March 25, 2020

It took until after midnight, but the Senate finally agreed early this morning on an unprecedented $2 trillion (!) economic rescue plan that’s been dubbed “unemployment insurance on steroids.”

The bill includes direct payments to most Americans and support for unemployment funds so that no workers will lose their salaries during the shutdown, $367 billion to help keep small businesses afloat while their workers are stuck at home, and a $500 billion guaranteed, subsidized loan program for larger businesses and hospitals. Chuck Schumer said Democrats were ready to give unanimous consent so that if no Republicans objected, it could be sped through without a formal roll call vote. The Senate will meet today for debate and (many hope) will quickly send it to the House for a hoped-for unanimous passage as-is.

Don’t count your chickens yet, though, because there could still be objections in the House. Some Democrats made it obvious that they saw the bill as a big piñata that could be stuffed with leftist “transforming America” wish list items, from national same-day voter registration and voting by mail (i.e., the “Voter Fraud Made Easy” program) to various diversity hiring and CO2 emission mandates on businesses, to money for Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. As Bryan Preston at PJ Media put it in this terrific analysis, the Pelosi Democrats treated the coronavirus bill “like it’s a genie that jumped out of a Christmas tree.”

Luckily, when faced with a furious backlash from the public (they’re now about as popular as the skunk that ate the picnic lunch) and from even the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, Pelosi and the Dems backed down. The sledgehammer fell when President Trump declared that he would not sign a bill that was filled with “Green New Deal stuff.” I think it’s a sign of admirable growth in his role as a wartime President that he showed enough dignity and restraint not to use the word I’m sure he was thinking of instead of “stuff.”

Now, the Speaker just has to keep her notoriously headstrong members in line and the House could rush it through on unanimous consent, too. However, that might be quashed by the threatened opposition of one non-Democratic member, notoriously headstrong Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, whose Trump Derangement Syndrome led him to quit the GOP and become an Independent. I have a feeling this might be his last shot at playing fly-in-the-Jello-mold before the November election returns him to the private sector and the inevitable commentator deal with MSNBC or CNN.

Personally, I hate seeing this level of federal intervention and added debt, too, but we are facing an unprecedented emergency. The bill is far from ideal, but as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it, you go to war with the army you have, not the one you wish you had. And if this is the equivalent of war, this the best weapon Trump is able to get out of this bitterly divided Congress. Just be grateful that Trump had the backbone to refuse to be blackmailed and to keep so much of that leftist…”stuff”…out of it.

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  • Jack Grafing

    03/28/2020 05:33 PM

    Right now many NYC and Long Island Nurses the ones in the heart of this battle will not qualify for any money cause they are on the borderline of making too much - that’s wrong

  • Marjorie Johnson

    03/27/2020 01:43 PM

    Any Plan Parenthood funding, kill the bill. We’ll squash our blessings from Jesus if we fund killing babies

  • Marie Krause

    03/27/2020 08:34 AM

    What a good way to put our country back on our knees, trusting God, to get us through this. Thanks for always keeping us on top of what is going on, with just the right touch of humor, to give us a chance to smile.

    The way I see it, the biggest part of the bailout is needed and the money will be leaked right back into the economy, since the folks that will need it, have to pay bills and buy food. I hope.


  • Rosalia Li Bassi

    03/26/2020 05:33 PM

    Hello Governor, thank you for straight news. I am so distressed by the constant push to destroy this country by the so called democrats and “progressive”. This is my adopted country and so I know about other systems. There is no better in the world. The Congress has always being problematic and the house Reps think that the money they are supposed to manage belongs to them. Newsflash! It is our money, not theirs to pay back their donors, which is what they do every time. Ms Pelosi, pay your donors with your own millions. God knows you got them from the taxpayers. Let’s put out a petition to stop their pay when they do not work in favor of their employers!!

  • Cris Holsinger

    03/26/2020 03:42 PM

    Thank you lord for President Trump and “quashing” the added Pork Pelosi and her entourage tried and probably succeeded with some but not all of their proposals ! God Bless America !

