(PatriotWise.com)- Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” COVID “relief” package included a $300 a week federal supplemental unemployment check for those who lost their jobs during the reckless pandemic lockdowns. These supplemental benefits are set to expire on September 6.
However, due to a glut of available jobs and a workers’ shortage prompted by the lucrative welfare program, 26 states have already ended the supplemental federal unemployment payments in order to fill all those jobs that remain open.
But some Americans aren’t willing to give up the money for staying out of work. As a results residents in a number of states have filed lawsuits against their governors demanding that the $300 supplemental unemployment be reinstated.
Such lawsuits have been brought in Texas, Ohio, Maryland and Indiana. And on Monday, July 5, a judge in Maryland issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Larry Hogan requiring the state to continue the supplemental payments until a hearing is held on the case.
In Texas, more than 30,000 residents filed a suit against Governor Greg Abbott claiming by ending the supplemental unemployment payments he was overstepping his authority. The plaintiffs in the case organized on Facebook and crowdfunded to hire an attorney to represent them.
If only they could use that motivation to get off their butts and get a job.
In response to the suit, Governor Abbott explained that the total number of job openings in Texas right now is nearly identical to the number of Texans receiving unemployment.
Unemployment by design is meant to be temporary for those actively seeking employment. It was never meant to be an alternative source of income when jobs are available. And it certainly wasn’t intended to provide for people who are simply afraid to venture out post-pandemic.
But one plaintiff in the Indiana suit against Governor Eric Holcomb admitted that her reasons for refusing to go back to work was fear over COVID, telling the Indianapolis Star that she was not going back to work, “not at the risk of my son’s life.”
The judge in the Indiana lawsuit ruled late last month that the state must continue paying the federal supplemental unemployment.
So small business owners will still be forced to compete against the Federal government for workers. This was never supposed to be how a free market works.
In the end, Federal “COVID relief” spending has created even more problems for a sector of our economy that was already on life-support.
But, hey. No more mean tweets.