Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday attempted to smear millions of waiters, waitresses, and busboys who he claims are refusing to go back to work because they are making more from federal boosts to unemployment than they would from earnings they would normally make before the novel coronavirus shut down the US economy.
In an interview Sunday on CBS, Cruz told host Margaret Brennan that restaurant owners are at a disadvantage because their staff does not want to work while the pandemic is ongoing.
“We need to do significantly more to fight the disease,” Cruz opined. “At the same time, we have an absolute economic catastrophe. We have over 44 million Americans [who] have lost their job and we have got to get America back to work.”
According to Cruz, the real problem is that Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) are “shoveling cash at the problem.”
“What specifically because in terms of the unemployment benefits, do you object to providing any kind or any amount of federal boosts to unemployment at this point? Because not everyone is choosing to be out of work,” Brennan asked Cruz.
“The policy that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are pushing adds an additional $600 a week of federal money to unemployment. We have the unemployment system, the system we have had–” said Cruz.
“Right, and McConnell and wants to take it down to 70% of prior wages,” Brennan said.
“Except, the problem is, for 68% of people receiving it right now, they are being paid more on unemployment than they made in their job,” Cruz complained. “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- 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–”
“But you’re open to a lesser amount?” Brennan asked.
Cruz continued: “I, look, I- 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–”