Instead of fighting for the American people amid the global coronavirus pandemic, congressional Democrats appear to be fighting for everything else, from museums to abortion clinics to even the Earth’s environment.
President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., stressed this point Tuesday by calling attention to a stunning tweet posted by House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, one of the lead architects of President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment.
Republicans want to save your job, Democrats want to save the Picassos. https://t.co/hKleeKjvtw
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 25, 2020
In a tweet posted Monday, Nadler requested $4 billion in emergency funds for the nation’s already publicly funded museums.
He posted the tweet the same day that he and his Democrat colleagues in Congress torpedoed a desperately needed coronavirus emergency spending bill that would have provided immediate relief to the millions of business owners and workers suffering because of the ongoing social distancing efforts and local lockdowns.
Democrats rejected the bill because in part because, while it contained oodles of money for those in actual need, it lacked any funding and provisions for their pet projects, none of which have anything to do with the ongoing crisis.
A list of some of the items Democrats demanded be included in the coronavirus emergency spending bill can be seen below:
- $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Tax credits for solar and wind energy
- Tougher airlines’ emissions standards
- Special treatment for corrupt unions
- Elimination of U.S. Postal Service debt
- Same-day voter registration
- Early voting
- Federal $15 minimum wage
- Permanent paid leave
- Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
- Student loan forgiveness
- Restart of halted asylum process
- Rewrite of nation’s food stamp program
- Obamacare expansion
- Visa/work authorization extension
- Abortion funding
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has described the demands as a “socialist wish list.”
“Speaker Pelosi unveiled legislation aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 public health crisis by attempting to force the inclusion of a socialist wish list of policies that have nothing to do with the public health and economic emergency,” he reportedly said in a statement.
“Instead of working in a bipartisan, bicameral way to provide this immediate relief, the speaker has proposed legislation that includes highly partisan provisions while excluding key patient care provisions that would have a real impact on Americans affected by COVID-19.”
Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated his Democrat colleagues for their partisan obstructionism.
“Are you kidding me?” he said. “This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing to do with this crisis? That’s what they’re up to over there. The American people need to know it. Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal?”
Most of the provisions sought by Democrats mirror those contained in socialist Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s widely panned New Green Deal.
“I would like to see Senate Democrats tell the New York City doctors and nurses, who are literally overrun as we speak, that they are filibustering hospital funding and more masks because they want to argue with the airlines over their carbon footprint,” McConnell continued.
“I would like to see Senate Democrats tell small businesses employees in their states, who are literally being laid off every day, that they are filibustering relief that will keep people on payroll because Democrats’ special interest friends want to squeeze employers while they’re vulnerable.”
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“I would like to see Senate Democrats tell all the American seniors who have seen their hard-earned retirement savings melt away, as the markets track towards their worst month since 1931, that they’re continuing to hold up emergency measures over tax credits for solar panels,” he added.
Predictably, this “socialist wish list” has received scant coverage from the mainstream media, which instead have portrayed the Democrats’ obstructionism as a justified response to congressional Republicans sticking up for the wealthy.
“As Senate Democrats went to the floor Sunday night to vote — the first time they’d been there in days — they had one thing on their minds: a secret ‘slush fund’ for Corporate America,” Politico reported Monday.
“That’s what Democrats are calling a $500 billion ‘Exchange Stabilization Fund’ included in the massive Senate GOP proposal to rescue the U.S. economy from the coronavirus crisis.”
Republicans have pushed back on this partisan rhetoric by noting that unless corporations and small businesses are saved (not “bailed out”) with this so-called “slush fund,” millions of currently unemployed and/or laid off American workers will have no companies to return to once the coronavirus pandemic abates.
The new Democratic objection to the bipartisan bill – Ds call it that – is it helps companies too much. Companies that will be bankrupt in a month w/o loans, creating 20% unemployment.These same Ds insisted companies be mandated to provide paid leave? Do Ds want 20% unemployment?
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) March 23, 2020
How many people will lose their jobs if all the airlines go bankrupt? 10,000? 100,000? That’s why some of the money needs to go to businesses. You have to keep the hardest hit companies afloat so all of the workers don;’t end up unemployed. Economics 101.
— 🇺🇸Eric Carmen🇺🇸 (@RealEricCarmen) March 23, 2020
I repeat: it is NOT A BAILOUT to float zero-interest loans to companies affected by the government-imposed lockdown. This would like arguing it is a giveaway for me to compensate you after I drive my car through your living room.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 23, 2020
This of course is Economics 101, but sadly, it appears Economics 101 is a course that no Democrat in known history has ever successfully completed.
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