AOC: 'We Need To Pay People To Stay Home'
Squad member presents new ideas to stop spread of coronavirus
Socialist Democratic 'squad' member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has some new ideas to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted Thursday:
“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home."
To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 19, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota agreed that money is the cure.
"We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over,” she tweeted.
We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) November 19, 2020
A potential Biden administration could adopt the paying workers to stay home if the far-left 'squad' members get their way.
According to CNBC, Biden's coronavirus task force member, Dr. Michael Osterholm, said the stringent lockdown lasting four to six weeks while paying workers’ wages 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, currently director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
“If we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks.”
A senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, Elise Gould, seconded the motion.
“Health experts have been talking about this all along, to stay home and make it financially viable for people to do so,” Gould said.
The idea has also been trialed across Europe.
The Atlantic reported that Denmark began paying 75 percent of the wages of the nation’s private-sector employees for a period of three months.
But doing the same in America would cost the taxpayer $2.5 trillion.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom is in a program that is paying 80 percent of private-sector workers' salaries who have been furloughed.
Copying the British model would cost $390 billion in the U.S.
“If your job six months on is still depending on state support, it does beg the question of whether those jobs now are viable,” said Jessica Hinds, an analyst at the London-based consultancy Capital Economics.