Okay, folks … these are not snarky snippets … these are full-blown, out-and-out rants. I’m fed up with certain members of our government and …
I strongly object to corporate bailouts during this pandemic crisis. People who don’t have millions stashed in overseas accounts or investment portfolios ought to be the sole focus of any and all bailouts that use our tax dollars. Last month, numerous industries including the dying coal industry received stipends from our government, using our money, so that the CEOs wouldn’t have to dig into their own deep pockets. Now, the auto industry comes crying to us with their hands held out.
Auto sales are down. Duh … gee, really? There’s no place to go, so why buy a new car. Besides, nobody has money for non-essentials at the moment … we’re all trying to figure out how to pay the rent and buy food to feed our families, not how to afford a new overpriced Chevrolet. So, why is it our problem that the Big Three aren’t making money right now? We’ve got enough problems of our own without having to spend our money to put money in the pockets of rich dudes!
The argument is that massive losses could leave workers unemployed and stall any economic recovery. No, those automakers aren’t going to close their factories permanently just because they’re losing money now, and if we bail them out now so that their CEOs can still take their summer vacations, what happens then? Do they keep making more cars that they can’t sell? Shut the damn factories down until people can afford to and have a desire to buy cars, stupid! It isn’t rocket science!
And meanwhile, on the other side of town …
Democrats in Congress want to increase food stamps by 15% in an effort to help families who are running out of food. They claim that a similar move during the Great Recession reduced hunger and helped the economy. But, of course, the republicans would prefer to spend our money to bail out the auto industry, airlines, hotel industry and fossil fuel industry than to actually help people who need help.
Bah Humbug to you, too, Scrooge McConnell & Co.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) that Trump has refused to help out unless they raise their rates, which would hurt every single person in this nation, now has a new Postmaster General. The former Postmaster General, David Williams, resigned last week due to the meddling by Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, that led to the loan Congress had already approved for the USPS being held up. The newly appointed Louis DeJoy is a North Carolina businessman who is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He just happens to be a top donor to Trump and the Republican National Committee. What a surprise, eh?
Trump’s ongoing feud with the USPS is largely tied to his hatred of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also the owner of The Washington Post, a newspaper that calls Trump on his lies and pulls no punches when it comes to reporting on the madman at the helm of this ship. So, let me sum this up for you. Because Donald Trump is a lousy president, and certain media outlets call a spade a spade, hold his feet to the fire when he screws up (daily), and because one of those outlets is owned by a man who also owns a company that mails millions of packages to We the People via the USPS, Trump has installed a sycophant to raise postal rates which will cost us all. Amazon will pay more to ship our packages, and they will pass that cost right on to We the Consumer. This, friends, is not about the best interests of this nation, this is greed and revenge of the sorry excuse for a human being that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Bah Humbug to you, Donald Trump and Steve Mnuchin, you greedy little weasel!
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie … once given kudos by members of both parties and the people of New Jersey for his wise and humane responses to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, gets no kudos today! It seems that his view on the value of a human life has changed since he threw his lot in with Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, da Gov had this to say …
“Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can ― but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?”
To what end, indeed? To what end does the Secret Service continue to protect Donald Trump and his family? Why bother … just accept the inevitable.
And then … then he had the unmitigated gall to compare the coronavirus pandemic to World War II …
“We sacrificed those lives. We sent our young men during WWII over to Europe, out to the Pacific, knowing, knowing that many of them would not come home alive. And we decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life. In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”
Not even close to an apples-to-apples comparison! More like a coconut-to-lasagne comparison. Bah Humbug to you, Bridgegate Christie!
Does everybody who comes into contact with Donald Trump just lose both their brains and their humanity? It sure seems like it. Okay, I’m done ranting for the moment … be thankful you don’t have to live with me!