New Stimulus Checks: Barbara Corcoran Slams Mark Cuban's Expiry Date Idea, Favors Long-Term Relief – News Bitcoin News


New Stimulus Checks: Barbara Corcoran Slams Mark Cuban's Expiry Date Idea, Favors Long-Term Relief

Famous investor and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran has criticized Mark Cuban’s “use it or lose it” approach to the second round of stimulus checks for Americans. She also shares her thinking on what’s more important than one-time direct payments.

Second Stimulus Checks and Extended Unemployment Benefits

Barbara Corcoran, the American investor famed for building a real estate empire with just a $1,000 loan, has spoken about stimulus checks to help Americans through the coronavirus-led economic crisis. She is also a star of the ABC television show “Shark Tank,” a multi-Emmy Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show.

Recently, her Shark Tank co-star Mark Cuban said a second stimulus package should give all U.S. households a $1,000 stimulus check every two weeks for the next two months. However, there is a catch — recipients must use that money within 10 days. Cuban believes that this requirement will promote spending and help keep businesses open.

Many people, including Corcoran, disagree with Cuban’s stimulus check suggestion. Commenting on her co-star’s idea of giving people a stimulus check with an expiry date, she told CNBC Make It last week:

Unlike Mark, I don’t think a ‘use it or lose it’ approach is the way to go because it promotes unwise, quick spending. People should spend money on essentials first like food, rent and monthly credit card bills vs new TVs.

Corcoran emphasized that she supports a second round of stimulus checks. “I do think another stimulus package is useful to shore up folks hardest hit, especially those who have lost their jobs,” she said. However, the real estate guru believes that it is even more important for Congress to extend unemployment benefits. She explained that stimulus checks are “not nearly as important as extending unemployment benefits that give a boost to those who need it most.”

According to CNBC, experts agree with Corcoran that boosting unemployment benefits will help mitigate financial hardship long-term and would help the economy recover more effectively than one-time checks.

Last week, the House passed the $2.2 trillion revised Heroes Act which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced on Monday. It includes another round of $1,200 direct payments to U.S. households. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been trying to come up with a compromise on the stimulus bill. On Friday, President Donald Trump said he tested positive for coronavirus and urged Congress on Saturday to pass a much-needed stimulus package to help Americans. So far, Democrats and Republicans have not been able to come to an agreement on a relief aid package, and time is running out to get one passed before the November presidential election.

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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