In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Democrats were doing everything in their power to extend the damage done to the economy and the country by the coronavirus. Cruz said that the party’s overwhelming embrace of lockdowns of businesses and school was a gambit aimed not at slowing the spread of the virus but at making sure President Donald Trump does not win re-election in November.
“We’re 100 days out from the presidential election — the only objective Democrats have is to defeat Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “And they’ve cynically decided the best way to defeat Donald Trump is shut down every business in America, shut down every school in America.”
Cruz said that the Democrats were pushing a coronavirus stimulus bill that would keep the economy stalled indefinitely.
“The policy that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are pushing adds an additional $600 a week of federal money to unemployment,” Cruz said. “Except, the problem is, for 68 percent of people receiving it right now, they are being paid more on unemployment than they made in their job.
“And I’ll tell you,” he continued, “I’ve spoken to small business owners all over the state of Texas who are trying to reopen and they’re calling 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.”
Cruz said that any stimulus package should be focused on putting people back to work – not encouraging them to stay home for the rest of the year.
“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 would suspend the payroll tax, which would give it a — a pay raise to everyone in America who’s working. That actually gets people back to work,” he said.
But of course, he’s absolutely right about the Democrats’ intentions. The last thing they want to see is a full-scale economic recovery before November. The economy was Trump’s number-one argument going into this election, and it’s been all-but-wiped out by the pandemic. Democrats are going to do their best to make sure it stays that way.