GOP Senator Acknowledges That He Slept Through The Past Four Years
[guest post by Dana]
The nominee for Associate AG Vanita "Gupta graciously pledged to stop attacking people on Twitter if confirmed. But if confirmed she won’t need Twitter to go after her political opponents. She will have the power of the U.S. government behind her.
That’s scary." @powerlineblog
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 11, 2021
Wow! Just imagine what it would be like if someone who was constantly attacking political opponents (and private citizens) on Twitter actually had the immense power of the U.S. government behind them while they tweeted. And imagine if that same individual who had the immense power of the U.S. government behind him publicly asserted that his authority was total. Now, that would be scary.
For godsake, you’re a sitting U.S. senator: think before you speak!
As a reminder, Cornyn was against the impeachment of Trump and did not believe that he had incited the mob at the Capitol. He also supported Trump on nearly everything during the former president’s tenure, so…Dana (fd537d) — 3/11/2021 @ 9:25 am
is there any point left where you won’t excuse the left’s radicalism without saying “but Trump?”NJRob (eb56c3) — 3/11/2021 @ 9:36 am
Nobody at the moment is excusing “the left’s radicalism”. We’re poking fun at hypocrites who ignored massive misbehavior from their own tribe for years and are now pretending to be concerned about that same behavior in order to attack members of a different tribe.
The idea that Cornyn *cares* about people attacking others on Twitter is laughable. He’s demonstrated for years that he doesn’t — he’s just pretending to now because it allows him to criticize people he dislikes for unrelated reasons.aphrael (4c4719) — 3/11/2021 @ 9:44 am
Cornyn is worried that, unlike Trump, who only attacked people on Twitter, she might start investigating people.Sammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:13 am
Trump didn’t initiate politically investigations of people by the Justice Department. Maybe he was scared to, and kept in line by his White House counsel, but he didn’t.
Cornyn is saying there’s something more important than tweeting.Sammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:16 am
Manchin, Collins to vote for Becerra as Biden’s HHS secretary after conservatives try to sink nominationRip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:22 am
Does he have any evidence that suggests she’s likely to do that *beyond* her history of tweeting? If so, then he should focus on that, not this transparently nonsense excuse.aphrael (4c4719) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:32 am
I was unaware that Gupta is running for an elected office.David Longfellow (f7430d) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:55 am
The comparison is invalid.
Texans are as Texas does: they can’t keep the lights on; nobody’s home.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:56 am
OT- W/30% of the Covid dead on his watch, President Plagiarist finally signs $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Bill. VP Kamala at his side… seems she’s always “there” …
Is she a registered nurse?DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:11 am
When did Republicans become so sensitive to mean tweets?Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:23 am
any sincere purge of hypocrites would include the casting out of guptaJF (3efb60) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:26 am
Haaland nomination as interior secretary advances with four Republican votesRip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:47 am
The Senate on Thursday voted 54 to 42 to limit debate on the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as interior secretary, signaling that she is on her way to confirmation as the first Native American to serve in a presidential Cabinet.
The four Republicans were Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska). All members of the Democratic caucus voted to support Haaland.
It is actually a bit worse. Voters held Trump accountable for his actions, including his tweets. Voters cannot do the same for Gupta.Hoi Polloi (093fb9) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:49 am
‘Conservatives’ like Cornyn don’t really seem to have principles upon which they act or speak. I don’t think he cares about people being mean on twitter. I don’t think he cares about people using the powers of government to go after their political opponents.
If there are other reasons he opposes this nominee he should be clear about that them and stop telling lies to the public. Then maybe I’ll take him seriously.Time123 (b4d075) — 3/11/2021 @ 12:05 pm
10. DSCA “finally” – you thought he signed too slow?
And your number seems to be off. If you decide that everybody dying after Jan. 20 is the personal fault of Biden (throwing in the morning deaths I suppose) than, per the CDC tracker , he’s only responsible for killing 23% approximately of Covid victims.
This means your preferred president, Mr. Trump, is personally responsible for killing the remaining 77 %.Victor (4959fb) — 3/11/2021 @ 12:26 pm
@16. “It’s Nixon’s war now.’
