Editorial: Burr and Tillis need to help N.C. more than appease Trump
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 -- In recent weeks Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis seem to make it a bigger priority to back up President Donald Trump than attending to the needs of North Carolinians. No one should believe, for a minute, that there is ANY connection between the selfish self-interest priorities of Trump and the most urgent needs, concerns or benefits of North Carolina's citizens.Posted — Updated
North Carolinians may want to issue a “silver alert” to find U.S. senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.
They’ve been off the radar when it comes to addressing the coronavirus pandemic. There’s some important business they need to attend to.
It represents more than two-thirds of the total unemployment benefits paid in North Carolina since March 15. If noting is done, benefits for hundreds of thousands of unemployed in North Carolina will drop from a weekly average of $877 to $277.
Tillis has offered milk-toast platitudes about getting people back to work as soon as possible. Burr has not made any public comments. They must be waiting on directions from the White House to let them know what’s best to do. The concern for North Carolinians is just who are Burr and Tillis looking to please and serve?
In recent weeks the two seem to make it a bigger priority to back up President Donald Trump than attending to the needs of North Carolinians. No one should believe, for a minute, that there is ANY connection between the selfish self-interest priorities of Trump and the most urgent needs, concerns or benefits of North Carolina’s citizens.
If there are kids going back to school, it will help assure there’s a home to return to. For those who may be doing remote learning, it may be the difference between connecting to virtual classrooms or having to wander to find connectivity.
The Trump administration and the Senate, other than complain about the House’s plan, have done nothing. Their negligence and failure to act has resulted in an emergency.
It is time to stop playing politics with the lives of North Carolinians. The conceptual White House relief package is larded with contingencies such as: requiring schools open in return for aid; rejecting funding states to increase testing and tracing; and cutting a payroll tax that provides NO relief to those who need it most NOW.
Richard Burr and Thom Tillis: Offer up a clear voice in support of what North Carolina needs to survive. Just as clearly, reject what Donald Trump’s self-interests demand.