$100 incentive to unvaccinated Americans who get shot. How much to those already vaccinated?

$100 incentive to unvaccinated Americans who get shot. How much to those already vaccinated?
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This morality tale is vaguely reminiscent of the exchange then-presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren had with a prospective voter at a campaign event in Grimes, Iowa, in January 2020. Warren was pushing her student loan forgiveness plan, which was effectively a carbon copy of the plan of everyone on the far Left.

The voter explained that his daughter who was on the verge of graduating college had accrued no student loan debt because he had saved wisely. He asked, “Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” Warren replied.

“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed,” the man said.

“No, you’re not going to get screwed,” Warren assured him.

“Of course we do. My buddy had fun, bought a car, went on vacations. I saved my money.”

Now the Biden administration is seeking to implement the same double standard, albeit on a smaller scale. This time the goal, according to the New York Times, is to incentivize the 44% of yet-unvaccinated Americans to get the jab. Those who do will receive a gift of $100 to spend any way they wish.

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the money to pay for the vaccine incentive payments could come from the $350 billion of relief funds that is being given to states and cities as part of the economic rescue package that Congress approved in March. The incentive is intended to “boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives.”

So how big an award will go to the conscientious Americans who already received the vaccination? Can you spell bupkes? Meanwhile, if you held out on getting the shot, and in the process endangered and possibly even infected other people, you are handed cold cash.

I grant you that we are not talking a lot of money here. So far, moreover, some locales that have offered incentives report that the efforts have been successful. But it’s the principle, which Democrats are more than happy to trample all over to achieve whatever end they’re after. (RELATED: Mass. announces first winners of state’s $1M lottery for getting vaccinated)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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