Keep in mind, by their count, the death number is at 530,000– 1,500 a day are dying and businesses foundering. This ‘bipartisanship’ crap is just that– crap. President Plagiarist is still living in 1974. The old fart shudda signed it immediately, w/o fanfare; same w/Nancy & Chuck when getting it over–no need for an outdoor presser; Nancy had the paperwork to get this rolling in the hopper for months as well- and didn’t bother to get it up and running on the schedule ’til midweek after it came back from the Senate — a waste of time t begin with by insisting on keeping the minimum wage pitch in it. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander when to comes to tallies as well. These a-holes only had to pass a clean Covid bill and not lard it up w/pork. They lrarned nothing from 1/6. People are sick an tired of this. The antics by these major parties are killing America. Which is a key factor in why populism has rooted so deeply and neither party is immune to its wrath.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:09 pm
Gupta and Tanden were private citizens when they tweeted. They are being held to a completely different standard.Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:20 pm
At what point will Trumpers realize that they’ve set themselves up to look like rank hypocrites when they attack Dems for sins against civility?
When voters held Trump accountable, he threw a hissy fit — abetted by his supporters — and attempted to force his way back into power, by trying to coerce various officials to throw the election to him. Are you suggesting that Vanita Gupta will have more power than Trump and be more capable of keeping herself in power regardless of what the voters choose in 2024?Radegunda (f4d5c0) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:23 pm
President Plagiarist is still living in 1974.
DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:09 pm
He’s ten years ahead of you.norcal (01e272) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:25 pm
After voters held Trump accountable, he sent out a long series of tweets trashing our election system and stirring up a “civil war” mentality among his rabid fans. He said they should not accept the election results, and urged them to come to D.C. for a “wild” protest. He tweeted out an attack on the VP shortly after the VP had been rushed away from the angry mob. Later he tweeted out a defense of what the mob had done.
But let’s all be very, very afraid of what Vanita Gupta’s tweets as a private citizen portend.Radegunda (f4d5c0) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:29 pm
It’s not about Trump being worse. It’s that Cornyn is lying when he pretends to care about this. Why should I take these false objections seriously? We have guess as to his real reason. My guess is partisanship and political advantage. Not to any specific end, just to count coup and get his name in the press.Time123 (cd2ff4) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:30 pm
To add, it’s like when Democrats talk about limited government or federalism. It’s not something they actually care about and you know the people making that argument are just lying to us.Time123 (cd2ff4) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:31 pm
@20. Reaganoptics. 😉DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 3:39 pm
“John Cornyn: When he’s not kicking it, he’s feeding it to his constituents.” He’s got to be really annoyed that the DAG nominee, a more critical position, never had Twitter.nk (1d9030) — 3/11/2021 @ 4:22 pm
Trump tweeted a lot as a private citizen, too.
I think it is great that candidates like Gupta and Tanden show the world what type of people they are via their social media posts. Nothing wrong with holding them accountable.Hoi Polloi (b28058) — 3/11/2021 @ 4:38 pm
Tanden was held responsible WRT her social media posts as a private citizen. Everyone should be accountable for the actions they take in public, it’s literally how you judge non-paper based qualifications.
The problem with Cornyn and his ilk are that they don’t. Democrats are nearly as bad, but the willful blindness on their side doesn’t have a giant orange caricature of all that is wrong with social media requiring brain damage to miss. Unless Michael Moore is nominated for something, it’s hard to compare…apples and battleships.Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 3/11/2021 @ 4:49 pm
Tombstone Talk; President Plagiarist’s epitaph: “I have a plan.”DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 5:18 pm
Jesus. Disjointed, meandering. This jerk makes Jimma Carter sound like Churchill.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 5:22 pm
Manchin, Collins to vote for Becerra as Biden’s HHS secretary after conservatives try to sink nomination
Everybody had it right: Manchin played his moderate shtick vowing to vote against Neera Tanden, so he figures he can play loyal Democrat with the Becerra nomination.
Susan Collins’s announcement is a disappointment. I know she’s trying to be the conciliator in the Senate, but she’s going to vote for a man who not only is under-qualified for his role, but it is also an ideologue who has a history of using the power of the state to go after people he doesn’t like. I know Sen. Collins is pro-abortion rights, but she is also Catholic so she better hope that there aren’t any service organizations in the Pine Tree State run by nuns who want to opt out of providing contraception or abortifacients to their employees.JVW (ee64e4) — 3/11/2021 @ 5:25 pm
DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 5:22 pm-
Hey, but you’re getting a check and vaccine-what’s not to like!
