Yesterday I wrote about Trump’s purges and how he has been removing those tasked with oversight of his administration. Then this morning, I awakened to the news that members of the coronavirus task force – and their deputies – are barred from testifying before Congress unless they get special permission from chief of staff Mark Meadows.
A memo to congressional staff directors said this restriction on testimony also applies to the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and State. It decrees that committees are limited to no more than four virus-related hearings this month. According to the memo …
“Given these competing demands in these unprecedented times, it is reasonable to expect that agencies will have to decline invitations to hearings to remain focused on implementing of COVID-19 response, including declining to participate in multiple hearings on the same or overlapping topics.”
NO, it is not ‘reasonable’ to expect that the committees overseeing the spending of $2.3 trillion of our tax dollars cannot be bothered to tell Congress where that money is going!!! 🤯
And now, we come to the truth of the matter … the real reason Congress via its committees, and therefore We the People, are being kept in the dark. From the great manipulator himself …
“When you see all these committees, seven or eight committees, we haven’t even started, and they have all these committees looking for trouble, just looking for trouble. Every enemy I have is put on a Democrat committee.”
No, Donnie, not every enemy you have is on a committee, for I am not on any committee, yet I am most certainly your enemy.
Remember, folks, that it is our money that is being spent. We already have proof that at least $50 million intended to help small businesses went to fossil fuel companies with links to Donald Trump and his cronies. $28 million went to three coal mining companies, all with ties to Trump officials, and the other $22m is being paid out to oil and gas services and equipment providers and other firms that work with drillers and coal miners. In other words, WE have spent at least $50 million to help kill the environment that we depend on for life. Rather like hiring a hit man to kill us.
How much more of our money has been misappropriated, or will soon be, without congressional oversight? It is the duty of Congress to oversee the executive branch, the president and his minions, and yet, Trump has effectively tied their hands. Will we continue to put up with this bullshit, or will we vote the son-of-a-bitch out of office in November? I know my answer.
Meanwhile, in Russia, it is reported that three doctors, each of whom had complained about shortages of medical supplies and being forced to work despite testing positive for coronavirus, have fallen out of windows … two died and the third, Dr. Alexander Shulepov, survived, although he has a fractured skull and is in critical condition. Any bets on his chances of recovery?
Prior to his ‘fall’, Dr. Shulepov and a colleague, ambulance paramedic Alexander Kosyakin, had published a video in which they complained about their boss forcing Shulepov and his colleagues to continue working together even after his positive test result.
I suppose the only logical conclusion we can draw is that Russian doctors are very clumsy, eh? Let’s just hope that American doctors who speak out don’t contract this clumsiness syndrome.
Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, with 22 years of military experience, was an analyst on Fox News until March 2018 when he resigned, calling the network a “propaganda machine” for the Trump administration and accused the network of “wittingly harming our system of government for profit.” On April 25th, Anderson Cooper interviewed Lieutenant Colonel Peters and what he said mirrors much of what my own thoughts have been … and still are. Take a look …