Even Shark Tank’s O’Leary says US should ‘stop funding companies’ and give COVID relief checks to individuals instead

You know things are bad when a conservative and notoriously scroogey Shark Tank investor is telling the U.S. government that it should be cutting stimulus checks to individuals and not companies.

Yahoo News reports:

“Time is running out for lawmakers to approve a second coronavirus relief package. A host of programs created to provide financial relief during the pandemic are set to expire December 31, and lawmakers are scheduled to begin their holiday recess December 18.

There are signs that a scaled-down deal might be in the works, but those popular $1,200 stimulus checks may not be part of another round of aid.

Shark Tank investor and entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary says that would be a mistake.

‘I’m not worried about business in America, I’m worried about people in America,’ O’Leary told Yahoo Finance Live. ‘I’d much rather have a stimulus package that gives individual checks or extends unemployment benefits for the next 14 months. The idea that the government can pick winners and losers in business has clearly been demonstrated to be false.’

O’Leary said the government should ‘stop funding companies’ and bail out Americans instead. He said a third of the federal Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan money designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the pandemic was ‘wasted’ to fraud and abuse.

‘Why do I want to bail out the shareholders of an airline when really it should go bankrupt?’ O’Leary asked. ‘The middle name of airlines is bankruptcy. They do it well, every seven to 10 years. Let them do it again, to downsize because I don’t need them, the S&P doesn’t need them. We don’t need to fly everywhere anymore. We can do it on a Zoom call. I want to take care of the flight attendants and the people that used to work at those airlines, but that’s just one sector of the economy.'”

For the rest of the story, visit Yahoo News here.

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