Even though a majority of Americans say they support the current coronavirus relief package currently being debated in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he’s “concerned” that giving people money will make them lazy and deter them from returning to work.
Appearing on Fox News Wednesday, McConnell was asked by host Martha MacCallum:
“Do you think the checks that are going out — you know, there’s some unemployment benefits, additional benefits that would run out in March — do you believe that these checks prevents some people from wanting to work?”
“Well, there is a concern about making it more advantageous to stay home rather than going back to work.”
Seconds later, McConnell added that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 511,000 Americans and left millions of people unemployed calls for “considerably less” spending than Democrats are proposing.
Wait a minute! Is this the same Mitch McConnell who gleefully helped the Trump administration pass not one but TWO direct payment bills in 2020? He certainly had no problem handing over $1,200 and another $600 to Americans when there was an election right around the corner. And all the while, both he and former President Donald Trump repeatedly tried to downplay the danger posed by the disease.
Now, however, with a Democrat in the White House, suddenly McConnell and his fellow Republicans have become fiscal conservatives, even though they were anything but frugal when they exploded the federal deficit with massive tax cuts for the rich that didn’t do a bit of good when it came to creating economic growth for middle class Americans.
If Mitch McConnell is so damn worried about the cost of the stimulus bill, why doesn’t he suggest repealing the Trump tax cuts and cutting back on defense spending until the U.S. economy is back on a firm footing? Because he’s far too busy being a hypocrite.
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