By David Glenn Cox
Just in time for holidays its, Donald Trump in “Home Alone!” The wacky story of an erstwhile billionaire left all alone in a big White House for Christmas. The place is emptying out like a high school fire drill with staffers anxious to garner that coveted gap in employment. The employees want to hit the clock, fearful Trumpy might pull the pin on a grenade or start playing with the nail gun again. It’s pretty hard to shine on interview questions when your resume says you worked for that crazy mo fo. “And what were your duties when you worked for the Manson Family?”
So, a gap in employment actually becomes preferable. “Yes, I’ve only been back in the country a few weeks. I’ve been feeding hungry children in Africa for the last four years. What’s been going on? Okay, you got me. I worked in the Trump Administration. But I didn’t do anything. I swear!”
Malaria Trump, First Lady by the hour has replaced her “Be Best” program with “Be Packing.” The poor unwitting victim of all this chained to orange Jaba the Hut. A simple porn model caught up in things which took her far from her expertise but as long as the checks clear, honey ride that gravy train. It’s payment in advance for a lifelong exile…the scarlet letter and a one-way trip to Elba. The polar opposite universe Jackie Kennedy. Even in a world where everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, it’s not fair being the butt of the joke. I mean in all honesty there are a lot of people I’d marry too, if they were fabulously wealthy that I probably wouldn’t otherwise consider. When you own your own jet, a bus pass kind of sucks. The bird in the golden cage the millionaire pickings are kind of slim these days. You take what you get and don’t be greedy about it.
But for those of us without a sugar daddy the future looks threatening. After initially rebounding, three poor monthly jobs report in a row point to trouble on the horizon. The labor force shrank by 400,000 last month and the participation rate is down nearly 3% overall. The economy is skidding while the unemployment numbers trend down, the numbers leaving the economy mask the unemployment problem. Fewer workers, fewer wages, fewer taxes collected, and more taxes needed.
The Democratic House has offered a $2.2 Trillion stimulus and a $1.9 trillion. Now they offer a $900 billion bipartisan stimulus and Mitch McConnell said, “No.” McConnell wants to stick to his guns holding firm on a $500 billion stimulus without any aid for state and local government and without aide to the unemployed at Christmas. It begs the question, “Can we speak to your supervisor?”
“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge. “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again. “And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. … I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge.”
We’ve learned a lot in the last hundred years its not rocket science. When the car starts to stall you hit the gas. This isn’t Democratic theory or Republican theory this is accepted theory the world over. Penny wise pound foolish, it’s a fire. If you scrimp on water now, you will still have a fire later and no water. Interest rates are at zero, and the banks aren’t going to open up to pass out money. The interest rate tool is broken and only spending remains.
McConnell hasn’t budged an inch since the crisis began, first advocating for states to bankrupt. An absolutely insane idea the equivalent to a nuclear 9-11. Not since Godzilla stomped down the streets of Tokyo would there be such a financial panic. McConnell no longer advocates for such a plan but works for it just the same. Why would the leader of the Senate advocate for a plan everyone has said is too small? A plan that plays favorites and helps no one. A plan that wastes the scant resources we have while ignoring the crisis at hand. Careening towards the guardrail he refuses to turn the wheel. While not alone in their “Fuck everybody” campaign, McConnell is their guru and their spiritual spokesman. McConnell could easily rubber stamp a package certain Trumpy would veto it letting him off the hook. Instead, he wants complete control. No screw ups and well if he gets Trumpy involved? Complete control.
You really begin to wonder staring into a reality of spaghetti and trying to figure out the end game. There are no winners in McConnell’s plan, not Main St., not Wall St. and certainly not the US economy. Millions of Americans will receive only anxiety for Christmas courtesy of the Republican Senate. For once, President AWOL isn’t responsible. Trumpy plays in the big White House doing his comic book Shakespeare routine. The King dethroned thwarting the intruders with his incredibly big brain and wacky cleverness. Meanwhile at the other end of the street, Mitch McConnell suffocates the economy for no good reason whatsoever that can be determined.
It boggles the mind as the dollars he wishes to save will be worthless anyway if the states begin to go under. A lot of pension funds and insurance companies would bankrupt only leading to a greater panic. A lot of foreign people would take it pretty hard, us cobbing them out their money. There is a big damn difference between can’t pay and won’t pay, one is an unfortunate inability, the other a crime. Like Stalin leaving the Ukrainians to starve, a crime against humanity. These children won’t get this Christmas back again and they are home alone and left behind.
“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
― Charles Dickens