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President Trump has signed a series of Executive Orders to provide coronavirus relief for people in Democrat-occupied America (and elsewhere). Pelosi-Schumer thought they had him boxed in to force bail-outs for Democrat-occupied America to secure government-employee union pensions and pay, to pay for promises to illegal aliens, to make up for tax shortfalls when they shut down productive activity to kill the economy and secure power. But Trump is invoking the “Obama pen” and signing his way to re-election.

Is this a good government and Constitutional rectitude? No, it is not. But President Trump has decided that the Constitution is not a suicide pact; that the Supreme Court (notwithstanding having appointed two justices) is not going to aggressively protect the civil liberties of the people in the age of the Democratic-occupation. And President Trump is trying to manage the Executive with various weights and traps that even is his supposed “allies” in the GOP seem to accept as the cost of doing business in DC.

So President Trump has decided to pet the unicorn. He has set himself up to act in the peoples’ best short-term interest and dared the opposition to sue and stop him (and thus them). He is bringing to life the meme that “They are not really after me. They are after You. I am just in their way.” And that is what voters will come to believe if the Democrats try to stop him.

This is terrible economic policy, it blows a hole in the budget. But in reality, he is only in a bidding contest with other politicians. No one is prepared to engage in fiscal reality. Certainly not at the moment, and likely not ever. President Trump has two goals with this prestidigitation: (1) be re-elected to continue to set national policy, and (2) do his damnedest in the new year to resuscitate the economy to a point that it can service the debt and (maybe, hope over experience) start working on the deficit.

Some may say President Trump is not petting the unicorn, he is riding the dragon. But the Left is already riding a different dragon and just wants to put a foot on top of the debt dragon and ride both. You have your metaphors and I have mine.

What President Trump is doing is not based on good government or fiscal reality. But when “doing the right thing” means being played by the opposition and being complicit in the nation’s destruction, I choose petting the unicorn… At least for the present.

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  1. Bob Thompson Member

    Rodin:

    What President Trump is doing is not based on good government or fiscal reality. But when “doing the right thing” means being played by the opposition and being complicit in the nation’s destruction, I choose petting the unicorn. At least for the present.

    This!

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    • August 8, 2020, at 7:24 PM PDT
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  2. RightAngles Member

    What an amazing guy. He’s already gotten the Democrats to defend Iran, and rioters who set cities on fire, and an idiotic brain-dead groper of females as their candidate, and now they’ll have to take a stand against sending money to people. Hahaha!

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    • August 8, 2020, at 7:32 PM PDT
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  3. Franco Member
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    Great analysis, thanks. 

    I feel like Nancy, Joe and Chuck make me want to be a Republican and Trump makes me want to be a Democrat. Hope that makes sense. Or maybe I hope it doesn’t make sense…

    It is a very cunning plan. He keeps fighting and is very resourceful. The Democrats are going to give all the money away to their people and causes no matter what. So Trump might as well give it away before it’s all gone. It’s like a divorcing couple with a joint bank account. Trump just went and bought a Ferrari, borrowing against the equity in the house.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 7:35 PM PDT
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  4. Bob Thompson Member

    Franco (View Comment):

    Great analysis, thanks.

    I feel like Nancy, Joe and Chuck make me want to be a Republican and Trump makes me want to be a Democrat. Hope that makes sense. Or maybe I hope it doesn’t make sense…

    It is a very cunning plan. He keeps fighting and is very resourceful. The Democrats are going to give all the money away to their people and causes no matter what. So Trump might as well give it away before it’s all gone. It’s like a divorcing couple with a joint bank account. Trump just went and bought a Ferrari, borrowing against the equity in the house.

    I choose this over shelling it out to bail out the Democrat run states and cities

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    • August 8, 2020, at 7:38 PM PDT
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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 8:26 PM PDT
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  6. philo Member

    Rodin: No one is prepared to engage in fiscal reality.

    The very act (i.e. lip service) of such a thing on tbe “R” side has been paper thin since the Bush-Frist era. To pretend otherwise is to harken back to the days of Obama Era Failure Theater Republicanism…also known as loserville.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  7. Bob Thompson Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    The motivation behind the executive orders by Obama and Trump are different.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 8:44 PM PDT
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  8. philo Member

    Rodin: Is this good government and constitutional rectitude?

    Ever since the Corker assisted Iran Deal such expectations on this current ruling class are greatly misplaced. 