/sarcRip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 3/11/2021 @ 6:00 pm
@31. $2000 is now $1400 and shut-it-down-January is now May…
“Operation Warp Speed” 😉DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 6:36 pm
And it’s still an improvement.Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 3/11/2021 @ 6:41 pm
Here is some important context to Cornyn’s tweet. Per Adam Serwer:Dana (fd537d) — 3/11/2021 @ 6:56 pm
She was a private citizen making statements in the pubic arena.
If she doesn’t like the consequences, maybe she should have thought a bit before tweeting.
But she was doing it for the likes and the lulz.
Welcome to the world of grownups, Gupta.Hoi Polloi (b28058) — 3/11/2021 @ 6:58 pm
Neanderthal thinking.Dave (1bb933) — 3/11/2021 @ 7:20 pm
Friendly request for a thread on Biden’s speech, so I can swoon over it…
🙂Dave (1bb933) — 3/11/2021 @ 7:24 pm
Dave (1bb933) — 3/11/2021 @ 7:20 pm
Always wrong. Never in doubt.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 8:07 pm
One man’s malaise is a plagiarist’s malady:
“I need your help.” Jimma Carter 7/15/79
“I need your help.” Joey Plagiarist 3/11/21DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 8:15 pm
@33. And it’s still an improvement.
Down so low it looks like up to you, eh:
Reaganoptics.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/11/2021 @ 8:21 pm
Indeed:Dave (1bb933) — 3/11/2021 @ 9:40 pm
@Dana@34 That certainly puts an interesting spin on things.Nic (896fdf) — 3/11/2021 @ 10:09 pm
I gather you’re fighting your war against plagiarism by insisting on only repeating yourself.
Also, last i heard, 600 + 1400 = 2000.Victor (4959fb) — 3/11/2021 @ 11:41 pm
DSCA…anti Biden, anti Trump, anti Reagan, anti Bush (pick one), anti Obama, anti Clinton, anti Carter, anti Ford…pro Larouche? Pick a lane pal.Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 3/12/2021 @ 12:02 am
@43. Mention that to James Earl Biden.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:20 am
Big sale on white socks and sandals at Walgreen’s, too!
Swoon, Davey, Swoon!DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:28 am
@44. Anti-Obama??? Anti-Pappy Bush??? Anti-Jerry Ford?
But you forgot The Big Dick and LBJ.
“Klink, you boob.” – General Burkhalter [Leon Askin] ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ CBS TV, 1965-71DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:33 am
@43. Also, last i heard, 600 + 1400 = 2000.
Listen closer: $2,000 was the check alone the Plagiarist was hyping. But the CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 by President Trump, and the first stimulus check, maxed out at $1,200 per person. President Trump also signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill in December, 2020 that included $600 stimulus checks for most Americans [he wanted more by Nancy denied.] President Plagiarist signed the $1.9 trillion package w/$1,400 checks up to a point w/a plethora of tax credits and assorted goodies for the kiddies.
But along wit ‘shutting down the virus’– he touted $2,000.
‘Maybe he just forgot, eh– old people do that. He’d never try to take credit for other people’s work product– not a… plagiarist.
President Trump: $1,800
President Plagiarist: $1,400
It nice to see American citizens treated like Israelis and Saudis and NATO and Japan and South Korea and on and on… for a change by the U.S. government.
Maybe another check, say…by Election Day, eh, Joey? 😉
“Looks like you’re bringing up the rear, Granger.” – Combs [Arch Johnson] ‘The Sting,’ 1973DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:10 am
Nancy denied Trump’s strenuous efforts to get a $2,000 check instead of a $600 one? What color are the skies in your world?
Plagiarism is I admit a sign of laziness, but on the other hand totally original craziness isn’t really a virtue.Victor (4959fb) — 3/12/2021 @ 3:54 am
I don’t think you really care if people make rude and insulting tweets.Time123 (89dfb2) — 3/12/2021 @ 7:32 am
>At what point will Trumpers realize that they’ve set themselves up to look like rank hypocrites when they attack Dems for sins against civility?
