In my last newsletter, I shared the frustrating news that talks to pass a fourth coronavirus stimulus package had stalled. Unfortunately, since then, negotiations broke down completely.
Congressional Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, refused multiple reasonable offers from the White House and Republicans, instead choosing to put their political self-interest above the needs of millions of Americans.
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board on Sunday hit the nail on the head:
“This is less a negotiation than a stick-up. The Democratic political calculation has been that Mr. Trump would listen to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and roll over again. This would let them impose much of their long-term agenda, divide Republicans in Congress, and set the table to make their welfare-state expansions permanent next year when they expect to run Congress and the White House.”
Pelosi and Schumer refused to budge from their outrageous demand for the President to support a massive $3 trillion package stuffed with a radical Leftist political agenda. In addition to all of their predictable demands such as stimulus checks for illegal immigrants and billions for various pet projects, Democrats attempted to force in several election provisions that would have enabled fraud-ridden universal mail-in voting, nationwide ballot harvesting, and bans on voter ID laws – all of which, of course, would benefit Democrats in November. If the President refused to surrender to these demands, millions of Americans would be hurt as the expanded unemployment benefits expired and the eviction moratorium ended.
Faced with obstinate stonewalling from Democrats, the President did the unexpected. He walked away from the toxic demands and acted himself to assist the millions put at risk by Democrats’ obstruction.
On Saturday, August 8, President Trump signed four executive orders to help Americans suffering from the economic impact of coronavirus. These orders will:
- Defer payroll taxes for Americans earning less than $104,000 to put more money in the pockets of workers
- Continue expanded unemployment benefits so out-of-work Americans can receive an additional $400 per week in jobless benefits from the federal government (on top of what’s already provided by the states)
- Extend the assistance to homeowners and renters so that no American is forced from their home during the pandemic
- Provide relief on student loans by allowing borrowers to defer payments and dropping the interest rate to 0%
As a Constitutional Conservative, I have long been concerned that Congress has ceded too much power to the Executive Branch and I’ve often voiced my opposition to executive orders.
With that said, this situation is unprecedented.
Congressional Democrats have made a wildly dangerous political calculation that imperils the lives of millions of Americans in the hopes of helping themselves in November.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer attempted to force President Trump into deciding whether he would cave to the Left’s radical agenda or risk seeing Americans go hungry and homeless. In effect, Democrats held the country hostage.
Even after four years, Democrats still don’t understand that President Trump doesn’t play by the traditional DC playbook. Faced between two horrible choices, the President carved out a third option by acting through executive order. I support President Trump’s executive orders and I applaud him for his bold action.