Back in May when the House passed Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, we got another taste of just how far Democrats are willing to go to funnel money to their special interest buddies and buy a few votes while using coronavirus hysteria as cover.
In an article I wrote at the time, I warned my readers about how Republicans would join hands with their Democrat counterparts on the other side of the unibrow aisle to give Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer exactly what they wanted despite the protestations of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to the contrary at the time.
The GOP had already helped Democrats pass the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act only months earlier. And with Trump’s key negotiator on stimulus spending, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, dismissing concerns about how coronavirus stimulus spending was exploding the national debt, Republican
cooperation capitulation was inevitable.
How inevitable? Let’s just say that with coronavirus still making headlines, an economy bleeding jobs in the millions per week, four years of lies and broken promises, and an election only a little over three months away, it was as certain as the death and taxes they are passing on to our children and our children’s children.
Trump held a “let’s pretend to be fiscally responsible” meeting yesterday with Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin, and acting chief of staff Mark Meadows to come up with a way to give Democrats essentially everything they want in the next stimulus bill without being too obvious.
One of the proposals discussed was a $1 trillion bailout McConnell is preparing to roll out in the next few days. By the way, Trump “opposed” Mickey’s plan because it spends too much on coronavirus testing and lacks the payroll tax cuts he insists be included.
Besides being fiscally irresponsible, McConnell’s $1 trillion price tag is just another bait-and-switch designed to hide the fact that Trump, McConnell, and crew have already accepted Pelosi’s plan. Immediately following the meeting, McConnell was already on record downplaying his proposal as merely a “starting point” for eventual discussions — a clear admission that the GOP will work with Democrats.
Before coronavirus hysteria swept the nation, the federal government was already on the verge of permanent $1 trillion annual deficits thanks to Trump — who promised to eliminate the national debt in eight years — and Congress’ spending addiction.
It can be argued that Washington spending has finally reached the fiscal point of no return. But even if we’re not that far gone at the moment, this latest round of coronavirus bailouts serves as another example of how Democrats and Republicans continue to prove the words of Alexis de Tocqueville: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Perhaps we haven’t reached the end yet, but it won’t be long before we do if things don’t change.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.