I’d even go beyond that. Trumpists who complain about civility look like they are arguing in bad faith and it taints *every other argument they make* because if they’re arguing in bad faith in one area there’s a greater likelihood that they’re arguing in bad faith elsewhere.aphrael (4c4719) — 3/12/2021 @ 10:00 am
@49. She didn’t want any checks going out w/his name on them– certainly before Jan., 20. We know Trump’s character; as a Queen Swampness, she’s worse and knows better. She played politics American lives.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 10:07 am
@51. Civility? From a Noo Yawker? LOLOLOL
‘Start spreadin’ the news…’DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 10:10 am
DSCA. Point to Nancy’s actions before January 20th that hindered the issuing of $2,000 checks.
And note that Biden isn’t putting his name on checks because the fact that Trump felt the need to do so was kind of pathetic.Victor (4959fb) — 3/12/2021 @ 10:21 am
@54. Nancy Pelosi Finally Admits It Was Her ‘Decision’ to Block COVID Relief for Americans
You want to dig any more, do your own homework. Trump wanted some kind of additional Covid payments to go out as far back a July, 2020. Pelosi wasn’t keen on more checks w/Trump’s name emblazoned on them going out before the election t hep his campaign.
We know Trump’s character; Nancy’s just as bad.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 11:15 am
And note that Biden isn’t putting his name on checks because the fact that Trump felt the need to do so was kind of pathetic.
Note he gave a pathetic ‘malaise’ speech last night instead.
He’s another Jimma Carter.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 11:18 am
The dispute before the election was between Democrats $2 trillion bill and Republicans $500 billion.
Here is the story of the $600 v. $2,000. Note what role Pelosi plays:
Here is another article talking about Pelosi’s efforts to get 2,000 checks being obstructed by Senate Republicans. This is a part of that article:
Biden didn’t give a malaise speech.
You really need to get out of your bubble, or, alternatively, stop trolling.Victor (4959fb) — 3/12/2021 @ 12:43 pm
DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 10:07 am
Wel, it happened – that’s the way the paper checks went out.Sammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/12/2021 @ 12:53 pm
Biden didn’t give a malaise speech.
Except he did.
Either you’re young– or weren’t listening:
One man’s malaise is a plagiarist’s malady:
“I need your help.” Jimma Carter 7/15/79
“I need your help.” Joey Plagiarist 3/11/21DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 12:56 pm
@57. Bubble? Wake up and smell the coffee; she didn’t want Trump to get any credit for $2000 checks and admitted so. Te $15/pint ice cream eater is as vindictive as Trump. Maybe more so.
Hell hath no fury…DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:00 pm
@58. Yeah, the $600 post election,– not ant biggies before the election, Sammy. She was playing with peoples lives. The actions of the Royuaists in gneral an the Swamp Queen in particular only serve to nurture and root populism all the deeper.
She learned nothing from 1/6. Break her podium? Off with their heads!DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:06 pm
The $600 post election checks did have Donald Trump’s name on them. On January 8, I took a picture of someone’s check dated January 6, 2021. It would be a privacy violation, though, to show it to anybody.
Printed on it, toward the bottom left, is:
ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTSammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:45 pm
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
Notes about Biden’s speech:
1) He didn’t imply that every family had a death but described other ways in which they might have suffered. This is an improvement over what he said in his inaugural address.
2) He said people wanted to be told the truth, but he was talking about imaginary lies by Donald Trump (at worst, errors or optimistic projections) and not real lies Andrew Cuomo. Of course the problem with Trump was speaking about the future – Cuomo gave bad information and bad arguments about the past.
3) He said people were afraid to walk in the street because they might die. People not paying close attention might not have realized he was talking about people of Chinese or similar looking descent. He insulted most Americans in implying they were remotely likely to attack Chinese. This is no more true of average Americans than storming the Capitol is. Joe Biden has become convinced that this is a BIG PROBLEM. He inserted that into the speech himself. The whole thing, I suspect, is not much more real than the past epidemic of church burnings. There may be something actually going on in a few places, but I would suspect this is gang initiation and doesn’t have anything to do with scapegoating ordinary Chinese in the United States for Covid and the scale in any case is very small.
4) He talked about vaccines like as if their availability was something in nature, rather than law.
5) He said they’d done a lot better than projected in making vaccines available. Actually, he had unreasonably underprojected.
6) He seemed desperate that the vaccine be taken, because he sees it as the only way back to normalcy.
