Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed after attacking COVID-19 relief
President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the painful economic crisis it created with some ambitious stimulus/economic relief programs that have been applauded by the New York Times' Paul Krugman and other liberal economists. But Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia believes that social spending is hurting small businesses in the United States.
When the far-right congresswoman and QAnon supporter visited Twitter on Monday, she claimed that "government handouts" and "socialism," not the worst global pandemic in over 100 years, are what is hurting businesses in the United States. She tweeted:
... Small businesses should not be forced to compete with the government handouts that are on average $640/week. T… https://t.co/kumYGEirMz— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1620646852.0
Greene is being inundated with negative reactions, from Twitter users to Occupy Democrats — whose Rob Haffey laid out some of the flaws in her argument in an article posted on Monday.
"As is often the case with right-wing framing," Haffey explained, "Greene's is a bad faith explanation of the labor phenomenon. Labor shortages, particularly in the restaurant industry, can be attributed to many factors that have nothing to do with laziness. Many people are still unvaccinated and afraid of contracting coronavirus in crowded restaurants where they sometimes interact with hundreds of strangers in a single day."
Haffey went on to say, "The simple solution to this so-called problem is for businesses to pay better wages. Conservatives love to prostrate themselves at the altar of the free market when it benefits them, but the moment it looks like it might help the working class, they change their tune. Nobody should be forced to work for little better than slave wages."
Here are some other reactions to Greene's tweets:
@mtgreenee translated into human:"the stimulus and unemployment payments that've kept Americans alive over the last 18 months are evil"— Edward Portell (@Edward Portell)1620647284.0
@mtgreenee And how are people who lost their jobs due to covid supposed to pay their rent, by food, and take care o… https://t.co/ArnYTnoYSi— jwarren (@jwarren)1620647194.0
@mtgreenee Tell us Marj, what do you want think is a wage that people can earn and rent an apartment and eat health… https://t.co/Oanw0V7KwL— Robert Burke (@Robert Burke)1620647393.0
@mtgreenee Attacking working class Americans and basically calling them lazy.— Eric Sohni (@Eric Sohni)1620647520.0
@mtgreenee those who think the current $7.25 federal minimum wage is “acceptable” should be “forced to live and wor… https://t.co/8YXp32U2GM— QuoteDigger (@QuoteDigger)1620647634.0
@mtgreenee Where I live a studio or 1br apt starts at over $1800 a month. Most don’t include utilities. If they ha… https://t.co/goXu3GpMhY— Mary Bellett (@Mary Bellett)1620647758.0
@mtgreenee Wait, wasn't the government handout you're talking about started under trump? Biden just extended it!— Linda Kay (@Linda Kay)1620648766.0
@mtgreenee It’s a backdoor way to implement $15/min wage and UBI As usual, Republicans are missing the point and g… https://t.co/UX9VUcKDlF— Dixon Cider (@Dixon Cider)1620648941.0
@mtgreenee Great idea. Let's start with your government grifting. Let's pay you hourly $10.00 (above minimum wage… https://t.co/zPEnK38XV6— Checky's Mom (snark is all mine) (@Checky's Mom (snark is all mine))1620649338.0
@mtgreenee You once again miss the point. Businesses need to pay an attractive wage, like they did decades ago when… https://t.co/jbeMtavVyl— Extrapolate (@Extrapolate)1620650724.0
@mtgreenee Americans should be able to support themselves by working--not just support the business owner by workin… https://t.co/yIRfhPkctD— ML Real Patriots = Dems (@ML Real Patriots = Dems)1620653404.0
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