Republican Grinches Haggle Over a Paltry Stimulus While America is in Crisis
We begin with the negotiations over a $908 billion stimulus package on Capitol Hill ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline when the government runs out of money, and speak with James Thurber, the University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder and Former Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. He joins us to discuss the likelihood that a deal will not be struck before the deadline and that negotiations will continue over the weekend. And while there is less money for the growing number of unemployed and half of the $1200 stimulus checks given out earlier with the Cares Act, apparently a compromise has been reached in which McConnell will drop his insistence that corporations get immunity from prosecution in exchange for the Democrats dropping demands that state governments whose treasuries have been stripped bare by having to respond to the pandemic, get bailed out by a Federal government led by Trump who never took responsibility for the pandemic in the first place.
We Should be Throwing Money at the Problem Which Will Get Worse and Require More