Our political leaders ought to support us in a time of unprecedented disaster. But they didn’t, so we had only ourselves to rely on

While politicians debate whether sending a thousand bucks to people who have lost jobs, homes, loved ones, and health insurance to an economic crisis and a still very active pandemic counts as a “handout” to freeloaders, the people themselves have decided to share their resources with those who need it. This year, Americans, many of us having no idea if we were next to lose our jobs or what changes the future might hold, gave generously to help feed, bail out of jail, and heal strangers across the country.

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