What began as a critical benefit for people directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved to become an obstacle in our social and economic recovery.

The CARES Act of 2020 was an unprecedented move to bolster economies at the national, state and local levels, and a critical part of that was a weekly $600 supplemental unemployment benefit. For many who suddenly lost their jobs because of the pandemic, the money was the difference between keeping their families treading water or drowning during a frightening, uncertain and unprecedented time in modern memory.

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If you can’t name half a dozen “stereotypical lazy young adults who won’t get off the couch and find a job” then you are simply parroting fake (as in Fox) news. I haven’t noticed any complaints about corporations taking billions in CARES aid or the generous corporate tax reductions given to local energy industries. We have to protect our corporations you know. Because that’s what fascists do.

When “Active COVID cases rise by 31”, “Three more deaths tied to coronavirus” and “Wyoming, Idaho among bottom five for first COVID shots” are the featured stories in this paper, you might want to rethink why some workers aren’t jumping on minimum wage jobs. Safety first – as they say.

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