We had $600 a week for people who lost work due to covid, but only for 16 weeks. Them the Republicans refused to do anything more, because they insisted the solution was to reopen the economy.
Thanks to the toxic combo of Federalism & “rugged individualism”, the US has a patchwork system for unemployment benefits that’s far too meager in most states.
As others pointed out, our system treats people who are unable to work for any reason very harshly, by design.
BTW, Canada only gave people who had lost substantial income $2000 a month for 16 weeks. Compared to the $600 a week from the CARES Act, it’s not as generous. The difference is Canada followed up with UI reform to keep helping people whose jobs were shut down by covid, while Republicans demanded we “open the economy”.
I’ll say this- the “pencil pusher” certainly had a degree in Finance.
Why do you folks ignore the $600 a week that made so many Republicans upset, because it was so generous people made more for staying at home, than working? That was more generous than what most countries did, but it ended far too soon.
Canada didn’t give everyone $2000 a month, just people who lost substantial income. It only lasted 16 weeks. The big difference is they followed up with a bolstered UI program.
Aren’t we still arguing that Student Debt Forgiveness is a stimulus program?
“Stimulus” is an attempt to appeal to Republicans who will never vote for anything with the words “social” or “benefit”. They’ll vote for “aid”, but only if the word “military” is in front of it.
Also, no country has anything close to as generous as most of the M4A proposals floated out of the Bernie/Warren campaigns. In fact, as many nations have universal healthcare that’s not nationalized, as nations that do.
No private person or company is obligated to provide a platform for conspiracy theories, hate speech & threats. GoComics bans users who violate their ToS in a much more aggressive manner than Twitter, yet many conservatives have been posting here for years.
If you want to trade Fascist memes with like minded people, there are online forums that allow that. Twitter & FaceBook were responding to pressure from their users, not pressure from the government.
Conservative thought has become a joke.
Let’s see what Budget Committee Chair Sanders does before we start criticizing him.