Todd Starnes, the best-selling author and host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show,” on Thursday pointed to a troubling poll that indicated 82 percent of Americans would want a monthly stimulus check from Uncle Sam during the coronavirus pandemic.
Forbes reported on Tuesday that the poll, which was conducted by OnePoll, revealed the effects the coronavirus had on the public’s feelings towards government handouts. According to the report, 76 percent of self-identified Republicans believe the country should consider universal healthcare.
There is no doubt that the government shutdown and statewide lockdown orders have put millions on families in nearly impossible financial conditions. On Thursday, the U.S. reported another 2.4 million jobless claims, bringing the coronavirus pandemic’s total to 38.6 million in nine weeks. Torsten Slok, the chief economist for Deutsche Bank Securities, told the New York Times that the “hemorrhaging” continues.
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Starnes, who is sympathetic to the inherent crisis that many Americans face, said part of the issue with a new generation’s willingness to collect government can be traced back to their upbringing. Starnes pointed to the 1996 book by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton called “It Takes a Village.” The book focuses on society’s roll in successful child-rearing.
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“No ladies and gentlemen, what it takes is a mom and a dad to raise a child, and as the Good Book tells us, mom and dad are supposed to raise up that child the way they should go,” Starnes said. “In other words, mom and dad are supposed to teach them right from wrong and to teach them that it’s not right to steal and it’s not right to take something that is not earned. Those are lessons in values that are learned around the dinner table, or around the breakfast table. Those are lessons learned when you have a mom and dad in the household.”
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Starnes said he warned about the shift since congress passed its first massive coronavirus package.
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“I suspect these numbers are pretty accurate because we have had a couple of generations now that have been raised up—that have been trained to believe in a handout. That somebody owes you something,” Starnes said. “That the idea of standing on your own two feet and making your own way in the world is somehow obsolete.”