Sen. Mitt Romney, R-U.T., is one of several Republican lawmakers proposing an immediate cash infusion by the U.S. government — and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had something to say about it on his nightly cable news program.
Romney and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-A.R., have both proposed sending monthly checks over $1,000 to every taxpayer during the coronavirus pandemic — a “well-meaning idea” that will backfire, warned Carlson.
The senators say a cash infusion will help blunt the impact of the virus on the U.S. economy.
“Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy,” Romney said in a press release on Monday.
Cotton agreed, and said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan based on paid leave and tax rebates “doesn’t go far enough, it doesn’t go fast enough” and will “not pass the Senate as written.”
“I and a lot of the other senators, who I’ve spoken to over the weekend, are worried that we’re not doing enough to get cash in the hands of affected workers and families quickly so we’re going to be focused this week on how to do just that,” Cotton said.
Carlson countered that free money isn’t a solution — because Americans need to work.
“That’s likely a well-meaning idea, a lot of smart people are behind it, but it’s also decadent and foolish,” Carlson countered Monday. “Name a place that’ become happier and more prosperous under a scheme like that. Indian reservations? The inner city? Rural areas where half the male population gets monthly disability checks?”
“Or for that matter, if we are being honest, how many happily idle inherited money people do you know?” he asked. “Rich people? None, they’re all drunk. Of course they are. People need to work, they want to work.”
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