New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had some bright ideas in the past, but this is one of her best.
She took to Twitter on Thursday to propose that in order to fight the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, the federal government should simply "pay people to stay at home."
Republicans are mad at this when they literally just voted to do just this in March.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 19, 2020
The reason they’re opposed to it now is because last time they got a Wall Street bailout and this time all that’s left is helping working people, the disabled, the poor, etc.
This would be a great idea if money grew on trees, fell from the sky, or was dispensed by little green leprechauns. Unfortunately for AOC, money comes from governments, which can't spend endlessly without risking serious financial collapse.
The COVID-19 pandemic is indeed serious, and there may be a financial role for the federal government to play. But simply paying people to stay at home -- after we've already spent trillions of taxpayer dollars and our country is nearly $30 trillion in debt -- isn't a serious solution.
But AOC's perspective is all-too-common in our nation's capital. Our elected officials believe they can spend endlessly without consequence. They won't be around when the financial collapse happens, so they feel no qualms about irresponsible spending if it increases their reelection chances.