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    • August 8, 2020, at 9:06 PM PDT
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  9. JustmeinAZ Member

    But, but, but….where’s my share? I’m retired therefore I don’t have PR tax taken from my income and I won’t get unemployment benefits. I won’t get evicted from my home because I own it. And I have no student loans on which payments will be deferred. No fair (I say whining). (This is a sarcastic comment in case you can’t tell)

    But if it helps Trump get reelected I’m all in.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 10:10 PM PDT
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  10. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    The thing people do not seem to remember is that Trump in his very heart is a Kennedy Democrat. He is an old school liberal of the 60s / 70s style. And he acts like one.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 10:16 PM PDT
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  11. MarciN Member

    I think the American people will very much appreciate President Trump’s intention and attitude. “Why are we taking money from the American people just when they need it the most?” I think it is an outstanding thing for him to do. Most importantly, it turns the nation’s attention to picking up the pieces after this virus disaster. 

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    • August 8, 2020, at 10:38 PM PDT
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  12. Weeping Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    So do I. So I’ll admit that I have very mixed feelings about this.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 12:38 AM PDT
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  13. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    What President Trump is doing is not based on good government or fiscal reality. But when “doing the right thing” means being played by the opposition and being complicit in the nation’s destruction, I choose petting the unicorn. At least for the present.

     

    I agree and share your concerns @rodin… However, there are only 86 days left till November 3 and the stakes are too great to obey the letter of the law.

     

    This is genius move by Trump… He provides aid to Americans who need assistance, makes Chuck and Nancy look callous and feckless… He can say while Democrats were trying to push a socialist agenda and mail in voting fraud, I provided tax relief and financial assistance to Americans hurt by Democratic mayors and governors.

     

    Brilliant ninja move

     

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    • August 9, 2020, at 1:36 AM PDT
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  14. Randy Webster Member

    MarciN (View Comment):

    I think the American people will very much appreciate President Trump’s intention and attitude. “Why are we taking money from the American people just when they need it the most?” I think it is an outstanding thing for him to do. Most importantly, it turns the nation’s attention to picking up the pieces after this virus disaster.

    You mean the government’s going to try to repair the disaster it created?

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    • August 9, 2020, at 2:49 AM PDT
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  15. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    You accidentally typed the words “executive orders, both by Obama and”…

    They forgot that the “going to court” part involves getting the judgement of a Republican-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts who would NEVER go against Obama.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 3:24 AM PDT
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  16. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    It’s not and never has been the way government is supposed to run. And if you had a media that had called out Barack Obama nine years ago about contradicting himself about what you can and can’t do with executive orders, odds are Trump would not be playing the ‘sauce for the goose’ situation now, with EOs going in the opposite direction.

    (You also have the situation where below the presidential level, Democrats have come to expect the bulk of the media to carry their water, so there’s not an independent arbiter anymore that the public trusts to call balls and strikes. Nancy Pelosi tried to bite Judy Woodruff’s head off on Thursday when she did just that on the coronavirus relief bill extension, accusing Woodruff of being some type of GOP stooge for asking why Nancy wouldn’t extend the existing COVID bill and was trying to lard it up when many people were still in need of help.

    In a normal situation, the rest of the press corps would look at Pelosi calling a PBS anchor a Republican stooge and rush in with similar questions, because the premise itself is so absurd. But with the media we have today at too many outlets, they’re instead asking themselves “Why is Judy Woodruff being a GOP stooge?” because they’re not calling balls and strikes. They shared Nancy’s desire to box Trump in with the larded-up bill, to either give the Democrats what they want — including items having zero to do with coronavirus — or face the media spin that Trump wants people who’ve lost their jobs due to COVID layoffs to starve or lose their homes this fall.

    That’s how you end up with a crap EO here, and why much of the media Saturday joined with Democratic leaders in being irate that Trump unilaterally extended the benefits. The benefit extension was the McGuffin — the goal was to have the spin, and they’re irked Trump negated it.)

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    • August 9, 2020, at 4:13 AM PDT
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  17. E. Kent Golding Member

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    The thing people do not seem to remember is that Trump in his very heart is a Kennedy Democrat. He is an old school liberal of the 60s / 70s style. And he acts like one.

    Very True. He is one of the last , possibly the last, of the (Not Teddy ) Kennedy / Truman Democrats. I would prefer either a Reagan or an Eisenhower Republican, but a least the (Not Teddy ) Kennedy / Truman Democrats loved Amerca.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 4:43 AM PDT
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  18. Kozak Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    Maybe if you and your ilk hadn’t helped elect a Democratic controlled House they wouldn’t be necessary.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 5:37 AM PDT
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  19. Flicker Coolidge

    This predicament reminds me of a passage from David Balfour, in which Balfour is talking with Charles Stewart, a lawyer and family member of Balfour’s friend, Alan Breck, on whose behalf Balfour is delivering gold in payment for passage for Breck, a political dissident subject to arrest, out of England and to safety in France.

