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Friday, July 31, 2020

The United States just suffered its worst economic quarter in nearly 75 years. Mr. Trump and his aides waited until the 11th hour to engage Democrats over expiring unemployment benefits that have been a lifeline to millions of workers, and Democratic leaders have dismissed his last-minute proposal to temporarily extend them. The Republican-led Senate adjourned Thursday for a long weekend with no action on COVID-19 relief.

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Why should he worry? Rich people are doing OK and that's all Rs worry about.

#1 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-07-31 11:29 AM | Reply

The president's approach to the negotiations over another round of federal stimulus for the ailing economy has confounded economists, lobbyists and lawmakers, who say they are baffled by Mr. Trump's apparent lack of urgency to nail down another rescue package that he can sign into law.

The economic rebound Mr. Trump still boasts about has stalled as virus cases reach records and states reimpose lockdowns. Labor Department data released on Thursday showed that new unemployment claims had risen for the second consecutive week, and that the number of continuing claims was also increasing. On Wednesday, the chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome H. Powell, warned the nascent recovery that was underway in May and June was sputtering.

The president's strategy to help the economy "is hard to decipher," said Michael R. Strain, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute who has urged Congress to provide more aid to people, businesses and hard-hit state and local governments. "It seems to me there isn't a clear strategy to support the economy right now coming from the White House."

Mr. Trump, he added, "is just misreading how bad the economy is, and how hard of a shape workers and families are in right now."

It's simply mind blowing that Trump and the GOP seem to be ignoring the monster that their intransigence is about to release upon America. Or perhaps in Trump's malevolent mind, he sees a benefit. Wherever the truth lies, millions upon millions of our fellow Americans are about to face the most trying period of their lives be they young or old.

With the pandemic unemployment stipends poised to end and along with them the already passed eviction moratorium, many of our neighbors and friends are not only facing potential homelessness, they are facing homelessness in the middle of a pandemic demanding that people not mass, but separate in order to limit the virus' spread.

Trump and the GOP are about to unleash millions of desperate citizens into our cities and streets fully in survival mode, who will likely do whatever it takes in order to survive. This is simply the worst possible time for the worst possible passivity and abdication of social responsibility. But in a nutshell, that reality defines both Trump and the congressional GOP.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-31 11:33 AM | Reply

My idea is that Trump and the GOP understand that they are being chased out of power this year and so therefore don't see why they actually have to care about or help anyone.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-31 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump, especially, punishes anyone that does not love him. He's been the perfect master of the Burn the House Down crowd. The only consolation is that a lot of their houses are burning down, too.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-31 11:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They will run the same play they did with Obama.
Come January of 2021 it will all be someone else fault and "conservatives" will re-emerge as indignant "strict constitutionalists", "economic majors" and newly minted expertise in virology

Their favorites like the national review and other ideological comfort reads will eagerly share opinions whining about the deficit, concern over the constitution, COVID, the economy and jobs while raging at the slow pace of recovery

I expect in the next few months there will be another swindle run on the American people similar to GW's "compassionate conservatives" did in the end of 2008, but worse.

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2020-07-31 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If free markets and entrepreneur innovation are the way,why are they pumping trillions into equity markets? Seems to me that they are corruptly choosing winners and losers to their own potential benefit.

Political leadership does not exist in a vacuum. If the SHTF hard enough,their own lives could be at risk too. Do they have the foresight to know this?

I doubt it. Just because something has not happened before doesn't mean it can't happen.

Everything is new under the sun.

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-07-31 02:14 PM | Reply

If the USA isn't being run by a room of servers and their algorithms within 20 years, I'll be surprised.
Arguing about Unemployment checks is so 20th Century.

#7 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-07-31 05:55 PM | Reply

I think Dotard thought that waiting until the last minute would strengthen his bargaining position and allow him to load up the bill with a lot of his personal interests like the FBI HQ building and more money for the military to replace the money he's stolen for his border fence, so he can steal that too. I bet if you dig into their bill further, you'll find more tax cuts for rich people and money for landlords like he and Kremlin Ken and breaks for real estate developers. The GOP knows the Dems are eager to help poor and working-class Americans, and would likely agree to some of these outrageous GOP demands in the compromise bill.