This virus is indeed something new and never seen before. There’s never been anything like it that created as many harmless and even unnoticeable cases while at the same time creating other cases resulting in many deaths. (throughout the epidemic they have almost totally ignored the factor of viral dose)
Or maybe I’m wrong. It’s not measles. A measles outbreak, even if more deadly to non-immune adults, (is it?) can be contained.Sammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/12/2021 @ 1:48 pm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo s getting into more and more trouble. Impeachment momentum is building, although they probably are bluffing somewhat. There’s a 6th and a 7th case with women (the 6th involves a woman (so far name unknown) who is said to have told a female supervisor when he said that he never touched anyone that that was what happened to her last year. It is considered a possible sexual assault but she doesn’t want to report it. The 7th involves a reporter back in 2014 who writes that Cumo grabbed her and insisted on having his picture taken with her – she was already wary of him and had hesitations about going to that event) and wouldn’t let go and wanted a second picture, and also joked about them going steady. She says she doesn’t think Cuomo wanted to have sex with her – but just wanted to humiliate her.
And about Covid, it seems that Cuomo, about two weeks after the first Health Department order about nursing homes, issued another edict, or his Department of Health did that said Covid patients who came from group homes for the developmentally disabled had to be readmitted and that order still has not been rescinded!
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-administration-homes-developmentally-disabled-coronavirusSammy Finkelman (4227f2) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:01 pm
@62. Right. Post election- after he lost. But he was pushing for $2000 way before that. She’s as vindictive as Trump, Sammy. Perhaps more. Her crowing ‘mandate’ ended PDQ, too.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:04 pm
No, DCSCA, he wasn’t. His negotiating rep demanded no such thing, in fact fought against it. Donald Trump is a liar. He was conning America, claiming he would do one thing, while doing the opposite. If you don’t know who the mark is, you’re the mark, DCSCA. He would say anything to get your vote, but he sold you out every chance he got.
Biden’s speech was overly flowery and way too long. He is only ‘good’ in comparison to low standards and he doesn’t deserve that. I’m not too worried about who gets credit for buying votes. One more way Trump was no Reagan.Dustin (4237e0) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:14 pm
@66.Except he was.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:18 pm
$1,400 doesn’t cut it now; too little, too late.
Gas hit $4.55/gal., for Shell regular today.
By July 4.DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:21 pm
It’s polite to say pleaseDustin (4237e0) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:23 pm
@69. Why? Israelis, NATO, Saudis, Japanese and South Koreans don’t. It’s nice to see American citizens getting treated like foreigners by the U.S. government for a change– and some loose change at that. 😉DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:27 pm
Breaking – NY’s Schumer & Gillibrand call on Cuomo to resign.
“Bayonets!!!” — Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain [Jeff Daniels] ‘Gettysburg’ 1993DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:46 pm
That’s quite possibly the dumbest prediction you’ve ever made, so wow.Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:48 pm
@72. It’s a request- not a prediction, Herr Commandant.
OTOH, Nancy left the door open for more checks to come.
“Klink, you boob.” – General Burkhalter [Leon Askin] ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ CBS TV, 1965-71DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 3/12/2021 @ 3:05 pm
DCSCA @65: But he was pushing for $2000 way before that.
Dustin (4237e0) — 3/12/2021 @ 2:14 pm
I think originally he was for an extra $2,000. But he let his Treasury SEcretary Steven Mnuchin do his negotiating for him. I don’t know if he fought against it – but Republicans in Congress did, and $600 was the compromise he came up with. Then, after the bill was passed, Donald Trump suddenly decides he wants $2,000 after all and threatens not to sign the bill of it is not included. You couldn’t do that then, but they could pass a second bill, and Nancy Pelosi had the House pass it. It wasn’t going to be passed by the senate. Trump decides to sin the bill when it sort of becomes clear that his veto wold be overridden. but he finds another bill to veto with a few excuses among them this one. It gets overridden.
Meanwhile Biden endorses the $2,000 and later clarifies he means $2,000 when you include the $600.Sammy Finkelman (e5fb44) — 3/13/2021 @ 4:52 pm
Sammy, Donald told us he wanted one thing. His actions proved he wanted another. It was not exactly a secret what Mnuchin was asking for on Trump’s behalf. This ‘gee whiz I didn’t know’ thing is hard to accept from trustworthy people. From Trump it’s just ridiculous. See ISIS, the budget, Trump’s health care plan, the border, immigration reforms, pretty much everything Trump told us he was fighting for.Dustin (4237e0) — 3/13/2021 @ 5:03 pm
Dustin (4237e0) — 3/13/2021 @ 5:03 pm
But this was Donald Trump. He is perfectly capable of not paying attention. More likely, he just didn’t care that his original request for $2,000 had been negotiated away, and he signed on to it for whatever reasons Mnuchin gave him.
