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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:16 AM

No surprise that Trump would ambush the much-needed covid-19 relief bill -- and make it worse

Source: Washington Post

No surprise that Trump would ambush the much-needed covid-19 relief bill — and make it worse

Opinion by Editorial Board
12/23/2020, 5:22:30 p.m.

CONSTRUCTIVE BIPARTISAN solutions are not exactly President Trump’s forte, so it should come as no surprise that he would veto a bipartisan defense bill and denounce the much-needed coronavirus relief package that his own administration helped to shape. Congress fortunately has time to override his veto on the essential defense bill, but Mr. Trump could — who knows if he will — pocket-veto the relief package in a way that would make an override impossible before this Congress expires. It is therefore important to understand why his objections, delivered in a surprise Tuesday night Twitter video, are misleading and demagogic even by his usual standards.

Mr. Trump calls the bill a “disgrace.” His main objection is that it provides only $600 direct relief payments, or $1,200 to couples, which he described as “ridiculously low” compared with his preferred figures, $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples. No matter that the $600 figure was his treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin’s suggestion. What’s really inappropriate, if not ridiculous, about the bill is how poorly it focuses this relief. Eligibility only phases out for individuals earning $75,000 or more, and households earning $150,000 or more; both figures are roughly twice the national median. A better plan would have been to limit direct payments to those earning the median or below, who have suffered the most economically, while shifting more resources into unemployment benefits. Mr. Trump’s proposal would instead compound this moderately regressive aspect of the measure.

Characteristically, Mr. Trump played the “America First” card, decrying what he said was aid to Central America, Cambodia, Myanmar and Egypt that has “nothing to do with” covid-19. Actually, these amounts were not in the $900 billion covid-relief bill but in the $1.4 trillion government funding bill to which it was attached, and without which the government would have had to shut down. In the same vein, he scapegoated undocumented immigrants on the direct payment issue, complaining that “family members of illegal aliens” would be eligible for direct payments, including some that would be “far more than the Americans are given.”

The family members in question actually include U.S. citizens — Americans — and green-card holders who may be married to an undocumented immigrant, and their dependents. The only reason such “mixed-status” recipients might get more than $600 is that Congress also decided to make them retroactively eligible for the $1,200 payments included in the Cares Act in March. All of this had bipartisan support: “No American should have been blocked from receiving federal assistance during a global pandemic because of who they married,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said.

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Reply No surprise that Trump would ambush the much-needed covid-19 relief bill -- and make it worse (Original post)
Eugene Dec 2020 OP
Captain Zero Dec 2020 #1
AleksS Dec 2020 #2
2naSalit Dec 2020 #3
totodeinhere Dec 2020 #4
panfluteman Dec 2020 #5
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:18 AM

1. He's doing it to kill it; punish us for not voting for him

nt

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:33 AM

2. He's doing it to kill us.

He is not a good person.

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Response to AleksS (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 09:46 AM

3. +1

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:14 PM

4. I think that the congressional Democrats were smart to embrace his call for $2000 stimulus checks.

$600 is peanuts but $2000 would be enough to really help a lot of people. And now House Republicans are going to be forced to vote on the record against those $2000 checks. That is very smart politically for the Democrats.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 01:14 PM

5. We Did Not Vote to Re-elect Him, So In Trump's Twisted Mind, No Punishment Is Too Great

To inflict on this nation. In fact, the more people who starve to death or freeze to death out in the cold because they got evicted, the better it would make Trump feel right now. It was always all about him, and as soon as the American people rejected him, he didn't give a rat's @$$ about anybody else, not even about the Republican party. These moves were all planned to destroy as many people, and as much of America as possible with the presidential powers he still possesses. He's a whining baby, a spoiled and entitled rich brat who has never been denied anything in his whole life.

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