In the aftermath of government-mandated shutdowns, Congress scrambled to dish out money to businesses suddenly forced to shut down. The Paycheck Protection Program was created to provide loans to small businesses. But the program was abused frequently by those who did not need the money. Now, one man has been arrested for spending millions… on himself.
Here’s a thought: instead of shelling out trillions of dollars (in money they don’t have) to “save” American businesses, how about we just open up 100%? American businesses have been limping along since the Summer, trying to get back to normal after abusive lockdowns. Many still suffer under arbitrary restrictions and rules.
The government thought nothing of shutting down nearly every business in American. Their “solution” was to dish out checks to keep workers afloat. Sound like a terrible idea? Hey, it’s not like Congress was forced to shut down (that would have been a lot more welcomed).
But from the moment Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program, reports of abuse came rolling in. Major corporations and chains took millions—despite not being qualified. Harvard University, who sits on $4 billion, took millions. And even though the bill forbad government family members from profiting, the spouses of congressmen and women took in truckloads (including Nancy Pelosi’s husband).
One man managed to con millions from the PPP and took it to Vegas. Now, we’re learning about another man who got $4 million from the government—and bought a Lamborghini.
Federal authorities arrested a Florida man on charges that he “fraudulently” obtained nearly $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and used some of the funds to purchase a 2020 Lamborghini and meet other personal expenses, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday.
Prosecutors also accused the man — David T. Hines, 29, of Miami — of using the PPP loan money to make purchases at resorts in Miami Beach and from luxury jewelry and clothing retailers.
Hines also used the funds for “personal expenses at dating websites,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday upon the defendant’s initial appearance before a judge in the federal court for the Southern District of Florida. [Source: Breitbart]
The man allegedly had spent $318,000 on the car, with another $3.4 million in the bank.
But no, the PPP was a great idea that was executed perfectly!
This is why, by the way, we conservatives say we need as little government as possible. This man would not have been able to steal all that cash, if the government wasn’t giving it out in the first place. And the government wouldn’t have been giving it out in the first place, if states weren’t shutting down the economy.
And, perhaps, states wouldn’t have shut down their economies, had the CDC and FDA (both government agencies) allowed private business to confront COVID-19 way back in January (both agencies prevented private labs from studying the virus and developing tests).
You see the chain? The more government, the more incompetence and abuse. And the more American citizens suffer.
The Paycheck Protection Program was hastily thrown together, with little oversight put into place (obviously). Numerous people and companies received millions they didn’t need. Only now are we finding out just how much fraud was committed because Congress did such a poor job.
Meanwhile, nearly 55 million Americans were put out of work. So, I guess the program was a great success!
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that was cannot trust the government to solve our programs. If there is a pandemic, it’s up to the American people to find a solution. If the government wants to strip away our rights to keep us “safe,” we have to stand up and say no.
Because next time, we might not come out of it alive.