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Predictable Headline.

Just saw this at The Washington Post:

{{rolling eyes}}

Let me see if I can interpret this into language we can all understand.

The stimulus spending means that someone is going to have to pay for it down the road and the wealthy and well connected, cough!, Republicans, don’t want it to be them. They might have to give up their tax cuts that go back to 1980.

Omg, they might take their dishes and relocate to another country!! Cue the fearmongering about all of us losing our jobs to India or Paraguay!!

It’s a bit too late for that, isn’t it?

But they have the money and the propaganda outlets so I’m sure it will only be a matter of days before we start having to care about their feelings more than the brutal austerity they want to impose on us.

Gosh, what might they have done differently? Oh, I don’t know, maybe got out of the game when they had gotten 90% of their wet dreams? Told their employees in the Senate to cut Trump loose as the reports from China were starting to filter in? Compromised on their extreme libertarianism and encouraged a federal response so we wouldn’t be terrified to leave our houses to go back to work?

I know! Maybe they could have exercised the self-control they’re always trying to impose on the rest of us and refrained from taking every last penny of stimulus money they could get their hands on.

So many possibilities. So little effort at doing any of them.

You know they’re going to go straight for the Social Security trust fund, right? Means testing, benefit cuts, asking for sacrifices to prop up the billions in lost 401k retirement funds.

Stay tuned…

The Mask

I know what you’re waiting for. You are waiting to see if Trump tests positive for Coronavirus.

I’m not going to guess whether you will be extremely upset, rejoicing or merely worried with “thoughts and prayers”. We all have different reactions to serious news. And that’s OK. I do not judge.

But if he does test positive and gets sick, then the effectiveness of his bravado schtick will be at an end. No doubt, Conway, McElheny and Pascale are busily working on a response to just this eventuality. Since Trump’s modus operandi is projection of strength, invincibility, blame shifting and denial of any responsibility whatsoever, he’ll probably have his valet metaphorically executed while he takes a much needed vacation at one of his many private resorts. He’ll pull a Kim Jong-Un, claim he’s needs an emergency appendectomy. D’OH! Perontinitis. Who could have predicted?? Shouldn’t have eaten all those nuts, know what I mean? Lengthy recovery required. Could’ve happened to anyone.

Then he’ll kick off his campaign. As soon as the doctor releases him, he’s going to be going to Birmingham, Alabama for the first rally of his campaign season and nobody with a mask will be admitted.