By Sen. Roger Marshall, M.D
Published 2 hours ago
In a midsized warehouse along the Kansas-Missouri border, a hard
reality hit home. There, workers, exhausted after working 10- to
12-hour shifts six days a week, said to me "We need help. Why are you
paying people so much to stay at home? It's not fair, it's not what
this country is about."
This message was as profound as it was saddening. As someone who has
long railed against the burden of government taxes and regulation, it
was these workers who exposed the danger of federal spending.
With the government giving people the same money they used to get from
a job, people don’t have to work to get things they used to get. Not
only do the rest have to work harder, but their hard-earned money no
longer works as hard for them.
Americans recall in early 2020 our economy was enjoying record low unemployment rates and poverty along with record highs in wages and
household incomes. But when COVID hit, a 3.5% February unemployment
rate hit 14.8% in April while GDP in Q2 dropped by 31.2%. To sustain
the purchasing power of Americans during the shutdown, Congress passed bipartisan targeted legislation.
Our nation rose up, churning out masks, protective gear, ventilators
and plastic shields while pharmaceutical firms worked to produce
vaccines in record time. This response slowed the pandemic, the economy surged 33.8% in Q3, and unemployment dropped to 6.7% by year’s end.
As vaccinations began, the economy reopened and jobs came back – but workers didn’t. By spring 2021, businesses had 9.3 million job openings but 9.8 million Americans remained unemployed.
Every businessman across America knows why they couldn’t get workers:
their paychecks for working simply couldn’t compete with bigger
government checks for not working.
Nationally, some 60% of all workers could earn more in unemployment and
extra cash bonuses than from a job. While Democrats continually deny
the role of overspending, workers know exactly what happened.
Most people work because of things you can buy with a paycheck. You
might take a job to raise children but now, with the $15,600 monthly
child credit, you don’t need a job.
You take a job to pay rent or a mortgage, but with the government
giving enough to cover that and banning evictions, no one needs a job
to keep a roof over their head.
And now, the administration announced a 27% increase in food stamp
benefits – more than the typical family’s food budget – so you no longer need a job to feed your family.
The looming socialist budget will make most of this permanent.
Another thing is a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage. This is more than
twice the amount apprentices get when entering a trade union.
It takes away a person's incentive to better themselves. Why should
they spend four years training for a trade, when they can start off at
15 dollars an hour, and get it anywhere they go to work?
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