Any impartial observer would be forced to admit that Trump’s first concern is himself. Doesn’t that make you proud of him? Come on now you can’t deny it with his recent absurdity demanding that his name appear on the checks that are being sent out to the American people as if he was the one who was giving out the money rather than the people having their money returned to them. What is it about the guy that he demands this?
It was reported: “The decision to have the paper checks bear Trump’s name, in the works for weeks, according to a Treasury official, was announced early Tuesday to the IRS’s information technology team. The team, working from home, is now racing to implement a programming change that two senior IRS officials said will probably lead to a delay in issuing the first batch of paper checks.”
I suppose it goes along with the stunt he pulled when he was signing the two trillion-dollar stimulus bill. The bill originated in the House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats; it passed through the Senate with almost all the senators, both Democratic and Republican voting for it. One would expect as a sign of appreciation he would make the barely magnanimous gesture of giving credit to all those who brought it about. Yet you can’t even expect that from him. He only had Republican lawmakers at the signing. Such a pity during a time of a national emergency he is still playing politics.
Then there were the news conferences on Monday and Tuesday. Or Monday he indicated that he was some sort of king. Is this what you want from a president? “The president of the United States calls the shots. [The states] can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.” Since when?
That a pretty looney-tunes statement, I’m sure you’ll agree. But it gets worse. Trump goes on to say, “When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total and that’s the way it’s got to be. … It’s total. The governors know that.” He sounds like Putin, or Mohammed Bin Laden but not like any other president in the United States who served in that office.
But it gets worse. The following day after seeing how wrong he was in his assertion of total power he backed down. He tries to cover up his retreat with a lot of babble saying something to the effect that he is giving his permission to the governors to open their states to business when they see it appropriate to do so. So you’d think from that Trump had imposed the stay at home order in the first place. If you thought that you would be wrong.
Earlier this same guy said he had no authority to order all the states to issue stay at home orders under the Constitution and it was a governor’s decision. If that was the case he certainly has no authority to tell them open. So how in the matter of a couple of weeks does he do a 180 degree turn; or even worse on one day tell us he has total authority and the next indicate he doesn’t have any.
He’s trying to get the economy back up and running so he’s pushing the governors to do that. Of course there are some who never shut their states down. Aside from those he will first get the cooperation from some of the toady Republican governors but as the health experts tell us they are walking into coronavirus minefields.
As if that’s not bad enough we now see he’s like a fire chief who gets a call that there’s a fire at Charlie’s Clever Cuts Hair Salon but won’t send out the fired engines to fight it because he’s in a dispute with Charlie over the haircut he got the last time he was there. So, Trump got a beef with the World Health Organization. The time to address it is not when the fire is raging but later. Only a total moron would cut off funding to the WHO when it’s in one of the biggest fights of its life against the worldwide spread of coronavirus.
Yes – he’s doing a banged up job –