Skip to comments.Pelosi Alleges GOP Disdain for Working People [semi-satire]
Posted on 08/01/2020 9:41:47 AM PDT by John Semmens
Frustrated by Republican opposition to the continuation of the coronavirus stimulation package provision that added a $600/week supplement to normal unemployment compensation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) told CNN's Anderson Cooper that "Republicans have disdain toward working people. They argue that when combined with the usual unemployment benefits the added $600 makes staying unemployed more remunerative than going back to work for many of our lower-wage employees. Well, duh. Who wouldn't prefer leisure to work, especially if it comes with a bigger income."
"Republicans act as if the 30 million currently unemployed is a bad thing," the Speaker went on. "We call it a good first step toward the transformation of this country from capitalistic wage-slavery to socialistic redistribution of wealth. We've seen that with the generous unemployment benefits we've been providing over the last three months that tens of millions of former workers have been able to spend more time with their families doing fun stuff instead of having to work. We think this should be continued and expanded. Right now there are 125 million Americans still locked in wage-slavery. We should be fighting to free all of them."
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy) says "the Speaker is living on Fantasy Island. Her $3.4 trillion COVID relief bill includes bailouts to state pension plans, payoffs to her political cronies, direct checks to illegal immigrants, and tax relief for a blue state bailout for high earners in California and New York. It will bankrupt the country and wreck our economy. If we're going to have goods and services someone has to work to produce and provide them. Her notion that everyone can live off government checks is fiscal idiocy."
Pelosi dismissed Barrasso's contentions that the path she wants the country to take is financially impossible. "What our Republican opponents are concealing from voters is the government's power to create as much money as needed," she said. "Forcing anyone to work when the government can simply print enough money for everyone to live a life of leisure is just cruel. We think voters will see this and sweep the GOP out of the White House and Congress in the November elections."
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