Fresh Off The Snarky Press …

Okay, friends, I am having a case of snark overload tonight so hold on to your hats.

He can’t do that … except he did it anyway

“Our Constitution doesn’t authorize the president to act as king whenever Congress doesn’t legislate.” – U.S. Representative Justin Amash

When Congress was unable to resolve their trillion-dollar differences over a pandemic relief bill before the weekend break, Donald Trump decided to take matters into his own hands, bypass Congress, and dictate law via executive order and “presidential” memorandums.  For the record, he does not have the constitutional right to do this.  Period.  And what he has done will no doubt be challenged in the courts first thing Monday morning.  However, lest you think he was attempting to do something good for the people of this nation, think again.  Let’s look at just one of the four elements of his dictums.

He would cut payroll taxes through the end of the year.  And he proclaimed that if he is re-elected, he will make the payroll tax cut permanent.  This move fails … fails miserably … to help any but the wealthy.  Payroll taxes are paid by the employee and matched by the employer.  HOW, then, does this help the unemployed???  Hint:  it cannot and does not.  Now, if you’re the average worker, this might actually save you $5-$6 per week, but it will save your employer hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. But more importantly … understand what those payroll taxes fund … they fund Social Security and Medicare!  So, you save a few bucks a week, and when you retire in a few years, perhaps you’ll get enough in Social Security to buy a loaf of bread and a bag of dried beans each month!

Trump has long wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare but was stymied in his efforts.  So, he obviously sees the deadlock in Congress as his opening to do the dirty deed and make it appear that he is helping people in this time of crisis.  For the record, when Trump demanded this payroll tax cut be included in the relief bill, both democrats and republicans rejected the notion.  Finally, something both parties could agree on!

The real tragedy here is that so many have failed to educate themselves or to listen to the experts, to pay attention to the facts, that they are likely to fall hook, line, and sinker for Trump’s spin on this.  Once again, his ‘policies’, if they can be called such, will hurt the average person, help only the wealthy, and yet his base will praise him for helping them.

None of the dictums he signed are likely to fly, however his base will give him kudos for trying, and his wealthy donors will cheer in hopes of seeing their own fortunes grow even more.  That was all he really wanted anyway … something to bring his sagging poll numbers up.  If he cared one whit about the people of this country, he would not have run for president in the first place.

Friday night massacre …

“America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office.” – Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics

I recently wrote about Louis DeJoy, Trump’s recent appointee to the position of Postmaster General, who has begun the destruction from within of the United States Postal Service.  On Friday night, DeJoy took another step, firing or ‘reassigning’ some 23 postal executives and a number of other staffers within the USPS in what has been dubbed a ‘Friday night massacre’.

Earlier on Friday, more than 80 members of Congress sent a letter to DeJoy expressing “deep concerns” about operational changes he has made for mail carriers that have delayed deliveries and lowered standards.  And now, he has effectively expelled the very people who had experience within the USPS, centralizing power around himself … a man with zero experience within the postal service and whose only qualification for the position was the major donations he has contributed to both Donald Trump and the GOP.  The letter reads, in part …

“It is vital that the US Postal Service not reduce mail delivery times, which could harm rural communities, seniors, small businesses, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail for critical letters and packages. Eliminating overtime and directing postal workers to leave mail on the floor of postal facilities will erode confidence in the Postal Service and drive customers away, resulting in even worse financial conditions in the future.”

The United States postal service has never been more critical than it is today, for a number of reasons.  In this time of a major pandemic where more than a thousand people are dying every single day, many of us rely on the USPS for timely delivery of life-saving medications.  Twice in the past month I have experienced serious delays in receiving such medications.  And of equal importance, due to the pandemic, a large portion of the people in this nation plan to rely on voting by mail in November’s election, which means we must be able to trust the USPS to do its job in an efficient and timely manner.  The way things are right now, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mr. DeJoy announced on October 25th that the USPS would be taking a ten-day break, shutting down completely until after the election.  “Not possible,” you say?  Really?  Think about that one for a bit … how many things were unthinkable 4 years ago that have since come to pass?

