Ghost of Christmas Present
If Sen. Ron Johnson (Stupid Party) is worried about mortgaging the future for the Yutes of Today, wait until he hears about their present:
- The Labor Department reported that new unemployment claims rose to 885,000, up 23,000 from the previous week and is the highest weekly total since September.
- Nearly 13 million Americans are behind on their rent or mortgage.
- 27.4 million adults reported suffering from food scarcity.
Anyway, the Republican Senate is allegedly working on a Trump-Virus relief package this weekend, but whatever it is that they agree upon will be a shameful crumb fallen off of amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s magnificent wattles, and the only reason that they are negotiating at all is that David and Kelly are being hammered; he’s only worried about losing the gavel.
UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat leads their morning email thingie:
IN CASE IT WASN’T PLAINLY OBVIOUS, Senate and House negotiators hope to announce a Covid relief deal today. The government shuts down tomorrow night — they passed a short-term stopgap Friday night — and getting this $2 trillion package through Congress in one day will be a heavy lift, but will be necessary. There seems to be a recognition that the government needs to be funded by Monday morning, and that means a vote on this big package in the House and Senate on Sunday — or another stopgap.
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL spoke when the Senate convened at 11 a.m. “There’s a kind of gravitational pull here in Congress, where unless we are careful any major negotiation can easily slide into an unending catalog of disagreements. Let’s guard against that.”
“WE NEED TO CONCLUDE our talks, draft legislation and land this plane,” MCCONNELL said…
…HAS A PRESIDENT ever been so absent during a crisis? CONGRESS has been struggling with a Covid-relief deal, and the man who got to the White House on his deal bonafides has been completely silent, uninvolved and seemingly uninterested. … VP MIKE PENCE took his vaccine on live television, while PresidentDONALD TRUMP tweeted mask conspiracy theories.