Friday, April 24, 2020

Collect $200 Every Time You Pass Go

This week’s words of wisdom from AOC:

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was the only Democrat in the House or Senate to oppose the $484 billion coronavirus relief package to replenish the depleted small business loan program.

She argued her problem with the bill — which was overwhelmingly passed — was “giving Republicans what they want.”

…and to be clear, her problem with them is they don’t want enough:

“McConnell is already talking about the deficit the moment we talk about getting people relief,” she told CNN, adding: “That to me is a signal that Republicans are done.”

AOC would clearly keep people on the public dole indefinitely. Because to her way of thinking (using the term loosely here) “work” is like slavery, or something:

“When we talk about this idea of ‘reopening society’ you know, only in America does the president, when the president tweets about liberation, does he mean go back to work,” she said. “When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no, we’re not going back to that.'

“We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we can put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”

Sorry babe, but “liberation” by definition does not come with security, but I wouldn’t expect a Thirty-something to know anything about that these days.

Just to help put things in perspective for her, here’s a story about the real economic impact of shutdown on just one university, along with it’s healthcare system.

University Of Michigan Faces Up To $1 Billion Loss From COVID-19, Announces 5%-10% Executive Pay Cuts, Salary And Hiring Freezes, Voluntary Staff Furloughs

While I understand the ambivalence towards state funded institutions of higher education, nobody can deny what a deep ripple just this one closure will have on a state’s economic well being. A billion dollar loss is huge for schools/teaching hospitals that don’t have 40 billion dollar endowment funds. And it reflects a lot of people left suddenly without “any sort of semblance of security in their lives.”

So hell yeah, let’s keep the country shut dpwn in order to not “give the Republicans what they want.” Remind me again Horseface, what’s your better alternative to work?

And don’t forget to collect $200 every time you pass GO!

That should get the country on the right course again real soon.

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