Even in the middle of a worldwide crisis, some people will always be only out for themselves. All it takes is one simple look at what congressional Democrats are doing to realize this. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading the pack once again…
You would think that in a time when the world is hurting and Americans are suffering, our national leadership would be stepping up to do whatever possible to aid those in need. You would think that America and her billions of citizens would be their top priority.
And for some, we are.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit our doors, President Trump and his administration quickly came together to work out a plan. They created a stimulus package of sorts that would seek to not only keep citizens safe and as much out of harm’s way as possible but also give them the economic support they need. It was a thoroughly bipartisan effort with very little sense of politics involved at all, only the needs of the people.
But of course, Pelosi and her gang didn’t like it. So they pushed back, demanding extra money for things like abortion that had little to do with the virus created needs. And in doing so, they delaying funding to millions of Americans by weeks.
And now, that they finally agreed upon support has come and is quickly being used up. Pelosi is right back at it, refusing to give small businesses more funding, all the while criticizing President Trump for temporarily cutting funding to the WHO.
When Trump announced last week that he would be officially cutting aid to the World Health Organization that had so miserably failed the world in one of its greatest hours of need, Pelosi was furious. She went off on him in a public statement, accusing him of making “senseless” decisions in a time when his efforts were needed elsewhere.
She said, “We can only be successful in defeating this global pandemic through a coordinated international response with respect for science and data. But sadly, as he has from Day One, the President is ignoring global health experts, disregarding science and undermining the heroes fighting on the frontline, at great risk to the lives and livelihoods of Americans and people around the world.”
And she added, “This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged.”
While it is unknown just what kind of laws she thinks Trump is breaking in denying the WHO funding, one thing is for sure. She has absolutely no room to talk about making “senseless” demands in a time like this.
Even as I write, small businesses and individuals around the country are facing a financial crisis. They have lost their jobs, or soon will, if their employers can’t get the funding they so desperately need to stay open and operating.
When the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was included as part of the stimulus package put out by the government, was created, it included $350 billion set aside for small businesses. However, that money has already been used up, thanks to the incredible need throughout the country.
Congress, or at least the Republican half, knew this wouldn’t be enough, and so has spent the last week or more on getting newly appropriated funds to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). They are asking for an additional $250 billion.
But Senate Democrats, backed by the thoughtless Speaker, aren’t having it. Instead, they won’t agree to it unless, of course, they get a few things in return.
Naturally, Senate Republicans, as well as small businesses all over, are outraged.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a joint statement to say that “Democrats have spent days blocking emergency funding for Americans’ paychecks and now the bipartisan program has run dry. This did not have to happen. It has been stunning to watch our Democratic colleagues treat emergency funding for American’s paychecks like a Republican priority which they need to be goaded into supporting. Funding a bipartisan program should not be a partisan issue.”
But sadly, for Pelosi, it is.
The statement continued correctly saying, “The notion that crucial help for working people is not appealing enough to Democrats without other additions sends a strange message about their priorities.”
And indeed, it does.
Since when are partisan issues more important than the lives and livelihoods of the people who voted her into office?
The fact is, they aren’t!