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They’re Right, $600 Isn’t Enough for a Locked Down Economy

They’re Right, $600 Isn’t Enough for a Locked Down Economy

It looks President Trump is sending back the so-called COVID relief bill back to Congress, to demand more direct payments to American families. Instead of the $600 per person check, he’s asking for “at least” $2,000 per American. Senator Rand Paul rightly asks if money grows on trees, why not more free money?

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But of course, as we well know, there is no such thing as free money. But liberals and many Republicans seem to agree that $600 for eight months of lockdowns is a joke to people months behind on utilities, rent, etc.

But that’s the thing: there’s never going to be sufficient money to make up for the damage we’ve wrought. This debate over how much is “enough” misses one key admission: these lockdowns have cost millions of individual Americans incalculable amounts of wealth, and there is no possible way to pay them back. For those who traffic in “empathy,” there has been a decided lack of it for those who have found themselves unable to financially sustain their businesses and households.

If Republicans are going to push this back to the Senate, we need to tie this money to Governors making an agreement to immediately reopening their economy. We cannot keep giving out free money like Trader Joe’s does with lollipops for kids.

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