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Mitch and the Gang, along with the leader* of the House Republican’ts, happily played Grinch to all but their paymasters in the corporate elites. They continued to willfully extend the pain and harm to all the Americans they not so secretly hate for electing President Trump twice. The forgotten Americans must be shoved back down the memory hole if the GOPe is to rise again to its lucrative faux leadership role. So, the uncounted Americans facing eviction from home or loss of a small business got only a Life Saver pealed off from a Life Savers® roll into their stocking.
The federal moratorium on home evictions was only extended to the end of January 2021. It was to be left to the 2021 Democrat-controlled new House and Senate to leverage the government-created personal and business debt crisis into a leftist bloodless revolution. Thankfully, President Trump has effectively vetoed this insult to non-elite Americans. He should do more than demand $2,000 per person; he should answer more of the pork-barrel with a non-partisan populist demand for government to assume some of the private debt imposed by government edict.
President Trump rejected the insulting $600 payment to Americans, demanding at least $2,000. This, however, still does not get at the real problem of massive personal and small business property delinquent debt, caused by government malpractice. President Trump should demand more. If they will not respond to a phone call, President Trump should exercise his unilateral power to force Congress back into real session now, calling them back to D.C. on December 26.
Article II, Section 3
. . . [the president] may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper . . . .
I called this outrageous abuse of Americans months ago, wrote to Lord Governor Ducey’s waste of oxygen Senate appointee, Martha McSally to urge her to make this her re-election issue.** I wrote to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. I wrote to the poser conservative Congressman Andy Biggs. No response. At. All. They did not need me to write. They knew and Do. Not. Care. Oh, they may “care” but not on the level of taking action, of owning what they and the rest of government have done to America this year. Passing a federal 100 percent refundable tax credit to wipe out the massive mountain of debt and despair hanging over so many Americans’ heads would cause a significant addition to the national debt. That would cramp their patrons’ plans for their own goodies.
Here is how I painted the picture in May:
Senator McSally, I deeply admired your real courage when we were both young field grade officers, you in the Air Force and me in the Army. Your stand for the Constitution against the House of Saud and the Pentagon was principled and made a real difference. I greatly worry that you are on track to become a two-time loser in races for the US Senate. You can win big by returning to your roots and doing the right thing for millions of Arizonans. You must persuade Sen. McConnell to make personal and real small business “COVID-19 debt” 100% tax credit refundable on the next two quarterly tax payment dates: rent, mortgage, lease, and car/truck payments between the end of March 2020 and 1 July 2020.
The national and state executives, with the complicity of the Congress and state legislatures, crushed at least tens of millions of Americans’ lives, driving them into massive debt from which they cannot reasonably recover. All the federal programs so far have been good as far as they went, but did not get at the basic problem.
People are falling hopelessly behind on apartment/home rent, mortgages, business property leases, and car/truck payments. Make the property managers, mortgage holders, and vehicle note-holders an offer they cannot refuse. Make every dollar they forgive between the end of March and the end of June immediately 100% refundable on their quarterly tax payments at the end of June and September. This will be massive, but it is the actual cost of the decisions made by President Trump, affirmed by you, and the governors, affirmed by the state legislatures’ non-objection.
The latest planned failure by Mitch and the gang makes Republicans Scrooge to all the Bob and Bobbi Cratchets the GOPe has delighted in telling for a decade or more to just move, learn to code, and shut up because their economic plight is all their own fault. This imposed economic and personal catastrophe is the fault of the governing elite, not the Cratchets. Extending the eviction date to February is grossly cynical, yet that is all the Republicans in Congress could be bothered to do in the latest “relief” legislation.
UPDATE: Senator Ted Cruz took all the political damage and scored no real points as he joined five other Senators in voting against the massive lump of high-sulfur bituminous coal wrapped in a tissue of COVID-19 economic relief. He called out the problems but did not point to the pork displacing more and better targeted economic relief.
