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April 4, 2020

DDT: Week 167 – Diversions, Hiding Actions, & the $2.2 Trillion Giveaway

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 10:16 PM
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For the past week, Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) has either tried to create diversions to conceal his leadership or used COVID-19 to hide what he’s doing to the U.S. for his personal wishes. 

Diversions:

Announcing the deployment of Navy ships to Venezuela to fight drug trafficking in one of the largest military operations since the U.S. invaded Panama in 1989 to unseat Gen. Manuel Noriega. The action follows DDT’s attempt at a coup in Venezuela by indicting its president, Nicholas Maduro, and his top officials and military. DDT and State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo plan to create a five-member council without Maduro or Juan Guaidó to govern the country.

Tweeting a threat last Wednesday to attack Iran after he increased his sanctions regime on the country that are killing people there and his former threats and violence against Iran failed. DDT’s tweet stated “upon information and belief,” language sometimes used for allegations with no evidence.

Failing in his five-week-old Taliban “agreement.”

Withdrawing the third U.S. coalition force from northern Iraq two days after the Pentagon ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of U.S. combat in Iraq.

Knowing that North Korea fired its fourth launch of short-range ballistic missiles in March.

Inviting oil CEOs to the White House for a discussion about how to give them more money from the stimulus law after oil prices crashed. He also is bragging that he will help Saudi Arabia and Russia to end their price war. Today, he said he may put tariffs on oil imports.

Suggesting at one of his daily campaign rallies that everyone in the U.S. wear fake masks, such as scarves, whenever they go out of the house. The idea comes from the CDC which has been unable to provide testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and is still missing the results of half the 1.3 million tests it claims to have completed. At his declaration of the recommendation, DDT said he wouldn’t be wearing one.

Denying any “massive recession” after ten million people lost their jobs. DDT called the economic crisis “artificial because we turned it off.”

Actions DDT prefers to hide:

Firing Michael Atkinson from his position as intelligence community inspector general and putting him on administrative leave because Atkinson legally informed Congress about the whistleblower complaint regarding Ukraine. National security analyst Clint Watts compared DDT to far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who secured dictatorial powers this week through an emergency law passed by Parliament. The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) deputy director Donald K. Sherman said that people need to ask “what investigations or audits did Atkinson start in the last few months,” citing possible intelligence failures about COVID-19.

Firing Brett Crozier, captain of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, for trying to save the lives of the Navy members on his COVID-19 infested ship. His letter, requesting for “compliant quarantine rooms” on shore in Guam for his entire crew “as soon as possible,” appeared in the media. Crozier wrote the letter after a full week begging help to save the lives of his men and the number of infected men jumped from three to 100, a number that acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly could be hundreds when the testing of the crew is completed. Modley originally stated there would be no “retaliation” because that it was “what we want our commanding officers to be able to do.” The next day he said that Crozier had shown “poor judgment” and moved him out of the command.

Personal videos show huge numbers of the 4,865-member crew cheering him as he walks down the gangplank and off the ship. One caption: “The whole ship came out to say goodbye to Captain Crozier.” Roosevelt’s great-grandson called Crozier a “hero.” DDT said Crozier should have just asked him to get the men off the ship. Crozier did. [Sleeping quarters on an aircraft carriers.]

Appointing his personal partisan White House lawyer Brian D. Miller to serve as the inspector general to prevent fraud and abuse in the DDT’s gifts of $2.2 trillion. Miller was in charge of documents to protect DDT during the impeachment process. DDT’s Senate GOP minions are also continuing a probe into Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son. The burning U.S. has lots of fiddlers.

Accepting a National Labor Relations Board rule that eliminates “blocking charge policy,” which permits the delay of union election results if the employer is accused of unlawful coercion or other unfair labor practices. The rule also allows only 30 percent of a company’s employees to file for a union decertification in as few as 45 days after an employer voluntarily recognizes the union, giving a minority of workers to override the majority. The NLRB’s rule is at the same time that “essential” workers are protesting unsanitary workplaces and no protective gear. DDT’s new rule last month was allowing employees to cancel union dues any time after a year of membership instead of within the legal annual 15-day window. The Board’s goal is supposed to ensure workers rights.  

