The Senate unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill late Wednesday, which included $500 billion in aid for corporations including airline companies and cruise lines.
Last week, Boeing called for at least $60 billion in financial support for US aerospace companies hit by the economic downfall brought about by the coronavirus outbreak. A day before, the trade association Airlines for America called for a bailout of their own, urging the federal government to extend $58 billion in grants and loans to get through the pandemic-induced slowdown. According to CNN, President Trump was quick to voice his support for the industry and when the Senate unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill late Wednesday, it included $500 billion in aid for corporations, including airline companies and cruise lines.
Jim Cramer says Boeing 'will run out of money' if it is not 'saved' https://t.co/yaok8ZTo1O— CNBC (@CNBC) March 18, 2020
Wednesday's vote was the culmination of drama-filled days of up-and-down negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, with the former opposing the 500 billion slush fund designated for big corporations. According to The Washington Post, speaking to reporters on Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, "There is great unhappiness with how they’re trying to advance a proposal that would be great for giant corporations but leave everyone else behind. We’re not here to create a slush fund for Donald Trump and his family, or a slush fund for the Treasury Department to be able to hand out to their friends."
A number of American citizens have also voiced their displeasure at such a huge chunk of the stimulus package going to these companies while the average American adult would only receive a one-time payment of $1,200. Twitterati tore into big corporations by offering them with the stereotypical condescending advice often directed at the poor. Twitter user Keziyah wrote: Why doesn't Boeing have money saved up for emergencies? If they're poor, how come they have an iPhone & TV? Maybe they should get another job. Or just work harder. Drive for Uber on the side. Stop wasting money on Doordash. Not our fault they chose a major that doesn't pay well.
the airline industry: bail us out or else you stupid piece of shit— ryan (@ryantempletbh) March 22, 2020
the government: yes king 😌
american citizens: hey can you help us! we’re all losing our jobs and can’t pay for food, rent, or healthcare
the government: pic.twitter.com/abH8bRs8O6
Boeing has the same 24 hours that the rest of us do. They can use that time to be lazy and complain about their situation, or they can use that time to hustle and grind and build something for themselves. No excuses. They can start a business. Learn to invest. Flip houses. If Boeing really wanted to, they could work, go to school, start a business, and take care of their kids at the same time. Boeing doesn't need sleep. That's just another excuse. If you really want something, you make it happen no matter what, she continued.
Dear Congress,— Travis Akers (@travisakers) March 23, 2020
Airlines - No bailout.
Airlines employees - bailout.
Cruise lines - No bailout.
Cruise line employees - bailout.
Auto industry - No bailout.
Auto industry employees - bailout.
Major corporations - No bailout.
American worker - bailout
Tired of lazy, ungrateful welfare companies like Boeing living off the rest of us. Get. A. Fu**ing. Job. Stop depending on ordinary, hardworking Americans to bail you out all the time. This is the land of opportunity. If you work really hard, you can accomplish anything, she tweeted. Keziyah's words echo the dismissive opinions and suggestions thrown at the poor who seek financial aid, often blaming them for their predicaments and instructing them to come up with ways to improve their financial situation on their own.
The airline industry is suffering because of coronavirus. Now, airlines are asking the federal government for a bailout of almost $60 billion, to be paid for with our tax dollars.— VICE (@VICE) March 18, 2020
Fuck that. https://t.co/V1btXoUkkx
The thread calls attention to the blatant unfairness of corporations like Boeing getting all the money they seek while those who're risking their lives during this pandemic—such as grocery store workers and delivery drivers—only receive a check for $1,200, which would barely cover their medical bills if they were to get infected. Soon enough, the thread blew up with other Twitter users pitching their own share of useless suggestions for the big companies that apparently cannot survive this crisis unless the government showers them with money.
They also should start living within their means. Maybe they need to move back in with their parents.— Johnathan Lightfoot ☁ (@exnav29) March 19, 2020
Boeing should just pull themself up by their boot straps and work harder— YeetJesus (@YeetJesus42) March 19, 2020
They need to stop buying lattes and eating avocado toast.— Karl (@__karl__) March 19, 2020
Boeing just has a starter job. They should move to another city if they can’t pay rent.— Adrian vG 🇪🇺👌 (@DesignByAdrian) March 19, 2020
Maybe Boening can start a goFundMe page like when we need healthcare.— Stuff About Hockey™ (@_hockeyStuff) March 20, 2020
I bet they are smokers too...— ripley holden 02 (@02Holden) March 19, 2020
But but but ... They had to buy their stock back... it’s their stock and you can’t have it!— Matthew Yurcek (@yurcek_matthew) March 21, 2020
Yep. And they're always catching flights— Keziyah (@KeziyahL) March 19, 2020
Boeing just needs to put on their best suit, march down to the hiring office and tell them they’re able to start that day.— Rep. Gym Jordan (@iGym_Jordan) March 20, 2020
And make coffee at home instead of getting it from Starbucks— Nathan Lutz (@nathanlutz) March 21, 2020