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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has slammed federal programs that provide an extra $300 to the unemployed — saying they cripple incentives to work and are putting the US “right on the road to socialism.”
“This is about as close to socialism that I’ve seen,” the Republican raged to Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night.
“We’ve got help-wanted signs up everywhere, we get calls and letters, and texts from all sorts of businesses all across the state looking for people to work,” McMaster said.
“People won’t come to work because they’re getting as much money or more in some cases by staying home.”
According to economists at Bank of America, the combined unemployment benefits mean that anyone earning less than $32,000 a year can potentially receive more income from unemployment aid than from their previous jobs.
Last week, McMaster announced that his state would opt out of federal pandemic-related benefit programs at the end of June.
On Monday, he slammed the financial boost to jobless residents as “a counterproductive policy.”
“I’m afraid what the Biden administration is doing is that they’re telling everybody that the virus is still rampant and still in great danger. Everybody has to stay home. That’s not true,” he told Carlson.
“We’ve got people and businesses that are looking for people actively every day and can’t find them because they are at home the pay. Go get a job, get back to work. That’s how you build an economy and a family and everything else.”
McMaster said politicians need to “stand up and fight against this.”
“The Biden proposals are totally underproductive, killing incentive, and it puts us right on the road to socialism. We’ve got to stand up and fight against this,” the governor railed.
Meanwhile, McMaster said in a statement last week that South Carolina’s businesses have “borne the brunt” of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Those businesses that have survived … now face an unprecedented labor shortage … What was intended to be a short-term financial assistance for the vulnerable and displaced during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal entitlement, incentivizing and paying workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace.”
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