“With new shutdown orders targeting small businesses and disproportionately affecting minority and low-income workers, many Americans remain out of work and unable to make ends meet. According to one study, one in four small business owners will close their doors if economic conditions don’t improve soon. Had this bill been solely focused on re-opening the economy, getting Americans back to work, and jump starting a recovery, it would have had my enthusiastic support. For example, the final COVID-19 package rejects Democrats’ misguided attempts to bail out blue states’ underfunded pension plans and replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program – which will go a long way in helping small businesses keep their doors open and employees on the payroll.
[ . . . ]
“Generations of Americans are already stuck with a $27 trillion national debt, and Washington politicians are indiscriminately adding to the tab. This nearly 5,600-page spending package fails to make any meaningful spending cuts and instead advances the interests of the radical Left, special interests, and swamp lobbyists, with funding going towards expanding authority for more H-2B visas for foreign workers while a near record number of Americans remain unemployed, as well as laying the ground work for Democrats to implement the ‘Green New Deal’ by claiming a ‘need’ to meet the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, or zero-emission energy sources.
The special interests and swamp lobbyists include those who own McConnell and his gang, as well as Kevin McCarthy and his unlovable losers. Those visas are valuable presents to the Chamber of Commerce and deliberate thumbs in the eyes of all those who dared vote for President Trump. This same crew, including the fake “Freedom Caucus,” is pretending to have a principled reason to lose the war with Google, Facebook, and Twitter, refusing to include Section 230 repeal in the massive “must pass” end-of-year bill or in the National Defense Authorization Act. To be clear, each and every legislator who claims that Section 230 must be repealed, but just can’t be done now, is a liar. They know and intend that any separate effort will be a planned failure.
The leftist-controlled Virginia legislature is taking symbolic eviction protection action for apartment renters, not small businesses facing rent, lease, or mortgage debt, or homeowners under foreclosure threat. Rhode Island establishment Democrats are steering left to protect their own cushy jobs by adopting “progressive” positions:
If the moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent is not extended, [Senate majority leader] McCaffrey said, one of the lawmakers’ first acts in the new session may be “some sort of moratorium” to prevent evictions while people are still struggling with job losses and other financial consequences of the pandemic.
According to the state Department of Health website, the existing four-month protection covers renters who can’t pay their rent in subsidized housing or in a home or apartment whose owner has a federally issued or guaranteed mortgage.
Increasing the supply of affordable housing in the state is one of [Senate president] Ruggerio’s long-running goals, and McCaffrey on Monday said he supports Raimondo’s plan to fund housing programs with a charge on high-end real-estate transactions.
The DC city council tried to ban any eviction action at all by property owners, who must protect themselves against tenant non-payments. This was rejected as unconstitutional by a judge in mid-December, surely putting Congress on notice of the debt crisis in housing. Judge Anthony Epstein did not, however, reject the continuing ban on any actual evictions.
The net effect of Republican’t planned failure is another real estate debt crisis of government’s making. They obviously plan to lose the Senate and take no responsibility, shaking down their old donor base on false promises of protecting property rights if only they are given back the majority in 2022, after which they will tell us we are still to stupid to understand they really mean they will do better if only we give them a Bush/McCain/Romney Republican’t president in 2024 who will play their game and not hold them to campaign promises.
President Trump should expose these self-serving hacks with the rarest of Constitutional moves. He should order them back into session immediately, to arrive on Capitol Hill no later than December 26. He should demand they immediately pass a clean bill that gives 100% refundable tax credits, payable on the next quarterly filing, for residential and true SMALL business rent, lease, and mortgage debt accrued between the end of March 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Force the issue. Expose Congressional Republican’t duplicity. Put them on the record now, while Senate Republicans still have a majority. If they are dragged kicking and screaming into passing this major real relief, the Republicans will be rewarded with victory in Georgia, forcing Mitch and the gang to engage in real, visible, opposition to the fraud and crime-ridden leftist Harris-Biden gang.Published in