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 …
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.
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 …