The Dems passed their bill out of the House weeks ago, and yes it's big, but it's not weighed down by pork the way the 66% smaller GOP bill is. I really don't think the GOP cares. They see the writing on the wall and appear to want to crash the economy as hard as they can so that Dems spend the next four years digging out. Then the GOP can spend that time complaining about how slow the recovery is, and they can run in 2024 asking if you are better off than you were under the height of Dotard's gift economy thanks to President Obama.

Orange Adolf has already pulled his ads down in Michigan, and I read they're on an ad spending freeze for the entire campaign while they reassess. They're likely doing a forensic accounting to see how much Parscale has embezzled. They're going to find that he's been feeding wheelbarrows full of cash under the table to Combover Quisling and his family.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-07-31 06:19 PM | Reply

When you can easily and consistently fool the rubes there is little need for concern.

#9 | Posted by snuffy at 2020-07-31 08:52 PM | Reply

Here's a horrible thought.

Suppose Trump does have a plan.

Suppose Trump's "plan" is to go full authoritarian before November 3rd?

What's there to stop him?

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-31 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here's a horrible thought.

Suppose Trump does have a plan.

Suppose Trump's "plan" is to go full authoritarian before November 3rd?

What's there to stop him?

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-31 09:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

The only thing there has ever been to stop him, people in the streets, the courts that still work, Dems in Congress and the few GOPers with a spine, though I noticed every GOPer the media asked about his postpone the election tweet lobbed that hand grenade right back at him.

#11 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-07-31 10:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans had 10 WEEKS (!) to work with Democrats.

It's all on the GOP that we find ourselves - after the Senate 2 week recess and now gone for the weekend - where we are.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-31 10:42 PM | Reply

Democrats in the House passed their bill 10 WEEKS ago. McConnell waited until the last minute - after a 2 week Senate recess - to even address these pressing needs.

The House bill includes needed aid to localities, states, schools, the USPS, and UI recipients.

Millions of people are going to be up the creek without a paddle next week. WTG, GOP!

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-31 10:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

AU

" McConnell waited until the last minute "

Obviously begging Trump to help him save those 23 GOP seats up for grabs. Now he's on the ropes and so are those 23 Senate seats ~~ one of them his.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-01 04:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As long as the Fed keeps propping up the stock market the Republicans are fine, let the country starve, they don't give a crap. But if the Fed stops propping up the stock market you will see bills in Congress with astronomical amounts of money in them to bail out the 1%. We actually do need a revolution in this country, to raise taxes on the richest with the only deduction available is job creation or wage increases. Until the difference in wages between CEOs and average employees changes to a ratio like 15:1 we need punitive taxes on the wealthiest 20% of our citizens.

Eventually, even the dumbest among us will realize FDR had it right, Reagan was a demon who ruined America.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-01 07:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#14

They are already blaming the dems for failure to pass the one week extension of unemployment and it will work. They can sit on their hands then propose half arsed measures knowing they will be rejected and then fox and sinclair will tell the viewers Republicans tried to pass assistance but Pelosi and Schumer blocked it because it didn't have liberal pork in it. The viewers will eat it up.

#16 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-08-01 09:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

All of the Trump Cult, from the poorest regular citizen to the highest elected official, are all-in on this. They will, as the election gets closer, begin to present as "Crazy as a SXXthouse Rat." This when they'll be most dangerous. Please be careful.

#17 | Posted by john47 at 2020-08-01 02:24 PM | Reply

It figures the demented bunker bitch would golf today to celebrate an economy that's as dead as Herman Cain.

#18 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-08-01 06:47 PM | Reply

Now, the Trumpublican plan has become - to make the pandemic surge as much as possible by election day to further suppress in-person turnout. So the mail-in and absentee votes can be invalidated, delayed, returned for insufficient postage and lost or vandalized. Count on it.

Trump will not leave until a million are dead.

#19 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-08-02 02:28 PM | Reply

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