Then he changed his mind and reverted back to it. Probably because he thought the presidential election wasn’t really over and it would increase his support and because he thought calling for a 2,000 checks would help his candidates win the Georgia Senate races. He preferred that idea to the claim it was his claiming he won the presidential election that was causing problems for the two Republican Senate candidates in the runoff and that the best way to help them win was to concede the presidency and argue a Republican Senate was needed to keep a Biden administraton in check..
He did deal with isis, but wanted to deal only with ISIS. He really did not understand health care (of course he knew he didn’t understand it). He had told his first HHS Secretary to come up with a plan, and of course he could not do anything that complied with all the parameters the Republicans wanted. He couldn’t take care of pre-existing conditions through high risk polls or whatever without spending more money. When Republican health policy expert Tom Price’s bluff was called, Trump later did not do anything much to try to work something out, although he did a few things at the margins while also trying to damage or ruin health care finances – if the courts or Congress wold have allowed it.
The border was demagouguing. With immigration he pretended to want changes, but any time it looked like he might get something from Congress, he moved the goalposts, while meanwhile making legal immigration more difficult in a thousand small ways.
(Biden is afraid to do anything. He promised to raise the refugee quota, then lowered the amount by which he promised to raise it, then temporized and delayeds setting any number while his State Department assumed he would do something, until two flights to the U.S. were cancelled and people who had given away all their possessions in refugee camps were left in the lurch. Biden is right about one thing. Those who oppose immigration oppose legal and illegal immigration equally and on;y pay attention to the numbers. He is attempting to cmpensate for what is going on at the Mexican border)Sammy Finkelman (e5fb44) — 3/14/2021 @ 7:38 am
Up to a point. I don’t buy it when it’s the kind of thing he is personally invested in (as you pointed out, he even needed his name on the check). You and I knew what Trump’s rep was negotiating against. Trump did too… indeed he was playing his crude ‘art of the deal’ game that rarely worked. Trump was fired for this kind of job performance.Dustin (4237e0) — 3/14/2021 @ 10:14 am
Gas hit $4.55/gal., for Shell regular today.
California’s gas prices are not a result of national politics. Gas is under $3/gallon everywhere else. In CA, the Greens appear to have made common cause with the refiners to keep supply dear and prices high, through non-tariff barriers to out-of-state supplies.Kevin M (ab1c11) — 3/14/2021 @ 11:29 am
77. Dustin (4237e0) — 3/14/2021 @ 10:14 am.
It was the Republicans in the Senate who didn’t want the $2,000. I think it was maybe a Democratic proposal which Trump endorsed.
But I think as far as Trump was concerned, any dollar amount would have been OK so long as it was something. Until he decided, after the bill passed, it had to be $2,000 after all.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/16/trump-stimulus-payment-economic-reliefSammy Finkelman (e5fb44) — 3/14/2021 @ 12:09 pm
I think it id possible that Trump didn’t pay attention to the fact that the bill had already passed Congress when he reversed himself. But he culd also have been hoping to position himself. In any case, the House quickly passed a second bill (which I think was for an extra $2,000 and Trump decided not to veto the bill when he saw it would be overridden.Sammy Finkelman (e5fb44) — 3/14/2021 @ 12:13 pm
Trump is the leader of the GOP, and he was the leader of the GOP. If Trump had supported the $2k checks instead of fighting them via his negotiator (like a weasel) it would have happened, no doubt about it.
Several times Trump would fail to actually do ‘the thing’ until the election was upon us, and we needed to vote for Trump to ‘stop the caravan’ or ‘get the check’. Trump was surely thinking about this when he put his name on the first round of checks. In his crude way, he needed the issue alive on election day instead of resolved. Art of the deal.
To be honest though, I don’t like the idea of handing out checks. This massive spending is irresponsible, and both parties don’t seem to take this seriously, use lame whatabouts to avoid the truth. We’re heading for inflation that will make life harder for the poor and middle class, lead to yet more demands for checks (now that it’s a proven strategy) and onward and downward.Dustin (4237e0) — 3/14/2021 @ 12:16 pm