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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:30 PM

Republicans squabble over whether to let the economy burn

Back on June 5, President Trump declared, “Today is probably, if you think of it, the greatest comeback in American history.” The occasion was a month of job growth, which he said was so spectacular that George Floyd was beaming about it from heaven. “This is a great day for him," Trump said. "It’s a great day for everybody.”

The “comeback" has not turned out to be quite so glorious. On Thursday, it was reported that 2.3 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, the 18th straight week in which that number exceeded 1 million. In Congress, this continued economic catastrophe has set Republicans fighting with one another, as their small-government ideology crashes against an economic nightmare that could cost them the White House and the Senate.

To begin, we should note that while most headlines are citing 1.4 million as the number of newly unemployed, that figure covers only those applying for traditional state unemployment insurance. When you add in those who applied to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program — which was set up for gig workers and others who aren’t eligible for ordinary UI — the total is 2.3 million for this past week. That brings the total number of Americans either on unemployment or waiting to get approved to a stunning 34 million.

So Republicans are grudgingly coming around to providing another round of assistance to the economy.

The first thing they’ve done is drop Trump’s demand for a payroll tax cut, because it was a dumb idea that no one except Trump liked. But Republicans are still squabbling among themselves, particularly over how much help to give those tens of millions of unemployed Americans.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/23/republicans-squabble-over-whether-let-economy-burn/

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Zorro Jul 2020 OP
C_U_L8R Jul 2020 #1
Walleye Jul 2020 #2
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #3
House of Roberts Jul 2020 #4
2naSalit Jul 2020 #5
underpants Jul 2020 #6
lagomorph777 Jul 2020 #7
underpants Jul 2020 #8
keithbvadu2 Jul 2020 #9

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:30 PM

1. They're just arguing over how much gasoline to throw on it.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:32 PM

2. Republicans in disarray!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:39 PM

3. And whether they like it or not, repugs are going to find that millions and millions of these ...

people needing assistance live in the districts that these thugs represent. So, many of these people needing assistance are going to be of all stripes, democratic and republican, as well as independents.

So, repugs, in resisting anymore economic help to help everyday Americans are simply hurting themselves, when this shouldn't be even an issue.

I guess their help, if it ever comes, is running against their cred of helping only the 1%ers and the already trillions of dollars the republicans gave this group via tax cuts.

Despicable.

It's like we have two unique classes only in this country, those 1% that make by far the majority of all income earned in this country, or the 99% of us that truly need this economic help, during this perilous time.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 01:40 PM

4. It's all about the oppressor class wanting to buy up distressed assets.

The more of them you can create, the bigger the profits for the few at the top with the deepest pockets.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 02:11 PM

5. +1

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 02:23 PM

6. Can Meadows possibly tuck his stupid nose into his mask?

I saw video of him just walking around and talking to reporters like that yesterday

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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 02:54 PM

7. He wears it penis-over-waistband style?

What a douche.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 04:11 PM

8. Yep.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 05:14 PM

9. Time for another all-purpose cure... Tax cuts for the rich.

Time for another all-purpose cure... Tax cuts for the rich.

It's worked so well this far.

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