Stop This Madness!!!

Donald Trump is playing games with the lives of the people in this nation.  He is like a child who will destroy anything in sight if he does not get his way, but instead of the stakes being some toys or even a few broken dishes, the stakes are human lives.  We the People are being treated as pawns on a chessboard to be toyed with on a whim.

Finally, after months of back-and-forth, Congress managed to come together to produce a spending bill to fund the government until October 2021.  That bill also contains a nearly $892 billion stimulus bill to help the people of this nation survive the economic consequences of the pandemic that is and has been far more devastating than it would have been, had Trump acted with conscience at the beginning of the year.  Or at any time during the year.  The bill also extends the moratorium on evictions, extends supplemental unemployment, and much more to help people and small businesses survive.  It passed both chambers of Congress with a veto-proof majority.  Trump has neither signed nor vetoed it.

President-elect Joe Biden issued a statement yesterday …

Statement by President-elect Joe Biden on the Need to Sign the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill

It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority.

This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits. In just a few days, government funding will expire, putting vital services and paychecks for military personnel at risk. In less than a week, a moratorium on evictions expires, putting millions at risk of being forced from their homes over the holidays. Delay means more small businesses won’t survive this dark winter because they lack access to the lifeline they need, and Americans face further delays in getting the direct payments they deserve as quickly as possible to help deal with the economic devastation caused by COVID-19. And while there is hope with the vaccines, we need funding to be able to distribute and administer them to millions of Americans, including frontline health care workers.

This bill is critical. It needs to be signed into law now. But it is also a first step and down payment on more action that we’ll need to take early in the new year to revive the economy and contain the pandemic — including meeting the dire need for funding to distribute and administer the vaccine and to increase our testing capacity.

In November, the American people spoke clearly that now is a time for bipartisan action and compromise. I was heartened to see members of Congress heed that message, reach across the aisle, and work together. President Trump should join them, and make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in this holiday season.

Trump claims to want far larger coronavirus relief checks for individuals and major reductions to the foreign aid budget and other spending he has deemed wasteful, even though he was fully aware all along what the provisions of this bill would be.  His own Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, was the very one who demanded the payments to individuals would be only $600, despite Democrats arguing for $1,200.

If Trump vetoes the bill, Congress will need a 2/3 majority in both House and Senate to override the veto.  Based on the votes for the bill, that wouldn’t be a problem, but … at least a few Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham, who voted for the bill have now said they would not vote to override Trump’s veto!  Cowards!!!  Spineless jellyfish!  (My apologies to any jellyfish who might be reading this … that was an unintended insult to jellyfish) It is well past the time that the damned Republicans in Congress act like representatives of the people of this nation instead of Trump’s puppets!  It is past time Republicans put human life ahead of their own financial interests, most of them being far wealthier than any of us to begin with.

If Trump does nothing, as I am told he has been advised by the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, the clock will run out on January 4th, one day after the current 116th Congress expires.  Bills die if they are not enacted during the Congress in which they are introduced.

If either of these two scenarios transpire, the bill will be dead, and it would be left to the next Congress and President Biden to try to pull together an entirely new bill.  Meanwhile, people who lost their jobs during the pandemic will suffer as unemployment insurance for more than 14 million expired yesterday and the protection against being evicted will expire on December 31st.

Additionally, the U.S. government runs out of money at midnight Dec. 28. If this battle is not resolved by then, Congress must either pass its fourth stopgap funding bill since last September or federal agencies will not have money to fully operate beginning December 29th.  In that case, tens of thousands of government workers could be furloughed, and programs interrupted. If Congress does pass a temporary bill, Trump would have to approve it, or the shutdown begins.

What Trump is doing is pure, unadulterated evil. He has no right to the position of power that he is in, has no right, in fact, to call himself a human being.  I call on the Republicans in Congress to look around to see if they can find both their conscience and a pair of cojones and STOP THIS MADNESS!

42 thoughts on “Stop This Madness!!!

  1. There seems to be no evil this “man” will not stoop to. I feel so sad for all the American people suffering because of his actions and I look forward to the president elect taking over. He will have some job fixing the mess left behind by the orange alien, but I believe he will do his best.

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    • I agree … every time I think he has hit rock bottom, he finds a new low to which he can sink. 23 more days until we once again have a President, but remember — the elements that put Trump into office … those 74 million people who actually voted for him last month … aren’t going away anytime soon, and they will make Biden’s job even harder than it would otherwise be. Some of the mess Trump has made may never be reversible. Like you, I believe Biden will do his best, and I think he will make a positive difference, but he’s going to have a tough road ahead.

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  2. I appreciate your rant … but I think many (most?) of us long ago recognized that Trump is out for himself. Period. Every action, every decision, every word that passes through his (an__-shaped) lips is designed to benefit HIM.

