Socializm fer anti-vaxxers! (Axios, so all the usual caveats about formatting apply)
Republican officials around the country are testing a creative mechanism to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates: unemployment benefits.
Driving the news: Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee have changed their unemployment insurance rules to allow workers who are fired or quit over vaccine mandates to receive benefits.
The big picture: Extending unemployment benefits to the unvaccinated is just the latest in a series of proposals aligning the GOP with people who won’t get a COVID shot.
- Republicans see a prime opportunity to rally their base ahead of the midterms. No matter how successful their individual efforts, the campaign is a powerful messaging weapon.
I’m old enough to remember when Republicans and their owners we’re claiming that unemployment benefits were too generous and keeping the proles from returning to the low-wage treadmill. Now, they are not only prolonging a public health emergency, they are paying scofflaws to do it, and to not to return to work.