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Mo money, less problems. Biden says stimulus checks and vaccines are on the way

A year ago, we learned that a deadly virus was killing people, and the only way to stay safe was to stay away from each other. Businesses closed, schools shut down, and just like that, the world had changed.

Now, after nearly a year of lies, sickness and death—we’re finally getting a dose of something we need just as much as vaccine. We’re getting a dose of truth. And the truth is, we can get back to something close to normal, but there’s one thing we have to do first.

“The only way to get our lives back, to get our economy back on track, is to beat the virus.”

That’s what Joe Biden told America last night, and I agree. With three vaccines available to all adults by May 1st, we’ll do that sooner than later. But my hope for the future is not about a vaccine. My hope is wrapped up in truth. And the truth is that the $1.9 trillion stimulus law Joe Biden signed yesterday is about more than the virus. It’s about all that the virus exposed.

It exposed that poverty remains an abiding problem, and that racism still costs lives. It exposed that when businesses start to disappear, our ability to make a living goes with them. It exposed that the same folks who say they love America don’t love the people who live here. And solving all those issues take more than just hope. It takes money.

Beginning this weekend, Americans will start to see that money—up to $5,600 for a family of four. There’s expanded child tax credits for struggling parents; money for jobs and businesses, cities and states.

Still, money means nothing if you’re not alive to spend it, and with Biden setting goals and getting checks in the mail, the truth is, we’re well on our way.
Photo: British Columbia’s provincewide COVID-19 immunizations. By. Province of British Columbia

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