Let me just start by saying one thing: No, Donald Trump, you have not done a great job. Thanks to your bungling and mismanagement, the U.S. is quite possibly in the worst shape it has ever been in. Thanks. It speaks volumes that a number of television networks are editing or refusing to air Trump’s daily bragging sessions, otherwise known as ‘updates’ or ‘press briefings’ because they say he is providing too much misinformation.
Yesterday, the House passed and Trump signed the “Coronavirus Aid Package”, aka bailout bill, aka emergency stimulus package. The U.S. government doesn’t actually … have … $2 trillion … to spend, being $23 trillion in debt (this works out to approximately $69,696,969.69 worth of debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S.), but Donald Trump has always used other people’s money to do what he wants, so that’s nothing new. But, let’s take a look at that ‘stimulus package’ and what’s actually in it:You’ll notice that big corporations are getting almost as much as individuals. Funny that, for the CEOs of the big corporations have plenty of money … in fact, they should be giving us money instead of the other way around. And you’ll also notice that education was just an afterthought. Close all the schools with no advance planning, no guidance or direction, and then throw them a biscuit.
But the thing I want to talk about today is that $339.8 billion for state and local governments. Or rather, the strings attached to that money.
- Trump demanded that governors show deference to the administration during the coronavirus crisis, saying, “I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job.”
- Trump has sparred with a handful of Democratic governors who are asking for aid and medical equipment to help combat their coronavirus outbreaks, most notably Jay Inslee of Washington and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. On Friday, he called Whitmer “the woman from Michigan” and said “she has no idea what’s going on.”
- Trump implied that he believed Vice President Mike Pence shouldn’t call them if they did not show the proper appreciation. “You know what I say? If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said.
I ask you, friends, is this the sort of person you really want leading the nation in a crisis (or at any other time, for that matter)? It isn’t Trump’s money … it is our money!
I remember a time when my children were little, and my son wanted something at the store that I couldn’t afford. I explained to him that I did not have enough money to buy it for him, and he responded, “But mommy … you gots a checkbook!” He was probably 3 or 4 at the time, so it was understandable that he did not understand the concept of banking and money. Donald Trump is 73 years of age and doesn’t it just seem like he should have figured this all out by now?
Another aspect of this ‘stimulus bill’ is that democrats insisted on a newly appointed Inspector General who would provide oversight in the disbursement of funds, especially the loans to businesses. The democrats intent was to ensure that Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin could not abuse the bailout fund. They feared that Mr. Trump, who has previously stonewalled congressional oversight, would do the same when it came to the corporate aid program.
Now, however, Trump is claiming that he can and will ignore the oversight provision. Two hours after signing the bill, Trump issued a statement saying that as president, he can gag the special inspector general for pandemic recovery, known by the acronym S.I.G.P.R., and keep information from Congress.
“I do not understand, and my administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the S.I.G.P.R. to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required.”
Checks and balances??? Congressional oversight??? Not for Donald Trump. This, folks, is the behaviour of a dictator. This is a Putin or an Erdoğan. This is not in any way, shape or form, in accordance with the foundation of law in the United States, the Constitution.
In light of his authoritarian ways, his unconscionable lust for power, and his complete disregard for the laws of the land, it is more imperative today than ever before that this ‘man’ be removed from office. It is more crucial than ever that we have a fair and honest election on November 3rd no matter what.