That is so, so dumb:
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed an financial reduction package deal that will supply far skimpier federal unemployment advantages than what has been proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including a component of uncertainty into the delicate stimulus negotiations, based on two individuals conversant in the matter.
As a substitute, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has proposed that lawmakers approve one other stimulus verify worth $600 per individual and $600 per little one, the individuals conversant in the plan mentioned, talking on the situation of anonymity to share particulars of personal deliberations.
….Below the bipartisan framework launched final week by a bunch of average lawmakers, Congress would approve…supplementary unemployment advantages at $300 per week whereas extending varied unemployment applications which might be set to run out on the finish of the yr. The framework didn’t embrace one other spherical of stimulus funds.
I actually don’t get this. I actually can’t consider any coherent purpose to desire a flat $600 profit for everybody—most of whom don’t want it—as a substitute of a focused profit for individuals who do want it. The flat fee can be worse stimulus; it wouldn’t be as useful to these in want; and it wouldn’t value any much less. However Donald Trump is so blinkered that he can’t think about something being higher than simply sending everybody a verify together with his title on it. Or one thing.
Can anybody clarify this to me? It looks as if such a no brainer. Has somebody within the GOP mind belief determined that unemployment advantages go extra towards Democratic-leaning staff than Republican-leaning staff? Are they nonetheless caught on the concept unemployment funds will immediate staff to remain at house lazing on the sofa as a substitute of getting again to workplaces that aren’t even open? Are they afraid that UI advantages go largely to the poor, and so they hate the concept of serving to the poor? Is it one thing else? That is simply inexplicable.