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When it comes to the great American work ethic, our country is hurtling down the wrong path. The Biden administration is putting America into an increasingly dangerous situation by expanding the class of people who simply don't want to work, preferring instead to simply collect government checks.
Economic support following the COVID-19 pandemic has morphed into a monster. The flow of cash into the pockets of many Americans - courtesy of our government - threatens to blow up the U.S. deficit and create awho would rather sit at home watching reality TV than to rejoin the real world where people work to make a living.
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President Joe Biden made a sweeping case Wednesday for massive new programs that would transform the government's role in Americans' lives, claiming the very future of the country is at stake in his first address to Congress. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: U.S. President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of congress as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) look on in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.
When the pandemic struck, the virus decimated not just the U.S. economy but the global economy. The U.S. government was right to take far-reaching measures to combat a soaring unemployment rate that peaked atin April 2020, a stunning high not seen since 1948 when data collection started.
But with the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines and their rapid distribution, the unemployment rate dropped to justin December 2020.
Today the national unemployment rate is approximatelyYet, many Americans are still not returning to work. they cannot find workers to fill necessary jobs, and some who once held these jobs remain at home collecting government assistance. What's happening and who is responsible?
Transcript: Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress
The president spoke to a limited crowd due to the pandemic. The setting was very different from a typical address, though. Due to the pandemic, tickets were limited and social distancing rules were in place.
We all agree that the pandemic was an unprecedented disaster of epic proportions. The shutdown of our economy was like nothing we had seen in modern history. But unfortunately, some of the measures that were taken to prop people up during a time of need are holding them back in a time of want.
The government's extensions of pandemic unemployment relief are continuing indefinitely. This "generosity" - courtesy of all of us who pay taxes - is having the unfortunate effect of creating a class of people who have decided that they are better off not returning to their jobs.
In March, President Biden signed into law the. The action provides for a third extension of the unemployment provision, this time until Sept. 6, 2021.
The first CARES Act extended unemployment benefits to gig workers, who previously were ineligible for such benefits, and provided benefits for an additional 13 weeks to anyone out of a job because of the pandemic. It also increased the weekly monetary benefit to $600 for jobs lost to COVID-19.
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Those benefits, which ended in July 2020, were re-upped in December 2020 under the CARES Act II and extended through March 2021, though the $600 was halved to $300.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country are having trouble finding employees, especially in industries that rely heavily upon unskilled workers who fetch low wages. They are having a tough time bringing back their staff or hiring new people.
In Hollywood, Fla., one restaurant so desperate for help has begun using robots to escort guests to their seats and transport food to their tables. The owner of Mr. Q Crab Housethat her former employees would "rather sit at home and collect unemployment." So instead of anticipating their return, she invested $30,000 in three robots to supplement her staff. Other restaurants across the country are offering employee but still can't find takers willing to put in an honest day's work.
Other employers have noted that former employees are staying home because they can make more money on unemployment than they did at work. This makes sense only if you are someone who is OK with sitting at home all day doing nothing. Under the generous unemployment benefits, people are opting to make enough to get by, without having to work. Why should anyone go to the trouble of having to get a job if they can indefinitely receive money for doing nothing at all?
Transcript: Ron Klain on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with White House chief of staff Ron Klain that aired Sunday, May 2, 2021, on "Face the Nation."JOHN DICKERSON: Good morning and welcome to FACE THE NATION, we begin this morning with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Good morning, Ron.
It is a sad state of affairs, because the American Dream is predicated on the premise that dreams can come true if you work hard. But that idea is being turned on its head in the United States today.
The Biden administration's policies may create a permanent class of Americans who don't want to achieve the American Dream - or want one that is not predicated on hard work. For them, the American Dream may be to bide their time and accept federal handouts for the foreseeable future.
America needs to give her citizens a hand up, not handouts. It's high time that men and women cut the cord of welfare dependence and get back into the workforce. Our policymakers must start cutting off the reliance on government programs, which taxpayers are not in a position to fund anyway. After all, we have createdthat already runs into the trillions of dollars.
The American economy could roar back now that roughlyhave received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But businesses are crying out for help - not from the government but from unmotivated people with no incentive to forgo Uncle Sam's "free money."
We must immediately undertake a full-throttle effort to get American workers back on the job. Sitting at home, spending government checks, is a sure-fire pathway to financial ruin.
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