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Sat May 8, 2021, 08:36 AM

Republican Governors, Again, Turn Down Millions That Would Aid Their Own Constituents

So much for having their constituents' interests at heart.

Republican Governors, Again, Turn Down Millions That Would Aid Their Own Constituents
In a redux of Medicaid expansion, South Carolina will forfeit $600 million to kill a piece of federal unemployment insurance.
Noah Lanard


South Carolina will now pay for the privilege of punishing its people twice over. For the past decade, the state has deprived nearly 200,000 residents of health insurance by refusing to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid. Now, it will also turn down federal unemployment insurance as part of an effort to force people back to work.

On Thursday, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he’s rejecting hundreds in millions in aid for unemployed South Carolinians. It follows a decision by Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) earlier this week to do the same. Officials in Wyoming and Georgia are reportedly considering rejecting the extra $300 of weekly unemployment insurance that’s available until September as well. The logic is iffy, at best.

Panic has set in on the right that boosted unemployment is preventing people—particularly restaurant workers—from rejoining the workforce. But there’s little solid evidence that is what’s driving people to stay at home. Many people remain fearful of being exposed to COVID-19, some can’t find jobs as good as the ones they lost, while others, particularly women, have to take care of children whose schools or daycares are not yet fully open.

During the pandemic, companies like Amazon that pay at least $15 an hour and offer health insurance have been able to hire hundreds of thousands of workers for often grueling jobs. “I really don’t think the major factor is the extra unemployment,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. Conservatives of course steered away from an indictment of meager wages halting hiring. (The average weekly earnings of nonsupervisory workers in the leisure and hospitality sector work out to making $20,628 per year.)

And despite the restaurant worker shortage narrative, the Labor Department actually announced on Friday that 331,000 jobs were added last month in leisure and hospitality, more than any other sector. Only 266,000 jobs were created overall—far short of the roughly 1 million new jobs economists had expected—because of losses in areas like package delivery. Among women, employment fell by 8,000, another sign that the unequal distribution of domestic labor is keeping women from returning to paid jobs.

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https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/05/republican-governors-again-turn-down-millions-that-would-aid-their-own-constituents/

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Reply Republican Governors, Again, Turn Down Millions That Would Aid Their Own Constituents (Original post)
babylonsister May 8 OP
Blue Owl May 8 #1
GemDigger May 8 #7
DBoon May 8 #9
Lovie777 May 8 #2
CottonBear May 8 #3
modrepub May 8 #4
modrepub May 8 #5
GemDigger May 8 #6
uponit7771 May 8 #8
aocommunalpunch May 8 #10
dlk May 8 #11
ancianita May 8 #12
HariSeldon May 8 #13
BobTheSubgenius May 8 #14

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 08:40 AM

1. Let's just cut these states off completely

It might just flip them blue

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #1)

Sat May 8, 2021, 10:13 AM

7. Sure!

Great idea!

Thank you for your concern for the dems that live in those states.

Let us show how much we care about those damn dems that dare to live in a red state!

Yea, let's fix their asses.

I shouldn't have to put the sarcasm tag up, but seriously, is that how much you care about people?

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #1)

Sat May 8, 2021, 10:39 AM

9. The people suffering are the ones they are trying to take votes away from

Harming non-voters will not change the politics of a state.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 08:49 AM

2. Send the monies to states that care about their . . .

constituents.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 08:57 AM

3. KKKEMP and the Georgia GQP refuse to expand Medicaid to about 500,000 Georgians.

These are the working poor who don’t qualify for the ACA or current Georgia Medicaid.

The Georgia GQP just can’t abide poor black and brown (and lots of whites too) getting access to healthcare.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 09:26 AM

4. Make Federal Money State/Local Matching

That's one way to reduce the deficit generated from these programs. Red states/counties will most likely balk and the states and counties that are willing to "buy in" will get rewarded. Giving government money "away" with out any commitment or buy in doesn't encourage the Republicans to "playing along". They can be sticks in the mud, vote no and still get the funding.

In reality, Congress and Republican state legislatures take tax revenue from most blue areas and redistribute it to their folks mostly in rural areas. That means local taxes in suburban and urban areas have to go up to make up for lost revenue at the federal and state level. Then Republicans bludgeon the Democratic areas with their tried and true "tax and spend" bullish-t". This has been going on decades and the Democrats still can't see it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 10:54 AM

10. LMAO

Send it our way! There HAS to be an easy, media-driven way to tell the state's people that their people are rejecting free money. Fucking lunacy.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 11:19 AM

11. The cruelty is the point

Republicans have a wide sadistic streak, yet so many will still vote for them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 11:21 AM

12. Billboards. That right there should go on their states' billboards.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 11:50 AM

13. The legislation should do some game theory

When (a Democratic) Congress is appropriating this money, it should write the law such that any money appropriated for a state that opts out is redistributed among states that participate. Thus, by refusing to participate, Republican states would be handing even more money to states that support Democrats.

It could also muddy the political waters, as Democratic politicians (representing a participating state) could say, "We welcome their (Florida, Missouri, etc.) non-participation, since it means more money for our state." This would allow the Republicans to "own the libs" by taking money away from "those evil Democrat states" while also supporting the needy of their state. Of course, this does mean those Republicans would have to make some part of government work, so this really puts them between a rock and a hard place.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 12:10 PM

14. Punishing people for wanting their lives to be a little easier is draconian.

If "they" can live on

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