    It speaks to living with uncomfortable pragmatism.

    [Stewart says,] “Yet I would not have you judge me over-sorely. My case is dooms hard. See, sir, ye tell me ye’re a Whig: I wonder what I am. No Whig to be sure; I couldnae be just that. But – laigh in your ear, man – I’m maybe no very keen on the other side.”

    “Is that a fact?” cried I [Balfour]. It’s what I would think of a man of your intelligence.”

    “Hoot! none of your whillywhas!,” cries he. “There’s intelligence upon both sides. But for my private part I have no particular desire to harm King George; and as for King James, God bless him! he does me very well across the water. I’m a lawyer, ye see: fond of my books and my bottle, a good plea, a well-drawn deed, a crack in the Parliament House with other lawyer bodies, and perhaps a turn at the golf on a Saturday at e’en.”

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    • August 9, 2020, at 5:43 AM PDT
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  20. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Rodin: Democrat-occupied America

    “The chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall.”

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    • August 9, 2020, at 5:47 AM PDT
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  21. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    I think the American people will very much appreciate President Trump’s intention and attitude. “Why are we taking money from the American people just when they need it the most?” I think it is an outstanding thing for him to do. Most importantly, it turns the nation’s attention to picking up the pieces after this virus disaster.

    You mean the government’s going to try to repair the disaster it created?

    Seriously.

    All day long I’m going through this:

    Someone: Ever since covid shut down the….

    Me: NO! Covid can’t shut down anything. Politicians “shut down” the economy. Yer government representatives are destroying Lives with Their policies. Remember that when it comes time to vote. 

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    • August 9, 2020, at 5:51 AM PDT
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  22. Randy Webster Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    Maybe if you and your ilk hadn’t helped elect a Democratic controlled House they wouldn’t be necessary.

    Of course, there’s nothing necessary about them.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  23. Kozak Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    Maybe if you and your ilk hadn’t helped elect a Democratic controlled House they wouldn’t be necessary.

    Of course, there’s nothing necessary about them.

    People still need some relief. The Democrats are using any legislation as a political weapon/ goody bag for their interests.

    So they are necessary.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 6:41 AM PDT
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  24. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I appreciated that yesterday Trump listed all the garbage that the Democrats tried to include in the bill that had nothing to do with the virus. They just want their stuff.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  25. Rodin Member
    Rodin

    Kozak (View Comment):

    People still need some relief. The Democrats are using any legislation as a political weapon/ goody bag for their interests.

    So they are necessary.

    Fifth amendment: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Clearly private property has been taken by government action by these shut-down orders. So Congress’ failure to appropriate funds cannot frustrate the constitutional duty of the government to compensate. One can argue that the states have done the confiscation and not the federal government but this seems to be a moot point since the adoption of the “equal protection” provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

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    • August 9, 2020, at 7:11 AM PDT
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  26. Rodin Member
    Rodin

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Rodin: Democrat-occupied America

    “The chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall.”

    “John has a long mustache.”

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    • August 9, 2020, at 7:14 AM PDT
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  27. PHCheese Member

    Nancy and Chuck U certainly have something in common with Wiley the Coyote.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 7:14 AM PDT
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  28. Bob Thompson Member

    Rodin (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    People still need some relief. The Democrats are using any legislation as a political weapon/ goody bag for their interests.

    So they are necessary.

    Fifth amendment: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Clearly private property has been taken by government action by these shut-down orders. So Congress’ failure to appropriate funds cannot frustrate the constitutional duty of the government to compensate. One can argue that the states have done the confiscation and not the federal government but this seems to be a moot point since the adoption of the “equal protection” provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    The Constitutional ‘guarantee of a republican form of government’ may also come into play here.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 7:30 AM PDT
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  29. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    I *want* the chief executive to tell army of civil servants how to execute laws to better serve the people. This makes the 4 million member bureaucracy responsive to the voters. That is a good thing. That is what a chief executive should do. A bad thing is telling that army to go directly against the intentions of Congress (eg, DACA). That is legislating with a pen. 

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    • August 9, 2020, at 8:15 AM PDT
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  30. Kozak Member
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    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hate executive orders, both by Obama and Trump.

    I *want* the chief executive to tell army of civil servants how to execute laws to better serve the people. This makes the 4 million member bureaucracy responsive to the voters. That is a good thing. That is what a chief executive should do. A bad thing is telling that army to go directly against the intentions of Congress (eg, DACA). That is legislating with a pen.

    I’ll get excited about Trumps legislating with a pen when the courts stop legislating with rulings. The courts have been a far greater danger to the Republic then the executive for a long time.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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