Angst-Driven Snarky Snippets

One can hardly live in this nation today without feeling a need to vent a certain amount of snark on a near-daily basis.  My ‘Snarky Snippets’ feature started out as a one-off, just a few things that were driving my angst back in January 2018.  Then, it became almost an every week thing, and now, it’s multiple times a week.  In truth, it could be a daily feature, but I do try to find other things to write about as well.  At the current level of incompetence in our federal and state governments, though, I won’t be surprised if the snark boils over soon.  I warn you, my snark is deep and cutting today.


Uncle Mitchie strikes again …

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) There are worse pictures of him.Mitch McConnell is back in the news (when you can find some actual news, that is).  He has been personally reaching out to judges to sound them out on their plans and encourage them to give up their seats on the various courts in the nation.  Why, you ask?  Because, he wants Trump to appoint, and the Senate to confirm, as many conservative judges as possible in the next 10 months.  The judges being contacted by Mitch and other republican senators are conservative judges … those nominated under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Sr., and Bush, Jr. … who will likely reach retirement age within the coming decade.

What this tells me is that McConnell & Co are fairly certain Trump will be ousted in the November elections, and retiring judges will be replaced by more moderate, fair judges.  Is his interference legal?  Well, in our government today, anything that the republicans do is legal, but is it moral and ethical?  No, it is not.  It is yet another example of the far right’s determination to turn the federal government, including the courts, into an anti-democratic regime.

Somebody ought to make Mr. McConnell sit down and read the U.S. Constitution, read how the Judicial branch of our government is to be independent and non-partisan.  Better yet, vote him out of office on November 3rd … please, Kentuckians, do this for your own sakes, and the sake of whatever is left of this nation by then.

McConnell


Speaking of the Court …

The Supreme Court has decided to put their docket on hold for the foreseeable future, due to … what else … coronavirus.  Apparently, life is to be put on hold “indefinitely”.

Isn’t it convenient, though, that three of the cases that were on the docket being delayed pertained to granting the U.S. Congress access to Donald Trump’s financial records?  The cases, involving Trump’s objections to demands from House committees and a New York grand jury, were scheduled to be heard on March 31.  Now postponed indefinitely.

The court said it plans to remain open for official business and is maintaining filing deadlines in all cases.  Am I alone in my confusion here?  They’re open for business, but won’t be hearing cases?  At the risk of sounding like a moron, will the Justices continue accepting their pay?  The pay that those of us who work for a living provide to them?  It’s rather like an average employee saying to their boss, “I’ll come here every day, but I won’t do my job.”  How long do you think that employee will have said job?


Do the math …

The Federal Reserve has now reduced interest rates … to zero.  This is what Trump has been whining for them to do for months now, and in light of the stock market plunges, Chairman Jerome Powell caved.  The ploy was intended to re-ignite consumer confidence and keep the market from tanking any further.  It didn’t work.  It couldn’t have worked, and I’m disappointed that the people who are supposed to be so smart, far smarter than you or I in matters of the economy, thought for a single minute that it would work.  And even if it had worked, even if the market had re-bounded, it was a stupid, stupid move.

Think, if you will, for just a minute about this.  The United States national debt is more than $23 trillion.  Trump, in all his ignorance, cut the U.S. revenue significantly in 2017 when he demanded, and Congress caved, a tax cut for the wealthy, ensuring that some of the nation’s most profitable businesses pay zero in income taxes.  WHERE the Sam Hell does our government think we’re going to get the money to do such things as pay the military, pay our elected officials, or anything else???  Think about your household budget … if you quit your job, and you have no savings, you cannot pay your bills.  You will lose your home, and be living on the streets, begging for food.

We should all demand that the salaries of every federal official in a decision-making role, such as judges, members of Congress, cabinet members, and most definitely the president, should cease, effective immediately, and until further notice.  We cannot afford to pay these people who are making the most disastrous decisions for our future (or lack thereof).

