Are Democrats trying to hurt Trump by Extending Lockdowns?

Ted Cruz signing autographs” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by cornstalker

On Sunday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democrats of deliberately trying to extend coronavirus lockdowns of schools and businesses to make President Trump suffer politically before the presidential election.

Teachers’ unions, mostly aligned with the Democratic party, are still opposed to opening schools. In Los Angeles, the teachers’ union has made a list of political demands for its reopening plan. It includes defunding the police, taxing the wealthy, providing “Medicare-for-all,” implementing a moratorium on charter schools, and obtaining more federal funding.

“We’re 100 days out from the presidential election — the only objective Democrats have is to defeat Donald Trump, and they’ve cynically decided [the] best way to defeat Donald Trump is shut down every business in America, shut down every school in America.” Cruz shared with Margaret Brennan, anchorwoman for CBS News’ Face the Nation.”

Democrats’ Relief Bill

Cruz specifically complained about the Democrats’ plan for a new coronavirus relief bill, which Congress is expected to commence this week. To that Brennan answered that some Republicans and the White House have also supported a new round of stimulus relief, including $1,200 stimulus checks and tax credits for businesses. On Sunday, top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow advised that the White House would extend the federal eviction moratorium.

“The policy that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are pushing adds an additional $600 a week of federal money to unemployment,” Cruz mentioned. “Except, the problem is, for 68 percent of people receiving it right now, they are being paid more on unemployment than they made in their job.”


Payroll Taxcut instead of Stimulus Cheques

According to Cruz, the problem of people not wanting to go back to work went beyond speculation: “And I’ll tell you, I’ve spoken to small business owners all over the state of Texas who are trying to reopen and they’re calling their waiters and waitresses, they’re calling their busboys, and they won’t come back and, of course, they won’t come back because the federal government is paying them, in some instances, twice as much money to stay home.”

As an alternative, Cruz suggested a payroll tax cut and lifting economic restrictions immediately.

“What we ought to focus on, instead of just shoveling trillions out the door, we ought to be passing a recovery bill. Now, what’s a recovery bill? A recovery bill would be lifting the taxes and the regulations that are hammering small businesses so that people can go back to work. A recovery bill would suspend the payroll tax, which would give it a — a pay raise to everyone in America who’s working. That actually gets people back to work.”