Some more bold economic populism from Donald Trump:
President Trump on Tuesday privately expressed opposition to extending a weekly $600 boost in unemployment insurance for laid-off workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to three officials familiar with his remarks during a closed-door lunch with Republican senators on Capitol Hill.
The increased unemployment benefits — paid by the federal government but administered through individual states — were enacted this year as part of a broader $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress. The boost expires this summer, and House Democrats have proposed extending the aid through January 2021.
But congressional Republicans have said they are concerned that some workers are making more money on unemployment insurance than if they were on a payroll and therefore have less incentive to return to work or find a new job.
It’s not easy to negotiate with sociopaths who hate the idea of giving aid to people with no choice but to stay home because some of it might go to people who don’t want to go back to jobs that are both extremely dangerous and extremely low-paying even if it will benefit them politically, but here we are.