These days so much is wrong in this country-that-I-once-called-home that it’s hard to confine my snark to simple snark without taking it into a full-fledged rant, but I shall try …
AG Barr wants you … to die!
The not-so-honourable U.S. District Attorney Bill Barr is threatening to sue states that are trying to protect their citizens. Yep, you heard me right. Said Barr in his two-page letter to the 93 U.S. Attorneys …
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”
WHOA … Back it up there, Billy Boy!!! Then just how in the Sam Hell is it that Donald Trump, that ‘man’ you said was above the law, was able to suspend the U.S. Constitution to give himself additional powers that would have our Founding Fathers clutching their heads as they rolled around in their graves??? So, our state government doesn’t have the right to keep us safe, but Trump has the right to incite riots, to siphon funds earmarked for other causes to his abominable ‘wall’, and he stands in front of television cameras broadcasting to at least 50-60 people and says he has “total authority”?
My recommendation for Mr. Barr is that he pick up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and actually sit on his fat ass and actually read the thing … all 8,000 words!
As much as I am a fighter, as much as I chafe at being ‘told’ or ‘ordered’ to do something … yes, a stubborn wench I am … I still have a bit of common sense that says if Trump/Barr have their way, every bloomin’ one of us will end up with the coronavirus by the end of June. Some will survive, some won’t. Laura Ingraham made the statement a few days ago that death is just part of life. In other words – oh well … as long as she and other shallow-minded people can go back to shopping and getting drunk in bars, what are a few million lives?
No doubt this directive came from the fool in the Oval Office, as he is chomping at the bit to get everything “opened back up”, thinking that the economy will just pick right back up where it left off in early March and he can toot his horn and win the election in November. Ain’t gonna happen. It will be years before the economy fully rebounds … hopefully long after Donald Trump is naught but a little urn of ashes sitting on Melania’s dresser.
Time to put ol’ Mitch out to pasture …
As I noted yesterday, Trump is playing a game of “pick-and-choose” over which states should receive federal aid, the criteria being whether they play nice with Trump, praise him and agree with him in all things, or at least pretend to. But the idea actually started last week with none other than the cruel Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. McConnell suggested that the states should just go bankrupt if they run out of money after paying billions in unemployment claims, and more billions to treat coronavirus victims. Well, McConnell’s idea didn’t go over so well with most anybody, including his own fellow republicans in both the House and Senate.
The governor of Mitchie’s own state, Kentucky, even stood up to him … that takes some guts and Governor Beshear deserves a round of applause! New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put it in context …
“Don’t say state and local. Say what the state and local governments fund: police, fire, teachers, hospital workers. Funds small business but also fund police, fire, school teachers, and hospital workers. How can you exclude them when you’re talking about priorities?”
Priorities, indeed! Funny, isn’t it, that McConnell is all too willing to fund a worthless wall on the southern border costing hundreds of billions of dollars, but he’s not willing to help struggling states keep their public schools open or police, fire and hospital workers on the job. Methinks ol’ Mitchie has outlived his usefulness in Congress, for he has forgotten that PEOPLE are the priority, seems to have forgotten that the government exists for the PEOPLE! I do sincerely hope that Kentuckians have the good sense to put Mitch McConnell out to pasture this November … it is long past time!
Return to ‘business as usual’? I think not
I saw this brief snippet in the New York Times this morning:
China’s Factories Are Back. Its Consumers Aren’t.
The manufacturing giant is once again turning out steel and cellphones. But job losses and pay cuts have left its people reluctant to spend — a problem the U.S. and Europe may soon face, too.
I have said the same a few times in recent weeks. You can open a business, produce a product, but in these times of uncertainty, the wise and sensible among us aren’t going to rush out and buy, buy, buy. This is one of a few reasons that Trump’s plan to get everything opened up and running full steam isn’t going to work. First, one doesn’t just snap their fingers and all of a sudden restaurants have plenty of food, factories have all their raw materials and workers in place, ready to fire up those assembly lines. It doesn’t work that way. But even once the factories are rolling out new gadgets and the restaurants have turned their sign to “Open”, the customers will return slowly … very slowly.
People have been out of work, living on unemployment which is, at the most, about 66% of average income. People are still frightened of catching the coronavirus which, as medical experts are telling us, will be a valid concern at least throughout the summer. And people have seen from the past two month’s experience that … anything can happen. The sensible will start beefing up their savings rather than spending money on non-essentials such as dining out, new clothes, new appliances.
Nope, folks, there will be no quick return to ‘business as usual’, no matter how much Donald Trump, William Barr, and the foolish gun-totin’ protestors would like it to be so. All they are doing is putting more lives in danger.
I haven’t done a cartoon post for quite a while, nor am I likely to anytime soon, for frankly even the great talent of the political cartoonists cannot make me find anything humorous about life today, but here’s one that I at least grinned at …