I have still more, but I will save it for this afternoon’s post.  Until then …


17 thoughts on “Fresh Off The Snarky Press …

  1. oh by the way, you guys should be happy that trump did this regarding the payroll tax, it helps the poor the most. And as for the scaremongering that the democrats have done since Reagan was in office about the ridiculous, ludicrace and totally false claim that the republicans are one step away form taking social security away, though it is true that the payroll tax does fund this, congress could easily and would take money from somewhere else to ensure that the program doesn’t go away, so again these arguments fall flat. Nice try though.

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    • Agreed. You’d think the top priority would be those people who are in danger of losing their homes, who may not be able to afford groceries. But, in the minds of some republicans in our government, those people, rather like the elderly, are dispensable. Sigh.

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  2. The Queen of Snark is Red-Hot today and justifiably so!! I was just thinking this morning, yet again, that I long for those days of the past when the priority of the day was (after starting a pot of coffee) to check the weather report. Now it is “The Week : 10 Things You Need to Know Today” and Heather Cox Richardson’s synopsis of the previous day via “Letters from an American”. Total aside here, but Cox’s is excellent today! Those, of course, are followed by Filosofa’s Word…dependent upon your content 😉 and when each arrives amidst the inbox. Were Zantac still available, taking a hefty dose would be the first priority before reading any news. As it is not, Tums are relied upon…but most often it fails to sufficiently conquer the rising acid attacks from within my enraged being! Forgive my prolixity, my Propensity for Loquacity can and does become annoying in short order. The only comment by myself that need be added to this post : Spot-on and love the cartoon! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you, ma’am!!! Oh, I do share your longing for those days or yore when we knew the nation was in good hands and we could actually start the day without checking to see if it was even safe to get out of bed! That said, I am honoured to be on your start-of-the-day list! I love your P for L and never find it to be annoying! Please keep up the P for L, for I look forward to it!


  3. when obama made executive orders regarding daca, something he at one time said that he couldn’t do but did anyway, you guys never raised even the remotest protest about this. He has his pen and his phone and made plenty of executive decisions during his 8 years as president so stop with the hipocrasy already.

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  4. Good post. I am frustrated by Congress’ failure and sent a note to more than a few Senators and Congressman. I will post it this afternoon, but here it is:

    “I am disappointed that Congress has failed to reach a decision to help people. As with any communication problem, it is the fault of at least two parties, so the president’s attempt to blame only the Democrats is just more posturing than fact. Please find a way to make a deal. Americans are hurting and the president does not have the authority to do what is needed.

    I am big believer we must deal with the debt, but the hypocrisy of the Freedom Caucus and others astounds me. They had no trouble in voting for a $1.5 trillion tax bill when it helped the wealthy and businesses at a time when we should have been reducing debt with a pretty good economy. So, we wasted that debt cost to make a pretty good economy a little better for a little while. Now, we need to help people.

    Is the Democrat request to high? Likely. Is the GOP insistence of helping employers escape liability an insensitive move? Likely. A payroll FICA tax cut is not the answer as it won’t be as accretive to the economy as extended unemployment benefits. People with jobs will save more of the money and pay down debt, but those without income will spend it.

    I beseech you to get back to work and do your job. It needs to be done in the right way and not left to a perception-focused and autocratic bent president. We cannot give any president more power than they have, but especially this one.”

    Please feel free to use. The president is all about perception which is what this executive order is. He does not have authority, but he will try to win a PR war. Yet, as per usual, he did not do his home work and their many kinks in what he announced. When people find out he wants to do away with Social Security, that is a justifiable fear for many.

    Yet, we should not stop pressuring Congress to get off their duff and do their job. Keith

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  5. Start putting Trump’s paychecks in the mail. Yeah, those paychecks he is not cashing, or caching. And all his Repug politician buddies’ paychecks too. See how long it takes to save the USPS.

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