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Here’s the plan, Nancy

Did you see Nancy Pelosi’s press conference the other day? She put the current situation in as stark terms as possible with her poster:

The Democrats have already chopped a trillion off the bill they passed in the House three months ago. The White House is holding things up so it can eviscerate the postal service and Senate Republicans can’t agree on how stingy to be to the former consumers that they mined for profits last year.

I have no reason to doubt her. The Republicans decided to leave town until 9/17. Isn’t that nice? Well, technically all of Congress is on break but only the Republican Senators have decided to screw the unemployed.

Take a look at that chart. The GOP was willing to contribute $250,000 to anti-hunger initiatives. That’s less than Seth Myers has raised for City Harvest. It’s not an appropriation. It’s a collection plate.

One journalist asked if there was a way for Democrats to meet Republicans in the middle and compromise. Nancy did a variation of “bless your heart (you silly bint)”. Didn’t she see the differences on the chart? What is division by zero, darling? You are mistaking them for people who actually give a damn.

Ok, so this isn’t going to get solved until after Labor Day, at which point, the Republicans will start playing games with funding the rest of the government. Yes, it’s going to be nonstop chaos and cruelty for the next 80 days.

So what can we do?

Let’s start with the revelations in Michael Cohen’s book. Trump is up to his eyeballs in corruption. He has a very good reason to fear what will happen to him when he leaves office. There will be prison. Oh, no doubt about it. He’s a bad man, or hombre malo as we who took four years of Spanish say. Once he is indictable, he will be indicted. He knows it. We know it.

He’s going to pull out all of the stops to make sure he stays in power. Maybe the true definition of an authoritarian is someone who wields power for purely self interested reasons.

Now we come to the cost/benefit analysis. If we proceed with the election on the grounds that there will be corruption and chaos that will further destabilize the country and cost us trillions more to address, would it be better to cut a deal with Trump to make him go away?

Yep. I’m suggesting the crazy idea of paying him a couple billion and giving him immunity from prosecution in exchange for him declaring that his medical condition will prevent him from serving a second term. There will be conditions. He has to exile to some remote location, stop the endless interviews and television appearances and any lingering influence he might have. In other words, no one is to hear from him again except through his annual Christmas Card. Any violation of these conditions including committing any new crimes like money laundering and fraud, will result in prosecution. Take it or leave it.

He could live out the rest of his miserable life in luxury, shuffling around a golf course, and pretending he’s some kind of magically talented real estate tycoon.

If he goes on with the election and he loses and refuses to accept the results, all utilities will be cut off to the White House the minute Biden is sworn in. No electricity, water, WiFi, cell signals. All communication will be blocked. The airspace over the White House will be blocked. No Berlin style airlifts. In short, Trump and his army will be under siege in the White House while Joe and Kamala relocate according to pre-existing contingencies and life proceeds as normal with Trump and his retainers getting all grizzled and hungry. The rest of us will get on with our lives.

One other thing, if the outcome of the election is still in dispute by Inauguration Day, Trump’s term comes to an end anyway. Trigger Operation Starve the Bastard Out steps above. In such a case, the presidency falls to the speaker of the house until the election results are resolved.

Nancy can be merciful but I don’t think she’s going to tolerate a grown up toddler with oppositional defiance disorder one second longer than she has to.

Cut the deal, Democrats. Give annoying orange money to just go away. Maybe Jeff Bezos can fork over some petty cash for the cause.

It will save the country a lot of pain and money in the end.


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