  • gail laird

    03/26/2020 12:25 PM

    I am very disappointed that the GOP did not stand up against all the pork and allowances that lean toward socialism in this bill. It is troubling to me that that the GOP majority senate is still lead by the democratic party. My wish list is that the GOP would be honest and courageous enough to do the right thing.

  • Barbara Schnake

    03/26/2020 11:59 AM

    Great, I thought they had taken a lot of the junk out that Pelosi was trying to slip in with the bill. This doesn't sound like it Can the Congress in any way change or add an amendment that would not allow either side to slip in these "pork" projects. They should be in separate bills not included with this COVID 19 bill. This bill should only have covered what is necessary to get the economy jumpstarted. Very disappointed in the Democrats but then this is what they always do. They are corrupt to the core. Thanks for informing us.

  • Kat Mercer

    03/26/2020 11:09 AM

    Since we're adding enough to the debt to bankrupt the country, maybe we need to understand that life has changed. We're back to the 1930's. We need to simple down and throw out the "stuff-and-fluff." A good time to simplify the government to about 1/4 the size it is now.

  • Karin R. Miller

    03/26/2020 10:47 AM

    Sure hope they read every word to prevent those lefties from sneaking in the crap that they always try and shove down the throats of fair minded individuals who truly want what is best for our country and the legal citizens who live here!

  • Linda Fisher

    03/26/2020 08:19 AM

    There needs to be a way that the President can get rid of all the extra stuff Democrates want that he can just take it out so he can balance the budget or something. Can we impeach Nancy and Schumer?

  • ronald donbrosky

    03/26/2020 08:08 AM

    Hi Mike, Would not this be a better stimulus package to have the wealthy banks and insurance companies FORGIVE americans there monthly debts for a short time until the things improve in this time of turmoil? Why use americans own money to finance this package. Thank you and God bless you. Ron Donbrosky

  • Kathy Cox

    03/26/2020 03:38 AM

    Why did anyone agree to $225,000,000! For Congress? Haven’t they stolen enough?The Kennedy’s can afford to get Kennedy Center gussied up! The Hollywood elites can fork over their money to help illegals! Oh and Nancy’s favorite, Obamaiphones! WTH is she doing with them? Oh, wait she either gets a percentage of the sale or just got paid off! The woman shows all signs of dementia. Should have put in the bill Congress gets minimum healthcare, no lifetime pension, term limits and lobbyists as of 2021 illegal! Congress and all persons must have a complete mental and physical,check up before they can run and then a yearly physical! Why do the Dems get away with everything? Why do they get to slander Supreme Court Justices? My theory is the Dems paid China to create the virus with help from Soros,
    The media begins to Push the pandemic before it even hits our shores. Biden beats Bernie, no surprise, got paid off again. Biden says he will appoint the first African American female VP! He appoints Mike Obama. Armageddon occurs and Biden Obama wins ( never) They wait for Biden inauguration. After he embarrasses the world. They have him declared incompetent and Mike appoints Hillary as VP, 6 months into her term Mike is Killared with a shot to the back of her head. Hillary becomes President and
    Ovomit VP! Not a conspiracy theorist, 73 year old retiree married for 55 years. Just long for the 50’s and 60’s. I am so sick and many boomers are with me, of lack of respect, morals, self respect and kindness. Thanks for listening and keep an eye on China! In that bill tonight should have been the banning of prescriptions, all drugs, chickens, pork, rice, Nike and Apple have to make their products in the US. Never want to see Made In China again! The media is totally responsible for scaring the shitout of people! We already have to self isolate, the entertainment moguls should be streaming everything free. Love your show and humor and love your daughter. She inherited your sense of humor!
    Warm Regards,
    Kathy M Cox. LasVegas

  • Sallye Burrow King

    03/26/2020 12:44 AM

    Why can’t the Democratic see that it’s America that needs help and not their political agenda. I once was on the board for a boys club and group wanted to do something for a few members but was against it because it only benefited them. I only supported something that was fair for everyone and that’s how our elected officials should think.