    I would not be surprised if everything came crashing down …

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    • Every time we think he couldn’t possibly sink lower, he does, always giving me something new to rant about! I see he signed the bill last night, after a number of congressional Republicans urged him to because they were being inundated by calls and letters from their own constituents! See … all those calls and emails sometimes make a difference!

      Not much would surprise me in the next 23 days, I think. Sigh.

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT AMERICAN CITIZENS!! … “What Trump is doing is pure, unadulterated evil. He has no right to the position of power that he is in, has no right, in fact, to call himself a human being. I call on the Republicans in Congress to look around to see if they can find both their conscience and a pair of cojones and STOP THIS MADNESS!”

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    • Many thanks for the re-blog, sweet friend! I see he did finally sign the thing last night, under duress from other Republicans whose own constituents were writing and phoning them in anger! See … those calls and letters do sometimes help! ❤

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      • But e cost needy people one check. And the companies won’t pay sick leave to employees infected with COVID. They will have to continue working and spreading the virus more!!
        Ans, we’re supposed to be thankful? Something is better than nothing? I’m so pissed!! Arrgghh …. tight hug!! ❤

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  4. He is INSANE!!!! I can’t believe that the Republican Party is still enabling him! Yes, it is “MADNESS!” He has got to be put in prison!!!!! I’m praying that the Attorney General of NY will ultimately take he and his family …down! He has to be held accountable! Mitch McConnell. and his cohorts… should also be charged with TREASON!!!! McConnell is the Master Puppeteer!
    Nero played his violin, while Rome burned. trump plays golf, while people continue to die from Covid! He has blood on his hands and pure evil in his heart!!!!! Meanwhile, he is spending the day at his golf course!
    Hope you are well! It is unusually cold here in Cape Canaveral. Missing New York! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday! Prayers and Wishes for a Peaceful, Happy & Healthy New Year! 💙

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    • Yes, by our standards he is insane, for he cares about nobody and nothing but his own comfort and wealth. The rest of us can die, if that’s what it takes to ensure his stature/place in the world. That said, he did sign the bill tonight, averting yet another disaster. But, with 23 days left to go … the possibilities of his lack of conscience are limitless. Sigh.

      Yes, I miss NYC more often than not these days, especially being stuck in a “red” state against my will! Take care, my friend … just 23 more days!!! Hugs! ❤

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  5. Thank you for your awareness of jellyfish. As for Trump, he is a species unto himself, and he has no kinship to homo sapiens, or homo-anything, other than homo-ugly. (Or, as I like to put it repuglycan!)

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    • Ha ha … as I wrote that sentence, I could hear you admonishing me for insulting jellyfish, so I added the disclaimer! As re Trump … sigh. I will not even attempt to survive another year under his reign of terror. Thankfully, it is highly doubtful that I will have to.


  6. Jill, if he had cared at all, he would have been active in the process from the get go. But, this is not new as he likes to throw monkey wrenches in at the end – he disrupted the NAFTA revisions that it took eight more months to get it done, when they were about to sign a deal. And, of course there is his reneging in the afternoon on the $25 billion for his wall for legalizing DACA deal after agreeing in the morning. This is grandstanding by the outgoing president to embarrass Republican legislators and endear himself to his followers, which is my guess. His history shows a lack of good faith dealing on many issues.

    Get a deal done. Then work on the next one. Keith

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    • Well, he finally signed the bill tonight, under duress from his own party, as I understand it. But no, he doesn’t care. If we all died tomorrow, as long as there was still someone for him to boss around, someone to fix his meals and clean up his messes, he wouldn’t care one whit. Yes, get a deal done … get rid of the obstacles, including the fat ignorant one … and then move on toward re-building the nation. Sigh.


      • Jill, what is interesting about this process, other than the grandstanding by the OP, is he hurt his own party. He made them look foolish by not backing what they worked out with his Treasury secretary and the Democrats. I can assure you, when bosses do that, it shows the team their efforts are not important. Keith

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        • Maybe, but it seems to me that he made himself look the most foolish, for he knew ahead of the bill landing on his desk exactly what was in it. Mnuchin kept him apprised, and much of what was in it was at his ‘demand’. So, to me, he looks like the biggest fool, though the republicans in Congress run a close second. I think that you and I, coming from the business world, see the word ‘teamwork’ differently than Trump does. He truly is not a capable businessman, for in his world, it is all about one person — himself. His demands for loyalty would test the will of anyone, but he gives no loyalty or even compassion in return. He would throw his own children under the bus if he stood to gain from doing so.