Refusing to allow an independent inspector general to report to Congress without “presidential supervision” and “will not provide documentation for audits into $500 billion in corporate bailout funds.” He claims that the constitution permits to do anything he wants through the “Take Care, or Faithfully Execute” clause in Article II, Section 3 that mandates a president “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The clause demands the president obey the law and cannot dispense with the law’s execution.

Asking Deutsche Bank for a delay in paying Trump Organization loans because of COVID-19 and requesting a suspension of rent payments on land for the Trump International Golf Club although DDT’s businesses are legally blocked from tapping into the $2.2 trillion “stimulus” bill.

Taking the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation from the tribe of 2,600 citizens that has been in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 12,000 years. The tribe was re-acknowledged and federally recognized in 2007 with 320 acres of land declared as the reservation in 2015.

Stimulus law problems:

Opposing the new law, the Labor Department is exempting many small businesses—defined by those with fewer than 500 employees and large businesses with franchises—with new policies. New guidelines permitting employers

  • To mandate certification of need for leave.
  • To have work for the employee for them to get paid leave.
  • To restrict when employees can get leave.
  • To define “heath care provider,” who doesn’t get leave during crisis, as anyone working for a company that employs health care providers.
  • To exclude “shelter-in-place mandates for paid leave.
  • To deny paid leave if the company closes the worksite by government directive that includes quarantine or isolation orders.

Restricting the number of people who get the magic one-time $1,200 check within the next five months, the IRS illegally refused to send money to over 15 million people who don’t file tax returns because of extremely low income, including “low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans, and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return [and don’t] owe tax.” After a public hue and cry, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin persuaded the IRS to follow the new law

Only dependents under the age of 17 will get the check; most high school seniors and college students—even adults classified as dependents—won’t get any money

If one person in a family, even an infant, doesn’t have a valid Social Security number, no one in the family will receive a payment. The only exception is for married couples if at least one of them is a member of the military and at least one spouse has a Social Security number. People who are overdue on child support could see their cash payments reduced or eliminated. 

Airlines may fire workers because taking a payroll “loan” allows the government “to take ownership stakes … in exchange for” funds used for this purpose. The government could have a 40-percent stake in companies that take the “loan.” Mnuchin was behind the 11th-hour change in terms that could lead to loss of jobs for flight crews and airport workers.

More stuff in the law:

  • Up to $170 billion for real estate investors who use real estate losses to minimize taxes on profits from investments such as the stock market
  • Elimination of tax changes that businesses conceded in the 2017 tax cut.
  • Permission to for-profit colleges to keep loan money for students who leave because of COVID-19.
  • Help for manufacturers of “innovative” sunscreen technology.
  • A six-month extension of funding for abstinence-only education that doesn’t keep girls from getting pregnant.
  • An expansion of health savings accounts services to benefit mostly wealthier people.

Amidst an hour-long monolog to Fox & Friends, DDT said about the Democratic push in the stimulus bill to make voting easier in a health crisis:

“They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

That’s the GOP position: Republicans would lose if eligible people were permitted to vote. That’s why they oppose mail-in voting, even during a pandemic, although three states already have the practice. The stimulus law has no funding for the post office which could shutter in less than three months with a negative net worth of $65 billion and an additional $140 billion in unfunded liabilities. The USPS is in dire circumstances because Congress requires savings for retirements for the next 75 years and won’t allow its fees to increase. Closing the post office before the fall election could be a GOP plan to eliminate voting.

COVID-19 statistics on April 4, 2020:

USA – 311,635 confirmed cases and 8,454 deaths (1,632,955 tests); world – 1,202,609 confirmed cases and 64,732 deaths in 205 countries and territories.     

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