183 days. That’s how many more days Donald Trump has to complete his destruction of the United States. 183 days until January 20th, 2021, the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Can we withstand the onslaught that is increasing in cruelty and utter stupidity? Can we retain a shred of our sanity for another 183 days? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind … the answer is blowing in the wind.
There is so much on which I could opine today, but I’ll keep it to a couple.
Relief for whom?
First … Trump insists that the coronavirus relief bill currently under construction in Congress must have two things, else he will veto it: a payroll tax cut, and measures tying school funding to the reopening of classrooms. A payroll tax cut??? Who will that help? I’ll tell you who it will help … employers! Large corporations will benefit the most. You, the average worker, will benefit only slightly, and those who are currently unemployed will not benefit by so much as a single penny! Additionally, the tax cut would be only a deferral, meaning that taxpayers will ultimately be held responsible for repaying whatever money they save this year. Think about the unemployed worker who does not benefit but is employed when payback time comes and must repay what he never received! And, at the end of the day, there’s that pesky little fact that the U.S. is so far in debt that there is no chance in hell of us pulling out of it in our lifetime, and this will further decrease revenue.
As for tying school funding to the reopening of physical classrooms … bullshit! In essence, Trump is saying point blank that the children of this nation must become the sacrificial lambs in order to boost his re-election chances. Period. I sincerely hope that every school district in this nation remains closed for the safety and lives of our children. Short of that, I hope that every parent gives Trump a middle finger and has the courage to refuse to send their children, that every teacher refuses to teach, and that every bus driver refuses to drive. Already in Florida, one teacher’s union is suing Governor DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran for an order insisting that all schools must be open five days every week. Florida is in the throes of one of the worst surges of the virus in the nation … in the world … yet the children will be sacrificed so DeSantis can bow to Trump’s demands.
Even the republicans in Congress are against both of these measures, yet I am told that they will likely include them in the bill, just to keep Trump from vetoing it. There is, of course, another option … write the bill with We the People in mind, leave out Trump’s bloody ‘demands’, and pass it with a veto-proof 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate. C’mon, republicans … find your damn cojones and do what’s right for a change, instead of what Trump wants. Just once, remember your oath of office! You let us down on February 5th … don’t let us down again!
Resumption of b.s.
Remember those almost completely useless briefings Trump held on a daily basis for a time, ‘til he got bored with the coronavirus and fed up with his experts giving advice he didn’t like? Surely you remember him saying he thought that injecting household disinfectant into the human body would cure the virus? Well, I said all along they turned into naught but a campaign rally for him, for he spent much more time patting himself on the back and lying about what a great job he had done than anybody spent actually talking about the virus. They were basically useless, a waste of time, and most of us were relieved when he stopped them. Well, they’re coming back starting today.
Why? Because his poll numbers are dropping … have dropped … Biden is leading him by a fairly healthy margin, and he can’t get out and hold the big rallies that have been his trademark. Tulsa was proof that people actually care more about surviving than paying homage to Donald Trump, and some states are refusing to allow him to hold rallies at this time. So, what better way to get his campaign message across than a daily briefing covered ad nauseam by every major news outlet? He’s already said he doesn’t care about the virus, about the surge in cases … and deaths … that he believes the virus will just disappear on its own someday. So it isn’t about that … it is only about Trump and his re-election campaign. I wish there were some hope that the mainstream media would boycott his daily briefings, but they won’t … they are as intimidated by him as his staff are. You and I may boycott them, but others, notably his fan base, will sit in front of their televisions drooling for the hour or two he spends rambling on about himself. Bah humbug!
Rumour has it that his staff tried to dissuade him, likely realizing that every time he opens his mouth he digs his own grave a little bit more with the sane people in this nation, but his lead bimbo, Kellyanne Conway, said …
“I just think the people want to hear from the president of the United States.”
WRONG, Kellyanne … dead wrong. We the People want to hear less from Donald Trump … in fact, if he never opened his mouth again, I’d be happy.
Well … I still haven’t talked about Trump’s threat to essentially declare martial law in cities across the nation … only the ones “run by liberal democrats”, as he tells it. And I still haven’t covered the de-funding of the CDC and reduction of funding for testing, and the plan for Trump to replace Justice Ginsburg … while she’s still on the bench! But, it’s late and I’ve ranted enough for now, so those will wait until later.