The Republican governors of Possum Hollar are announcing that they will end the weekly $300 Amero pandemic benefits, because the lazy moochers are not willing to work. Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell says that the pandemic benefits placed “handcuffs” on the recovery, and 2024 Goat Rodeo contender Sen. Ben Sasse says that benefits are “making unemployment pay more than work.”
Of course taking $300/week AWAY from 2M people will have a ripple effect on Possum Hollar’s local economies, but Republicants don’t understand market-based economics (see Economics, Trickle-Down).
Now what makes all of this delightful, of course, is the way that the GQP is trying to re-brand themselves as the working-class party (populists?) as they strip working-class people of their benefits.
(And one need not dwell on stopping benefits is Cancel Culturing their base. Seems too obvious, but you know…)
The thing that is obvious is that if $300/week is keeping people from working, then let them keep getting $300/week while returning to work (those benefits don’t expire until September), but then everyone will clearly see that minimum wage is unlivable. And workers will see it right away.
Punishing working class people —and especially the unemployed— is what Republicans are all about. Every chance they get to shame, demean, and yes cancel poor people they will have at it. We’ve said it before, Republicans will fight each other for the right to take the soup away from Oliver Twist.
UPDATE 1: good news!