  7. Very true, Jill. This behavior has passed just meanness and crossed over into insanity and evil. He has left a big black splotch on the Office of the Presidency. Members of his own family are on the run away from him. I read they had to change where they had intended to live as neighbors don’t want to see them move back. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Indeed, my friend, what Trump has done goes far beyond the usual end-of-term political posturing and into the realm of pure evil. Tonight, under duress from his own party, he finally did sign the spending/stimulus bill, but I have no doubt this isn’t the end of the depravity he intends to unleash on us over the next 23 days. No, the people of Palm Beach do NOT want the Trumps to reside at Mar-a-Lago, and with good reason. I doubt he’ll be satisfied to stay there long anyway. Perhaps a better home for him would be Leavenworth?


  8. When you allow a madman to reign unchecked, you can’t be surprised when he goes on the rampage.The Republicans must take responsibility for their creation and should apologise to every person in America for letting him get away unimpeached.. They have damaged the Country and showed the lack of integrity their bought politicians have. Roll on the 45th President.

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    • Quite so, though there are still some 74 million people in this nation who apparently cannot see that he is a madman, cannot see the swath of death and destruction he is leaving in his wake. By all rights, the Republican Party should cease to exist at this point, for they, too, are responsible for the death and destruction of a nation and its people, but those who are wearing blinders and rose-coloured glasses continue to support them. Instead of the apology you say we should be getting, we are being slapped in the face on a daily basis. I suspect that this nation will never fully recover from the damages we have suffered under this megalomaniac. Sigh.

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    • In one sense, we became a banana republic the day Trump took office. The people voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of nearly 3 million votes, but because certain states went for Trump, he won the prize. We further cemented that image when he ordered children to be taken from their parents and kept in unsanitary conditions, raped and otherwise abused by federal agents. Insult was added to injury when he refused to ‘allow’ any in his administration to honour subpoenas and testify before Congress, and those in his administration feared him too much to disobey. And now, he has placed the straw that broke the camel’s back by refusing to accept the results of a fair and honest election that he lost, and ‘punishing’ the people of this nation in more ways than the one noted in this post. Sigh. Let us hope that it isn’t too late for incoming President Joe Biden to re-build our respectability in the world, to regain the trust of the people of this nation, and to begin to heal the wounds that divide us. Sigh.

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  9. Sadly it will only stop when President Elect Biden becomes President Biden. Until then you are suffering the longest and most undignified, mean-spirited, nasty rant by a sore loser ever.
    As I say Obama was the 44th President of the USA.
    There was then a freak of the voting system and a fellow of mediocre character, no responsibility or integrity sat in the Whitehouse proving himself unworthy to the mature calling of the task.
    And the 45th President of the USA will be Joe Biden.

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    • Sigh. ‘Tis true … but I fear what more he will destroy in the next 24 days. I hear whispers and rumours … I hope none come to pass. You’re right … we have not had a president since President Obama left office in 2017. We will have again soon.

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          • Nothing that Trump has done cannot be undone. In terms of the class of leader he inhabits he is low down the table like most of them when things don’t go their way he has a tantrum but the mess can be cleaned up.
            As I have said countless times, it is not Trump, it is those who put him there and the division between the two sides.

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            • Well … in some context that’s true, but … his irresponsible bungling of the pandemic has cost human lives that cannot be brought back, so in that sense, no it can’t be undone. And some of the drilling and mining he has allowed that has nearly decimated species of animals. But, other things such as our international relations and climate priorities can be re-built, but it will take time. Maybe decades in some cases, and my fear is that the republican party will put someone in office who, like Trump, won’t give a damn about the things that matter and we’ll be back to square one again. Sigh.

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              • I agree that the handling of Covid was bad, but Covid is something which is challenging even the best of governments so Trump in that case was just another idiot.
                The important tactic and this is a overlooked by his detractors too is to treat him for what he was. He came along at a time when a substantial portion of the nation was looking for someone who was the very opposite of the progressive forces of equality and tolerance. At any earlier time he would have not have made the top five in the race. As I say, again and again, he is a creation of others.
                He is not unique, he has not re-defined the political landscape, he is not a force of nature or anything else. He is a small creature with a loud mouth who was out there. He is a nothing, a child of a reactionary feckless era; not the firm one is the USA’s history.
                Have done with him.
                Watch out for the next.

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                • You are so very right that he is a creation of others, and that is one of the things that costs me sleep at night, for even when he is gone, those others will still remain. I fear that next time they will find a candidate to meet their needs who, on the surface, is all the things Trump is not: human, intelligent, human, decent, human, and conscientious. I think I’m ready to have done with the whole lot of them! Sigh.

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                  • This is a challenge every nation (or empire) will meet in its history. The natural inclination is for folk to have things their way and impose that on others, be it by violence or social change.
                    This election signalled that there is a great divide within the USA. How this pans out in the near future has yet to be seen, probably more of the same vitriol for a while.
                    In the long term the indications are there will be a separation of states. As the saying goes ‘A house divided…..’


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