GOP Congressman Warns Young Americans Are Developing 'Bailout Mentality,' Says Country Must Get Back to Work

Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck lashed out at the Trump administration and the Coronavirus Task Force for the "craziness" of shutting down businesses last month. He recently doubled down on criticism of the $2 trillion stimulus relief package, saying state governors don't care if the federal government goes into more debt.

Buck, who is also the chairman of Colorado's Republican Party, said young Americans are developing a "bailout mentality" as he and Randy Corporon, the host of Saturday's Wake Up With Randy Corporon, chastised Congress and the Trump administration for "writing a blank check" to keep the lockdown economy afloat. Corporon and Buck ripped the "so-called stimulus" for now amounting to trillions rather billions of dollars while there has been "no consideration" for how millennials and Generation Z will face unemployment and staggering debt for decades to come.

"No consideration at all to the long term, and I mean decades long-term, consequences to indebting our kids and our grandkids to those massive sums of money all at once," Corporon said to Buck Saturday on the former's radio show. "There's no consideration at all, certainly it doesn't get into Dr. Fauci's mind when he talks about the 'inconvenience' of literally shutting down the world for now weeks and weeks and weeks."

"If we put a group of people together as opposed to a Dr. [Anthony] Fauci or a Dr. [Deborah] Birx [of the White House Coronavirus Task Force], if we put a group of people where we'd have this discussion about how the suicide rates are going to go up, how with unemployment increases -- are we going to get those people back to work?" Buck replied. "What are we doing to young people who see the bailout mentality that we are developing in this country?"

Buck acknowledged "it is a serious problem and people are dying," but he added, "there are other ramifications for the strategy that has been adopted." Neither Corporon nor the congressman discussed the previous 2008 taxpayer bailout of the country's largest banks, the current plan's bailout of the airline industry or the trillions of dollars young Americans hold in student loan debt.

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Neither Corcoran nor the GOP congressman Ken Buck discussed the previous 2008 taxpayer bailout of the country's largest banks or the trillions of dollars young Americans hold in student loan debt. MICHAEL CIAGLO / Stringer/Getty Images

The congressman also co-wrote a Saturday op-ed in the Washington Examiner, questioning if Drs. Fauci and Birx are "hurting" the U.S. by encouraging a shut down of businesses as the government tries to halt the spread of coronavirus. The GOP congressman honed in on Fauci describing the shut down of U.S. businesses as "inconvenient," saying that particular word illustrates his lack of caring for "self-imposed economic destruction."

Newsweek reached out to Buck's office Sunday for comment. Buck was among a small pocket of Republican members of Congress to publicly decry the CARES Act, which Trump went on to sign. Kentucky GOP Congressman Thomas Massie also offered objection to what he depicted as a massive government handout with little to no oversight.

Last month, the Windsor, Colorado Republican told The Denver Post it's "craziness" that the federal government is allowing states to completely shut down restaurants and other businesses for 30 days. "I have no problem with (stopping) sporting events or things that don't impact our civil liberties and don't impact everyday life. Those are things that I think we can suspend for a period of time. But it's just craziness to shut down businesses or parts of the economy that are absolutely necessary ... you don't shut down restaurants for 30 days."

Buck went on to criticize Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for bailing out rich Wall Street corporations instead of letting average Americans get back to work at their day-to-day jobs.

"Mnuchin is a creature of Wall Street. Every piece of legislation that he has been proposing protects the rich on Wall Street," Buck said. "We need to protect these people who are vulnerable from this disease, and who are put out of work because of the overreaction. Those are the people who we need to protect."