide shelter-in-place orders.
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Dibitetto admits that, like many of us, he’s not going to turn down $1,200, but he said the money does not cover much for your typical American family.
“I mean, let’s be serious,” he said. “I’m not going to turn away twelve-hundred bucks; look at the typical family. Mortgage payment, health care payment, car payments, electric, water, garbage, phone. So maybe — maybe! — the twelve hundred covers the mortgage, but what about all the other costs that we have each month? This twelve-hundred dollar thing isn’t doing s–t for the normal working family.”
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Dibitetto also criticized banks for allowing their mortgage customers to take a three-month furlough in payments, only to have to repay all three months at once.
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“Someone who was just unemployed and not earning money for three months, they weren’t earning money! Hello?! Now they just start back to work and all that money magically appears so they can pay the three months in a lump sum? How are they f***ing paying that? Are you f***ing idiots?”
The federal government took drastic measures in an effort to prevent an economic collapse during the virtual shutdown. President Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus last month and is expected to sign another $500 billion bill that was just passed by the Senate.
“I urge the Senate and House to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act with additional funding for PPP, Hospitals, and Testing,” Trump tweeted.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., did not block the bill but, but said that no amount of bailout dollars will “stimulate an economy that is being strangled by quarantine.”
“It is not lack of money that plagues us but lack of commerce,” he said.
Mediaite posted the video and pointed out that it had over 1.6 million views. One person reposted the video and wrote, “In case you missed @AOC on @Maddow last night here’s a short clip.”
Ian Bremmer, the political scientist, reposted the clip on Twitter, and wrote, “NSFW (Not Safe for Work) But since NOBODY’S ACTUALLY IN THE OFFICE…you should watch this. Speaks for a lot of people right now.”