Monday, August 10, 2020

Nerf Vibrator

From the Washington Post:

Trump’s new executive actions to disburse coronavirus relief without congressional approval sparked confusion and frustration on Sunday among businesses, Democrats and state officials, some of whom lamented the moves would not deliver the necessary relief to cash-strapped Americans.

Trump’s directives were aimed at offering new unemployment benefits, protecting renters from eviction and postponing the payment of a federal tax. But some economists and experts faulted these policies as incomplete or legally questionable — raising the prospect that the president’s attempt to boost the economy may have only a muted impact.

One of the orders allows employees making less than $104,000 to delay until January payment of a payroll tax that funds Social Security and Medicare. Trump added he would try to change federal rules next year to make the deferred payments into a permanent tax cut — but only if he is reelected.

The tax is typically taken out of paychecks by employers. And businesses, payment processors and economists signaled Sunday in the absence of a guarantee that the payroll taxes actually will be absolved, businesses would be unlikely to alter worker paychecks.

So it was all a show; not only will it not help the people that need it the most, it could come back to bite them when the postponement of the payroll tax comes off and it has to be made up.

The end result is that not only were the executive orders questionable and surely a violation of the Constitution — as if that matters to him — they will have little to no immediate impact, and will actually make it worse.

Hey, all you seniors who love Donald Trump. Not only does he consider you all expendable (practically dead already) to the economy with COVID-19, he’s intent upon ending Social Security and Medicare.

Anyone who gets this “tax relief” had better save the money because they’re going to have to pay it back next year when they do their taxes if Trump loses. If he wins they’d also better save their money because all their older relatives will be moving in with them. Maybe Trump will let you write them off as dependents.

And speaking of making it worse:

The number of coronavirus cases reported to date in the United States topped 5 million on Sunday, meaning that more than a million cases have been reported in the past 17 days alone. The tally has doubled since late June, and now accounts for approximately a quarter of all cases reported worldwide.

Remember when the GOP went nuts when President Obama used the pen-and-phone executive orders method to get around Congress? So what are they saying now?  At least a Nerf vibrator won’t kill you.

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