March 24, 2020
It is more than a bit painful to see Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi go through a silly charade of imposing conditions on the $500 billion slush fund that McConnell has made a centerpiece of the Senate bill. Those of us who have been alive for the last three years know that there is exactly zero chance that Trump and Mnuchin will comply with any oversight conditions.
It is the official position of the Trump administration (argued in court cases) that they don’t have to turn over a damn thing to Congress. Do Schumer and Pelosi not know this? The administration’s position is that if Congress doesn’t like it, the recourse is impeachment. And we know where that one ends up.
Just today, Trump was openly telling the governors that he was happy to offer federal help, but it has to be a two way street. In other words, Mr. “we need a favor, though” was making federal aid to state government conditional on governors kissing his rear. Do the Democrats leaders in Congress really not see what is going on here?
This is like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, and telling him that she will pull it away at the last moment, and then Charlie Brown races to kick his field goal anyhow.
Come on folks — this is just painfully stupid, no slush fund for known criminals!