Mitch McConnell's Ghoulish Plan to Exploit Covid Desperation to Shield Corporate Crime

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Republicans want to protect corporations from Covid-related lawsuits. Senator Bernie Sanders says it's wrong morally and economically.
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What the United States desperately needs is a multitrillion-dollar stimulus package to provide the resources to fight the current coronavirus surge, to provide for the unemployed and underemployed, to keep small businesses and small farms afloat, to fund state and local governments and schools, and to organize and implement the distribution of the vaccines that are vital to ending the current crisis.

What the United States does not need is a massive corporate bailout that allows the wealthiest and most powerful businesses in this country to avoid liability for actions they take that sicken and kill Americans.

Unfortunately, that is what Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his minions have been battling to include in a new Covid-19 "relief" package. And key Democrats could end up going along with the grim reaper's ghoulish scheme as he again uses federal legislation to insulate irresponsible CEOs from accountability—and, conveniently, to reward the business interests that fund Republican campaigns.

Exploiting the sense of urgency over the peaking pandemic and the prospect of what President-elect Joe Biden refers to as a "long dark winter" for working families,…
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