  • Pam Benson

    03/26/2020 12:40 AM

    I’m a republican. What in the he’ll happened to the Republicans and Trump on this s Bill.I’m physically ill. Know all congress and our government will get their part of their money. Republicans have 2/3 of government but Dems win every time. We don’t need congress! We don’t need any part of government fire em all

  • william p appelt

    03/25/2020 11:57 PM

    I smell another scandal. Planned Parenthood and politicians, payment for abortion through political legislation. Follow the money, whose money, tax papers money, requires investigation. Bigger than the impeachment problem, maybe the same players that hate our President. It explains the feverish effort to keep abortion funded and it's extreme agenda. "Money makes the world go round" remember Cabaret?

  • Janice freeman

    03/25/2020 11:57 PM

    I am 82 yrs old, I pray and thank GOD every da y for our President. I hat planned parenthood, murdering babies is wrong, take the pill or use protection. I want borders to protect our country, if you want to live here come in the right way like our parents did, if you want to be here then be an American act like one. We have a great country we need to keep it that way.

  • rodney burke

    03/25/2020 11:34 PM

    I have a solution to communist nancy, quarantine, in GITMO so they
    cant vote.

  • Elton Turner

    03/25/2020 11:33 PM

    I am hopeful that in the proposal under other medical providers that the Democrats did not include Planned Parenthood which is what they would want. I hope the person responsible for disbursing the funds has control not to provide them with funds.

  • Rodney Salisbury

    03/25/2020 11:01 PM

    I hope the American People remember that once again Pelosi caused delays in Senate proceedings by withholding the transmission of the bills to be voted on. Pelosi also encouraged her senate cohorts to filibuster and attempt to stuff these unrelated and controversial crap into the stimulus package. Thank God for sending this unconventional leader for these unprecedented times.

  • Leonard Lugo

    03/25/2020 10:44 PM

    Goodness it's been awhile in a Civics class. Senate passed a clean bill right, so why go back to House, all they're going to do is Load it up Billions of pork, back to Senate to remove.? So are we saying the President" will not" get a clean bill! A Trillion in pork! America, Americans are hurting, the devilish Democrats are creating a slush fund? Boot em out

  • Robert A. Wilson

    03/25/2020 10:12 PM

    Thank goodness.

  • Michon Hawkins

    03/25/2020 10:05 PM

    I am proud that the President refuses to sign a bill with all that "pork" in it.

  • Renee Kendrick

    03/25/2020 10:04 PM

    Pelosi is a Witch with a capital B! She flew into DC earlier this week on her "What I want for my 80th birthday" broom fueled by her Italian-grandma hot air and stirred up her "stuff" pot once again. She needs to give it a rest...for the remainder of her life. Her district needs to vote to send her home this year. Pelosi stated a few weeks ago that she almost cries when she is introduced as the most powerful woman in the world. Well, so do the majority of Americans!!! Pelosi is so focused on the tasks that she misses the people. She is meaner than the devil. Go home Italy.

  • Rita Gayle Sherrill

    03/25/2020 09:29 PM

    I support the funding of small and large business but most of funding should go to health issues. If we don’t defeat the virus, nothing else really matters as there will not be workers to work. The other things put in bill by the Democrats should be deleted, especially the additional pay to Congress. Shame on Republicans for allowing this to happen. I have been so unhappy seeing how the Democrats always seem to get their way. Fairness, truth don’t seem to matter. The Democrats will win in Nov. as they always find a way. Only by the grace of God will we survive.

  • Patricia Owens

    03/25/2020 06:55 PM

    If abortion is such an important healthcare item, and is such a CCP virus deterrent, it would stand to reason Pelosi and PPP next step would be to demand all, every single one, pregnancies be terminated this minute, by abortion. Those people need to be sent to the nearest quicksand/mudsludge pond ASAP.