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People walk by restaurant outdoor patios in Manhattan, New York City, August 14, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
Progressives argue it is ‘rational’ for people to sit at home if the government pays them more than would an employer. This is an argument for losers.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Saturday, my wife and I took our kids to a local restaurant that has mediocre food and a poor selection of beers but makes up for it by featuring a bunch of vintage arcade games and enough TVs to show every sporting event in the world at the same time. It was absolutely packed — so packed, in fact, that the waitress told us before we ordered that the food and drinks might take a little longer than usual. Saturday, she explained, was supposed to be her day off, but, because the place was so chronically understaffed, her manager

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