President Donald Trump appeared completely at ease Wednesday as he threw his support behind a gargantuan Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Bill – a bailout package for the U.S. economy filled with more pork than a Bob Evans’ warehouse thanks to Democrats’ immoral, high-pressure tactics, which amount to nothing less than blackmail of the American people.
That Democrats would use an economic crisis as leverage to gain political favor is not surprising. This is, after all, the party of free college and free healthcare. What is inexplicable is why President Trump would tout the size of this bloated bill of champagne dreams and caviar delusions as some sort of grand achievement.
Yes, the stimulus bill, which is still in its final stages of negotiation, will get money to American workers and companies. It will also extend unemployment benefits and provide more than enough liquidity to establish a floor for this economic freefall.
In addition, Republicans managed to wrangle an “employee retention” tax credit that’s estimated to provide $50 billion to companies that retain employees on payroll and cover 50 percent of workers’ paychecks. Companies would also be able to defer payment of the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax.
Legislators also made provisions for $100 billion in direct aid to health care institutions battling the crisis; more than $4 billion to health agencies; $200 million to help nursing homes cope with the challenge; $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund.
These are all positives that are worth funding.
But thanks to the immoral tactics of Nancy Pelosi and her equally-criminal colleagues, American taxpayers are also being coerced under duress to foot the bill for Progressive wet dreams that have absolutely nothing to do with the current health and financial crisis.
Here’s a shortlist of the grisly, low-grade pork that’s contained in this “historic” stimulus:
- $400 million in election assistance to help states expand early voting and vote-by-mail options (That’s code for “make it easier for illegals to vote.”)
- $25 million to support the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
- $350 million for migration and refugee assistance.
- A $600 boost in unemployment benefits included in the bill could allow people to make more money with unemployment insurance than they would in their current job, incentivizing them not to work. Sen. Graham called this out on the floor of the Senate, but Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the system couldn’t be designed quickly to customize it for Americans with different pay.
Thanks to the hard work, diligence, and patience of Republican lawmakers, the most egregious aspects of the original bill – including onerous emissions standards for the airline industry and diversity requirements for corporations – were scrapped, but valuable time was lost in the process.
Why did the President allow Democrats to exploit a national crisis and hold the American people hostage for nearly a week? Why isn’t he calling them out for egregious abuse of power at a time when many families are struggling to put food on the table?
Democrats have all the sympathy in the world for immigrant families and kids in cages, but struggling Americans who have been stuck in limbo for a week? Not so much.
Sorry, Mr. President, but the enormity of this stimulus bill is nothing to celebrate. It’s not an accomplishment; it’s a tragedy.
This stimulus bill is not a “win.” Democrats bent Republican lawmakers over a barrel and had their way with them as a soulless Nancy Pelosi, who mercifully left her leather dominatrix outfit at home, cracked her whip on the American taxpayer’s butt.