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0751, 25 Mar 20

Washington Reaches Deal to Spend Money we Don’t Have

No, we don’t even know what is in the bill. What I can guarantee you is that for every dollar spent on something worthwhile, two dollars will be wasted or lost to graft. We are mortgaging our grandchildren’s future because of our bad governance today.

“In effect, this is a war-time level of investment into our nation,” said McConnell, who promised the bill would rush financial assistance to Americans through direct checks to households, enhanced unemployment insurance, hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency loans to small businesses, and more resources for hospitals and medical equipment.

The Senate has yet to release the final terms of the deal. An earlier draft seen Tuesday would provide cash payments of up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples and $500 per child, reduced if an individual makes more than $75,000 or a couple makes more than $150,000.

The draft language also stipulated a $350 billion fund for small businesses to mitigate layoffs and support payroll.


0751, 25 March 2020


  1. steveegg

    Only $2?  Especially when independent contractors who never paid into the various unemployment insurance funds (and likely still wouldn’t – nobody has the actual text of the bill) get to collect unemployment?

  2. jjf

    It’s a good thing we have a Grifter In Chief and all his family around him, like some corrupt tiny nation.  He’s a smart guy.  He’ll know what to do.

  3. Mar

    And yet, you and jjf refuse to say what liberal would do a better job.
    Shame, shame, shame.

  4. Mar

    Sorry, should be ” you and Le Roi”.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    At the risk of local liberals agreeing with me onthis:  Awful. Just awful.  Pork-palooza.   Government picking winners and losers again.

  6. jjf

    Mar, I said Le Roi would do a better job.  And he said I’d do a better job.

  7. Pat

    Thank you President Trump. The winning continues,

  8. Pat


    I could name a couple individuals, on both the liberal and conservative side, who could/would do a better job than Trump. But you’d go into a full fledged denial mode and say no one could possibly be better than Trump. So I won’t waste my time mentioning them.

  9. Mar

    Pat, I think Trump is doing a very good behind the scenes in getting everything coordinated and working with the private sector, military, medical professionals and others.
    His speeches are not impressive to me.
    So, who could do a better job than Trump?
    No one has named anyone yet.
    Please do.

  10. Mar

    And there is one person who might do a better job and that is Nicky Haley.

  11. Pat

    I think Pence is doing most of the work.

  12. Mar

    Pat, I agree but you know Trump likes to be in charge, no matter the issue.

  13. dad29

    mortgaging our <strike>grandchildren’s</strike> great-great grandchildren’s  future

    Fixed it for ya.

  14. Pat


    Do you think there will be death panels?

  15. Mar

    Pat, no because they will have enough hospitals with ventilators set up by the military.
    In NYC, it might be close, but they are getting a lot of help.
    And if necessary, they send patients to hospitals that are away from NYC, where they have room.

  16. jjf

    Oh Mar, you are hilarious.  You honestly think that’s what going to happen, and that’s what’ll save this situation?

  17. MjM

    $25,000,000 Kennedy Center
    $75,000,000 Corporation for Public Broadcasting
    $75,000,000 National Endowment For The Arts

    This is your go’vment ‘stimulus’ package.

  18. Pat

    Thank you President Trump! Another win!

  19. Mar

    jjf, how long have you worked in the medical field? How long have you worked in EMS? How long have you as a firefighter th ad t responds to rescue calls?
    How long have you studied mutual aid?
    How much reading of firefighting and EMS books and magazines?
    If the answer is 0, then shut up. You have no clue and you speak as an ignorant 5 brain cell moron.

  20. Mar

    And jjf, you really in your heart, hope that there are death panels with the maximum number of deaths.
    You have shown your hatred of President Trump and you hope and and pray he fails at every turn.
    And that means maximum deaths and death panels.
    You are a very sick person.

  21. jjf

    Mar, what do your magazines tell you happens when all of a region’s hospitals are overwhelmed?  Isn’t that what everyone is warning will happen soon, and that’s what they want to avoid?  Do they try to build wards in tents in the parking structure, right, and they’ll use you to keep squeezing a bag on someone who would rather have a ventilator?

  22. Mar

    Again, jjf, you don’t know crap. You you look at the worst case scenarios and pray that it will happen.
    But I look at the real world and understand what happens when hospitals are not able to handle a particular.
    You hate it when thing something good happens to Trump, like when lives are saved.
    I understand what mutual aid means.
    You are you abd your ever shrinking brain, down to about 2 cells by now, have clue what hospitals can do in emergencies. You pray for death panels.
    I’ve participated in emerergecy drills in both the hospital and EMS settings.
    jjf, you just don’t know crap.

  23. Mar

    Should be ” handle a particular case”.

  24. jjf

    Mar, you and I don’t have the same world and job experience.  If you don’t know my job, does that make you an idiot?

  25. Pat

    Trump has a new 2020 slogan to run on, “Make America Great Again, Again”.

  26. Mar

    Pat, that was good.

  27. Mar

    jjf, if I don’t know your job, I would admit it.
    I would not pretend I know it.
    And I think you work with computers and will say here, I know very little about computers and I would listen to your experience.

  28. jjf

    Precisely why I listen to professionals in health care and epidemiologists, and not so much to anonymous armchair enthusiasts on blogs.

  29. Mar

    And you choose to listen to the Chicken Little, the sky is falling crowd.
    You also like to follow theory instead of facts.
    That’s why you sound like a fool.

  30. jjf

    Mar, if only you could agree with yourself.  There’s something comical about armchair epidemiology.  BuT wE dOn’t KnOw tHe deNomiNaTor.

    As if the professionals didn’t didn’t consider everything, as if their entire flippin’ career isn’t all about validating the numerator and the denominator and so much more.

    You want us to respect your authority, but everyone else is full of it, right?  You were an EMT but those Ph.Ds don’t know sheet?

    P.S.  Theories are useful because they’re a lot like facts, and they’re based on facts.  You have a better theory?

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