Two prominent members of “The Squad” of progressive activist congresswomen are calling for Americans to be “paid to stay home” in order to vanquish the coronavirus pandemic.
“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted on Thursday.
To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 19, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) seconded the notion, declaring that “We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over.”
We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) November 19, 2020
According to CNBC, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar aren’t alone in the hope of reducing America to abject socialism in the name of fighting the pandemic. If projected president-elect Joe Biden ascends to the White House, this pipe dream could become policy.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, appointed by Biden to his administration’s coronavirus task force, has stated that a stringent, 4-6 week lockdown with paid wages for workers is under consideration.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” said Osterholm, who currently serves as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “If we did that, then we could lock down for 4 to 6 weeks.”
The idea isn’t without precedent and has been tried in Europe.
The United Kingdom is currently operating a $50 billion program to pay up to 80 percent of the salaries of private-sector workers, The Washington Post reported. The Post estimated that following the British model would cost $390 billion here in the States.
13 weeks of the Denmark model, however, would cost about $2.5 trillion in taxpayer money.
Folks, if Biden claws his way into the White House, this is what we have to look forward to—the erosion of our society in favor of a socialist wasteland. Do not stop praying that this grim possibility does not come to pass!
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