Just before midnight Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, the biggest in US history. Details of who gets what are here:
It’s a compromise bill, meaning that it removed most of the leftist goodies Democrats tried to stuff into it, but not all. Republican did remove the demands for CO2 limits on airlines that can’t even fly at the moment, diversity hiring quotas and other irrelevant “progressive” pipe dreams. But here’s what survives: in addition to banning large companies that take out loans from fighting union organizing efforts (a boost to the Democrats’ electoral base), it contains such “emergency” funding as $75 million for the notoriously liberal Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $25 million for House staff and salaries, $350 million to resettle more immigrants and migrants at a time when millions of Americans are losing their jobs, and $150 million to the National Endowment for the Arts.
Joe Biden is struggling
By Mike Huckabee
Joe Biden, still struggling to appear relevant despite being about as easily overlooked as the star of that new “Invisible Man” movie, is continuing his embarrassing and barely coherent “competing coronavirus briefings” against President Trump from his house. In his latest dispatch from Cloud Cuckooland, Biden said Trump should “stop talking” and let medical experts speak. He mocked Trump’s hopes of getting the economy reopened by Easter and said, “This curve is going up and up and up because we did not act when we should have acted.”
Boy, where to begin? Obviously, with the fact that when Trump cut off travel from China back in January, acting quickly when he should have, Biden attacked him as a fearmonger and xenophobe. When Biden released a “plan” for dealing better with the crisis than Trump, most of it was stuff Trump had already done. In case Biden hasn’t noticed, Trump has assembled a team of the best doctors in America, and they are present and speak at all his press conferences. The leading voice among them, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has debunked the idea that Trump isn’t listening to them (apparently, Joe doesn’t keep up with the news; he’s also still repeating the debunked “fake news” that Trump called the virus a “hoax.” He was talking about the false media narrative parroted by Biden that he didn't take it seriously.)
And as for Trump’s Easter comment, it was just an expressed hope, not an ironclad policy directive. You’d think Biden would recognize what a “hope” is, since that’s what he and Obama got elected on. Maybe that’s why he assumes all hopes are meaningless.
Incidentally, Biden has also called for another “stimulus” bill that would somehow save us from the coronavirus by including the “Green New Deal,” thereby accomplishing the neat trick of saving the economy by passing a law that most sane economists believe would kill the economy.
Instead of telling Trump to stop talking, Joe should trying to talk. He’s become the living embodiment of Mark Twain’s rule that “it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than open it and remove all doubt.”
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This morning, the government reported that weekly unemployment claims hit 3.3 million, smashing the 1982 record of 695,000. Of course, it’s due to the unprecedented nationwide shutdown caused by the COVID-19 (Chinese) virus (again, thanks, China!)
The good news is that the stock market rose on news of an emergency relief bill passing the Senate, and while this might spark a temporary recession, most economists agree that it’s an unprecedented but temporary blow to an otherwise strong economy. Never have the words “This, too, shall pass” been so important to remember.
Taking low expectations to a whole new low, a leftist writer in the Atlantic magazine begged Democrats not to despair of Joe Biden’s obvious unfitness for the White House, but to rally around him as long as he’s still got a pulse. In an op-ed headlined, “Stay Alive, Joe Biden,” Alex Wagner of Showtime’s “The Circus” writes, “Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.”
Well, if you’ve seen him lately, you could make a plausible argument that he can’t even provide that.
Listening to him also can make you suspect brain death.
This could be the first time in history when the simple admonition to “Look alive” proves to be too much to ask.
Interesting look at just a few of the pointless, expensive laws and regulations that have been suspended due to the coronavirus emergency, which immediately speeded supply lines, and created more hospital beds, quicker manufacture of needed supplies, more efficient trucking and a big boost in hiring.
So here are the obvious questions: Why did we have these strangling regulations in the first place, and why should we bring them back after the emergency passes?
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
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