This would be a good time for some of those millionaires and billionaires to say, “Hey, you know what?  The government is bankrupt, but I’ve got plenty of money.  Let me just use my vast riches to help the poor people who have been laid off, to help people who are struggling to buy food, pay their rent, etc.”  Yeah, right … don’t hold your breath for that to happen.  Somehow, the wealthy will find a way to profit from this, while the rest of us will never recover from the financial impact.

Oh, and by the way … this just in … the U.S. airlines are asking the federal government for $50 billion to compensate them for lost revenue during this crisis.  How much do you want to bet they’ll get every bit of it?  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.


And, to end this post with some small bit of levity …

tp

36 thoughts on “Angst-Driven Snarky Snippets

  1. Here it is into the first hours of St. Patrick’s Day and I find myself sipping a rather nice wee goblet of Japanese Plum Wine. A more generous goblet of Bailys Irish Cream will be savored following the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner along with a delectable slice of Irish Cream Cheesecake! Given the present hour, it is finally safe to address these angst-driven snarky snippets without fear of destroying my celebration of Act Happy Day or finding myself in a state of Un-Wellderlyness. I had easily maintained my happiness from the early morning act of staring in the mirror at the vaguely familiar stranger staring back at me and the 15-second belly laugh that followed the recognition of that stranger. Actually, it took an initial 15 seconds to recognize the stranger as myself prior to the 15-second belly laugh! No matter, both of us laughed and the endorphins were off and circulating. However, later this afternoon after coming upon this post amidst my inbox and reading the words Angst-Driven and Snarky as written by the Queen of Snark, I knew opening it must be delayed else my Happy would surely rapidly dissipate. My premonition was well founded indeed! Happy evaporated as soon as I spied Mitch McConnell’s face and I had not even begun reading yet!! Next up is the Supreme Court, also known as Trump’s other White House staff, postponing indefinitely and I am now snarling. I had already heard about the Federal Reserve’s reduction of interest rates to zero earlier today or I might be been roaring with rage. Thankfully, the cartoon at the end of the post prompted a smile and a bit of laughter…mayhaps my Happy, though diminished, has endured! Thank-you!

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    • Japanese Plum Wine, eh? Now that’s a new one on me. The Bailey’s, however, is one of my favourites, albeit a rare treat due to the cost! I am so sorry, my dear friend, to have wrecked your happy mood. In truth, I tried to find some upbeat news to report, but … I found not one shred. I guess these simply are not upbeat times. However, I had an email with two pictures of an adorable young leprechaun earlier that made me smile … bigly!

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  2. OMG,Jill! You just keep getting better and better. I wonder if they would put us in charge of the governments payroll! I could give them all something to think about! But first, how do I get a job like that where I get paid for doing nothing!
    I just showed your post to the CNA on my floor and she was laughing her way down the hall. We both love the toon! It hit a lot of people where they store their brains for a change! Oh, my new friend is joining the battle to get twitchy Mitchy out of there! He’s Republican because it suits his present need but could only win office the first time by running as a Democrat! Too many have forgotten !
    💘

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    • Heh heh … thank you, my friend! You gave me my second smile of the day! If we were in charge of government payroll, only the hourly workers would get a dime! I am truly happy that your CNA enjoyed my post and also that she is now on the “Dump Mitch” bandwagon! Amy McGrath looks better all the time! I wasn’t aware that Mitchie had ever run as a democrat! Fascinating! Just like Trumpie, who has changed parties 5 times in the last 20 years or so. Have a great day, dear friend … hurry and get the heck out of that place!

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      • I sure am working on that! Surgeon released me today but have to be released by idiot doctor at nursing home now! I might have ticked him off last Saturday when he invaded my room without telling me who he was! He started telling me about the work I had to do to get better and since he obviously had not read my chart started talking about how much walking I had to do! Since I had already walked close to 450 feet I kinda made a remark about doctors who make snap decisions based on averages rather than asking the PERSON how they were doing! Might have suggested he be sure the door didn’t hit him on the way out. At that point he pulled out his stethoscope and checked my b/p which had probably risen substantially! That was my first clue that he was the doctor!

