The Stimulus Bill is a Slap in the Face to the American People

And potentially a useful wakeup call for you

Ayodeji Awosika
5 min readDec 21, 2020


I feel like a broken record at this point. I keep hammering home the same sentiment about the optimal way to live your life based on the society you live in.

What optimal way? Do everything you can to exhaust your own resources, creativity, and energy into building a life you can have control over instead of leaving it in the hands of someone else, especially the puppeteers that run our society.

Usually, I keep things motivational and not too political, but some of the events we’ve seen in 2020 just solidify the message that you’re absolutely on your own.

Congress finally passed a second stimulus bill. And they decided to give each American and whopping $600. An amount you can’t pay rent with. An amount that could barely feed a family of four.

An amount that is a slap in the face. If they divided the $900 billion package by the number of people in the country, each person would get roughly $2,700. If instead of printing trillions of dollars to stimulate the stock market they gave some of that money to the people, everyone would be much better off.

Here’s the thing I always try to tell people. I’m one of the most optimistic people on planet earth, but I’m also hyperrealistic. I wouldn’t mind if societal overlords would help us. I’d welcome it. I would like there to be a fairer system than the one we have now. But it’s not going to happen.

The Fundamental Flaw in the System

People have the idea that giving power to the right people will improve the quality of the system. This is incorrect. The incentive structure of the systems themselves create the problems, e.g., politicians making decisions that help them get elected vs. long-term beneficial decisions that don’t help them short term.

You don’t ask the person with their thumb on you, a person who benefits from putting their thumb on you, to take their thumb off you. Yes, you can make incremental changes in the system by getting the right people in, but it’s never going to be enough to save you. It’s never going to be enough to move the needle in your life.



Ayodeji Awosika

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