Weekend Wrap-Up — April 20, 2020

Weekend Wrap-Up — April 20, 2020

(TargetLiberty.org) – A new poll released this weekend shows most Americans are concerned about reopening the economy too soon. However, the margins aren’t as clear as you might think. In other news, some lawmakers want to rely more on the government to fix every problem. Finally, some senators got upset over a phone call with Trump. The teleconference comes at a time when Congress is asking for unprecedented handouts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polls Reveal Anxiety Among Americans

According to a poll conducted by NBC/Wall Street Journal from April 13 to 15, 58% of respondents are worrying about the US moving too quickly to reopen the economy. In contrast, 32% thought things were taking too long. Another 10% remain unsure.

Of the Democrats polled, 77% are worried the country will reopen too soon. A majority, 57%, of Independents voiced concerned as well. Republicans, on the other hand, are pretty split with 48% worried about how containment methods will impact the economy.

What’s almost totally unanimous is the combined metric of how people view the economy. About 76% think the economy is in either “only fair” (31%) or “poor” (45%) condition. That’s a stark difference compared to December 2019 data showing 30% fair and 14% poor.

Some States Upset About Taking Responsibility

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a conference call with many Democratic senators. The call reportedly turned into an attempt for the senators to grill Trump and Pence. Apparently, “almost every question” from the lawmakers was about testing.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) described the call, saying “I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life.”

Why is King so upset? He doesn’t feel like testing responsibilities should be offloaded to the state. The senator wants the government to take care of the problem.

Trump, on the other hand, has previously made it clear that federal assistance wasn’t intended to be a permanent fixture. Washington is gladly taking testing measures into its own hands. Why can’t Maine follow suit?

Proposals to Strengthen the Nanny State

Politicians are starting to openly advocate for more radical positions. They’re using COVID-19 as an excuse to “temporarily” implement massive programs that would cost the taxpayers a great deal. Here are the two currently being proposed.

First is a $2,000 monthly payment for those affected by COVID-19. Another $500 would be given per dependent child as well. Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) are teaming up to push this measure. Given the “enthusiasm” of a universal basic income (UBI) among some politicians, they would almost certainly try to make it permanent after this crisis ends.

The other huge proposal comes from none other than Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who wants to cancel rent and mortgage payments. It would last either through the emergency or up to one year unless extended.

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