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        • Ha ha ha … You and I are soooo much alike, my friend! Did he even realize you have MS??? I would have said much the same to him, so … I’m proud of you!!! 👍👍 That is one of the reasons I HATE most doctors … they do not see or treat the PERSON. For them, we might as well be chimpanzees with a numbered tag ’round our necks. I hope you get home SOON!!! Love You! ❤

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          • Not sure what he knew about and don’t care ❤! Got a letter from Humana today informing me that they will decline further treatment after Sunday so the team that was supposed to meet with Mike and me eight days ago now have to show up and sign my release papers tomorrow! If they don’t show this time I will tell them I am making them responsible for paying any further bills incurred here! Might also suggest they find me some clothes to wear also. Happy newsg

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  3. At 0% interest, I think we’ve lost our buffer against recession. Hopefully the economic downturn will be short-lived, and they’ll ratchet the rates back up soon.
    Strangely, Trump sounded somewhat reasonable today. He even praised the media. I hope this new demeanor of his will last longer than his next tweet.

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    • Exactly. The economic downturn, I think, will have far-reaching ramifications, especially now that many states are closing all restaurants, leaving a significant portion of the working force out in the cold. We will not, in fact, rebound any time soon, though the numbers may be manipulated to appear that all is well. Be wary. As for Trump’s demeanor … he was well coached. Don’t worry … the real Donald Trump, the one who chants “Lock her up” and calls the media “Enemy of the People” will return soon enough.

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  4. Jill, a few thoughts to ease the angst:
    – Trump gave himself a 10 for his handling of the coronavirus; when the BBC presenter told this to a medical doctor, he said he would give him a 10 out of 100.
    – the Fed should stop listening to Trump – he is not supposed to pressure this nonpartisan board, he is unqualified as he is far less a financial expert than he thinks, and his mission is self-serving. The stock market is reacting to the panic approach that is Trump.
    – McConnell cannot go to the bathroom without it being political. At times he is worse than Trump as he knows precisely what he is doing.
    – we need to stop the tax breaks at $23 trillion on debt. If they do one, it needs to be temporary like Obama did with the 2% of pay FICA reduction. What is needed most is money for unemployment for the temporary laid off. Restaurant, retail, hotel employees are getting hammered.

    Keith

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    • Hah! I’m surprised that medical doc didn’t say 10 out of one million! The Fed … my jaw dropped, for thus far, Jerome Powell has resisted Trump’s pressure. What is different this time? Obviously, the ploy failed miserably, and now … we have nowhere to go … no cushion to fall back on. What a foolish move it was. My friend … I don’t think there is a cure for this angst. I’m sure you know by now that the primary in my state, that was scheduled for today, has been cancelled by Governor DeWine, even after a judge ruled that he had not proven cause and had waited to late. I am seeing shadows, perhaps, but … I think there is more at play here than the desire to protect people from exposure to the coronavirus. Sigh. I cannot seem to find a smile today.

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      • Jill, a leader should convey, calm and truth. As conservative pundit David Brooks said the other day, we want a leader to say – here is the problem and here is what we are going to do about it.

        Trump exudes a self-centered panic. The market is not reassured. Keith

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        • You’re so right … I’m almost wondering if at some point in the last 3 weeks, some of his cabinet haven’t considered invoking the 25th Amendment? Surely some republican Senators must be wishing they had decided differently when they had the chance.

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          • Jill, those Republican Senators fully opened Pandora’s Box. As for the $1,000 check, I would rather see them make the unemployment easier, larger and longer during this duration. $1,000 not much in the scheme of things. Paying for COBRA as Obama did would also help. But, it would also be nice if Trump and the GOP stopped trying to gouge the eyes out of the ACA. If the ACA is ruled unconstitutional due to the sabatoging efforts of the GOP, that will be a damn shame. SCOTUS would be making the decision, but it is directly due to the GOP efforts and voters need to remember who did this. Keith

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            • I am 100% in agreement with you on the $1,000 cheque. We certainly don’t need it, and if we receive one (or two) I will immediately donate them to the local food bank. But, how many people will get them, not need them, but keep them anyway? It’s foolish! Like you, I’d rather they be used to beef up unemployment and COBRA for those who are suddenly laid off ‘until further notice’. Sigh.

