Our Failed Political Press
Guys, today is it: if Prznint Stupid doesn’t sign the damn bills, expanded unemployment benefits stop, and for millions of Americans, that’s pretty much all that they got.
Politico’s morning email thing begins thusly:
IF YOU’RE A GIG WORKER or a freelancer or you’re self-employed, your jobless benefits run out today. Yes. Today. There’s a bill that would fix this that passed both chambers with massive bipartisan majorities — and it’s in Florida awaiting President DONALD TRUMP’S signature. This same bill, of course, would prevent the looming government shutdown the day after tomorrow.
And of course, the gossips there highlight a tweet from the official Eunuch of the House of Trump:
WE GOT A SLIVER OF INSIGHT into the president’s thinking. Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) spent “some time” with TRUMP on Christmas. He tweeted: “I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection.”
Here’s the full tweet, which oddly Tiger Beat does not include:
And I wonder which of his two objections really drives his putter. Also: Senatorette Graham, YOU are a member of Congress, you could do something other than play golf. But I digest…
“Apartment tenants who have fallen behind on their rent face catastrophe at the end of the year, as Congress and President Trump have yet to approve emergency aid for renters or extend an eviction moratorium beyond Dec. 31, when it is set to expire.
“An estimated 11.3 million households in the country are behind on rent or won’t be able to pay next month according to the Census Bureau, creating a backlog in unpaid rent estimated at $70 billion by Moody’s Analytics. Landlords have responded by filing hundreds of thousands of eviction notices at local courthouses around the country, cases that are ready to advance once moratoriums are no longer in place.
“An avalanche of evictions could add to the severe economic distress already being felt by middle- and low-income Americans. People are lining up at food banks in record numbers. Nearly 8 million people have fallen into poverty since the summer, according to a recent study.”
The NYTimes (emphasis mine):
“If Mr. Trump signs the bill on Saturday, states will still need time to reprogram their computer systems to account for the new law, according to Michele Evermore of the National Employment Law Project, but unemployed workers would still be able to claim the benefits.
“Further delays could prove more costly. States cannot pay out benefits for weeks that begin before the bill is signed, meaning that if the president does not sign the bill by Saturday, benefits will not restart until the first week of January. But they will still end in mid-March, effectively trimming the extension to 10 weeks from 11.”
So for every day that Lord Damp Nut dithers, it is a day that is not recouped later, it is stolen (as it were). I shouldn’t give him ideas.
Did anyone else notice something missing? It seems odd to me that our Failed Political Press has somehow left out how we got here. Not only is the Trump-Virus mismanagement never mentioned, the high unemployment rate is not mentioned, the intransigence obstruction of Mitch McConnell not mentioned, in fact the words Republican Party are not mentioned.
Weird how this stuff just happens on its own, innit?
UPDATE 1: We are not alone