Th-d-uh th-d-uh th-d-uh th-th-that’s all folks! – President Donald Trump, in a likely signal that he is basically giving up on being able to reverse the clearly fraudulent outcome of the 2020 election, agreed to sign the 5,600 page, $2.4 trillion omnibus spending package that included a paltry sum of money for COVID relief amid its thousands of pages of pork spending.
At the same time, the President invoked the terms of the essentially useless Impoundment Act of 1974, sending a “special message” to congress seeking permission to refuse to spend money attached to many of the absurd provisions in the legislation. A majority vote in both houses of congress would be required for congressional approval, and that will not be forthcoming in either house of this most detestable of congresses.
The lone “victory” the President was able to claim on Sunday was the extraction of a promise from congressional leaders that they will vote this week on another bill that will add more COVID-related “relief” spending, thus piling hundreds of billions more dollars onto the domestic debt. Eligible Americans will receive either $1200 or the $2000 the President himself requested, rather than the $600 initially allocated by congress.
From a story at JustTheNews.com:
President Trump on Sunday night signed a $2.3 trillion federal spending and COVID relief bill, averting a government shutdown and ensuring millions of Americans continue to get unemployment benefits.
Despite his misgivings about wasteful spending and low stimulus payments in the bill, Trump said he signed the legislation because “I have an obligation to protect the people of our country“ from further economic devastation. He said, however, “more money is coming” as Congress votes this week on larger checks.
The president on Sunday also invoked the 1974 Impoundment Control Act to demand “rescissions” be made to the spending measures. Under the Act, a president can seek congressional approval to rescind funds by sending a special message to Congress identifying the amount he proposes to cut, the reasons for it, and the economic impact.
So, what we have here is, for all intents and purposes, unilateral surrender by President Trump on this legislation, accompanied by a pretty pitiful attempt to save a little face. Since delivering his 4-minute speech last Tuesday demanding a new bill that cut the pork and increased help to the American people, the President has of course been pilloried by the corrupt news media, along with congressional Democans and Republicrats, many of whom have their own financial futures tied up in the hundreds of pork provisions contained in the bill.
By signing this 5,600 page monstrosity, President Trump is symbolically tossing in the towel, signaling to his enemies that they have won. With the fight taken out of him on this issue, and with his legal team having failed to win any significant court challenges to the fraudulent election, it seems likely that the tossing in the towel is not limited to this single issue.
It’s been hell of a ride, but the days of winning may well have come to an end.
That is all.
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