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  5. I tried to coin a new word t’other day, but once again my plans have been foiled, though the word seems to have no reasonable regular definition. The word is contruth, and should literally mean “contrary to truth,” or “contra-truth.” But it doesn’t, yet. When it comes to people like DJT and his ilk, I define it as “any lie presented as truth, used to con those who are willing to believe the lie.”
    Trump loves to use contruths, and he doesn’t care who knows it.

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  6. There’s enough snark to go around for everybody Jill. I’ve never felt this snarky, to be honest. Trump is more worried about the stock market than anything else. He can’t shut up. He has to be the center of attention. Just go away Donnie boy…..Please, for the sake of the country. I think you’d see the market rebound if he stepped back from all of this. The market wants to see results. They want to see this crisis under control. Him coming out there every day is a losing proposition. Let the damn experts handle it and shut up!!

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    • Like you, my friend, I have never before had such a build-up of snark. It isn’t healthy, but I cannot help that. Yes, Trump sees the stock market, which tanked again today, as his only ‘claim to fame’, even though he had nothing to do with it and it is not the sole indicator of the economy. Now that the Fed has lowered interest rates to zero, now that the “jobs added” number for March will be written in red, he must surely see his boat sinking. Trouble is, he will throw us all under the bus if he can, in order to stay in office. I truly do wish either he would come down with coronavirus or somebody would do the world a favour and shoot him. Sigh.

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      • I notice they’re floating an $850b bailout stimulus today. Funny isn’t it? Socialism for the rich? Socialism for the corporations? They have no problem begging the government and threatening to go bankrupt. Universal health care? Sorry, that’s socialism. Free or reduced tuition? Sorry, can’t afford it. Makes me sick.
        That being said, I do realize the calamity we’re in. I guess it’s inevitable. But they better make the American people whole…FIRST. The thing that bugs me most is the airline industry. They’ve spent billions on stock buybacks over the past three years…..why not keep some of that money aside for something like this? Is that too simplistic on my part? Or, am I just some crazy communist/socialist Democrat? UGHHHH

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        • Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … I think it’s up to a trillion now. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The government is broke … no revenue and yet the expenses continue. Where the Sam Heck do they plan to find a billion or a trillion??? And now, Mnuchin says they’re going to send every adult a check. WHY??? You cannot simply throw money at every problem!!! Let the damn fossil fuel barons and the airline CEOs figure it out … they’ve got enough money between them to stop world poverty, but do they do anything positive? Nooooooo … If you’re some crazy democratic commie, then so am I, for I feel just as you do. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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          • Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … I think it’s up to a trillion now. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The government is broke … no revenue and yet the expenses continue. Where the Sam Heck do they plan to find a billion or a trillion???

            That won’t be a problem. They (the Republicans) will just demand that the Democrats fix it when they are in power — and that they fix it without raising taxes.

            We have heard this song many times.

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            • Indeed we have heard this one before. And then, when the democrats do what must be done to fix it, they get the blame, so the republicans are ushered back into office to break it again. I’m thinking 2007-2008 financial crisis as the most recent example. Obama never got credit for stabilizing and even growing the economy, but he got the blame for everything he did that people didn’t like. Plus, he even got blamed for the crisis which happened under Bush’s watch!

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          • It’s such a double standard Jill. You know if this were a Democratic President, he or she would be vilified for a trillion buck stimulus, just like Obama was in 2008. The Hypocrite Party strikes again!!

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            • You’re so right. Sigh. I’m so sick of them all. You’re onto something with that name, though. GOP stands for ‘Grand Ol’ Party’, and there is nothing grand about them these days, so let’s rename them HOP, for “Hypocritical Ol’ Party”!!!

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