Congress – Business As Usual

It looks like our elected officials have “come together, for the good of the nation,” and they’ve “put aside the partisan divide,” and they’ve delivered to us a Stimulus Package, specifically targeting the dreaded Corona virus.

Hooray!!!!!! Way to go, all you Senators and Representatives — take a bow!!! What heroes you are!!! How hard you’ve worked!!! Bathe yourselves in shared glory!!! Drape yourselves in sanctimony!!! You had what it took to get the job done!!! Salvation is at hand!!!

But, hold on a minute folks……maybe we should take a look at how our heroes think the battle against the virus should be waged. What should our revered and compassionate elected officials include in the Stimulus Bill to combat the virus? What do they think is absolutely necessary and critical in the fight against this specific disease?

After checking the contents of that piece of crap that landed on the President’s desk yesterday, let’s see if we can find out which Senate and House members used this crisis for their own pet projects. (Rahm Emmanuel said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”) When, and if, we can find out who attached all this pork to crisis legislation, I’m proposing they be sent to federal prison for life — and that would be after we have a chance to provide them with a little “stimulation” with a cattle prod, for a minimum of 24 hours.

Be sure to check the number of zeroes for each item……it’s absolutely astonishing

“Breakdown list of the emergency stimulus bill from last night….

$25,000,000 for additional salary for House of Representatives (blows your mind, right off the bat!)

$100,000,000 to Nasa (because, who knows why?)

$20,000,000,000 to the USPS (because, why the hell not?)

$300,000,000 to the Endowment for the Arts (Ah, screw it – let’s do it! They’ll never know)

$300,000,000 for the Endowment for the Humanities (because, not that many people even knew that was a thing?)

$15,000,000 for Veterans Employment Training (for when the GI Bill isn’t enough)

$435,000,000 for mental health support (Man, oh man, thats a lot of suicide hotlines)

$30,000,000,000 for the Department of Education stabilization fund (Whoa, that’s a big one! Wonder how much goes to the NEA?)

$200,000,000 to Safe Schools Emergency Response to Violence Program (I guess the virus is kinda violent)

$300,000,000 to Public Broadcasting (NPR has to be bought & paid for by somebody. That somebody is you.)

$500,000,000 to Museums and Libraries (Who the hell knows how we are going to use it?)

$720,000,000 to Social Security Admin (But get this – of this, only $200,000,000 is to benefit people. The rest is for admin costs)

$25,000,000 for Cleaning supplies for the Capitol Building (Seriously, it’s on page 136)
Still reading through this crap?

$7,500,000 to the Smithsonian for additional salaries (Wait a minute, what about the virus?)

$35,000,000 to the JFK Center for performing Arts (See above)

$3,000,000,000 upgrade to the IT department at the VA (I guess $3 billion ought to cover it.”

$315,000,000 for State Department Diplomatic Programs (What the hell does this mean?)

$95,000,000 for the Agency of International Development (What’s this? Let’s keep the money here & clean up the streets of S.F. and L.A.)

$300,000,000 for International Disaster Assistance (Put this & the next one together & we’re starting to look pretty compassionate — globally, anyway))

$300,000,000 for Migrant and Refugee Assistance – pg 147

$90,000,000 for the Peace Corp pg 148 (Specifically to fight CoVid-19?)

$13,000,000 to Howard University pg 121 (Wonder what the university did to deserve this?)

$9,000,000 Misc Senate Expenses pg 134 (Otherwise known as Petty Cash – maybe it’s needed to settle all them, there harassment claims)

$100,000,000 to Essential Air carriers pg 162 (This is OK because the Airlines are going to need billions in loans to keep them afloat. Besides, $100 mil is chump change)

$40,000,000,000 goes to the Take Responsibility to Workers and Families Act. Pg 164 (This sounds like it’s direct payments for workers. Let’s hope so)

$1,000,000,000 Airlines Recycle and Save Program pg 163 (A cool $1B? What’s the hell is this program all about?)

$25,000,000 to the FAA for administrative costs pg 165 (Not even gonna ask)

$492,000,000 to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) pg 167 (Big ol’ money pit)

$526,000,000 Grants to Amtrak to remain available, if needed, through 2021 pg 168 (“If needed? If needed!” Tell me, what are the odds that it doesn’t go unused)
— Hidden on page 174 the Secretary of Transportation has 7 days to allocate the funds & notify Congress

$25,000,000,000 for Transit Infrastructure pg 169 (Why isn’t this in a separate bill? We need it, but what’s it doing in a Corona virus bill?)

$3,000,000 Maritime Administration pg 172 (Who knows? It’s a piddling amount anyway)

$5,000,000 Salaries and Expenses Office of the Inspector General pg 172 (This office has been pretty busy the last couple of years)

No voter ID to get a ballot, & anonymous “ballot harvesting” pg 650 (Hmmmm. Does the phrase “voter fraud” come to mind? Any price tag? What’s ballot harvesting?”)

$2,500,000 Public and Indian Housing pg 175 (CoVid-19 related?)

$5,000,000 Community Planning and Development pg 175 (See above)

$2,500,000 Office of Housing (See above)

$1,500,000,000 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Office of Public and Indian Housing. (See above)

$1,000,000,000 of which can be used as “additional administrative and other expenses”. pg 176 (That’s a billion we’re talking about here – billion, with a “b”)

$720,000,000 to the public housing fund pg 177 (CoVid-19 related?)

$100,000,000 for Community Block Grants for Native Americans pg 183 (See above)

$250,000,000 for Housing Block Grants for Tribes pg 182 (See above)

$130,000,000 for AIDS Housing pg 185 $20,000,000 of which goes to one time grantees, whatever that means pg 186 (See above)

$15,000,000,000 for the Community Development Fund pg 188 (That’s $15B!) Only $10,000,000 of which is set aside for infrastructure for fighting infectious disease pg 191

$5,000,000,000 in Homeless Assistance pg 193 (Aaahhh, what’s another $5B???)

$100,000,000,000 for Rental Assistance – pg 198 (Or another $100B, for that matter?)

An additional $7,000,000 enforce the Fair Housing Act – 203

Paid Family Leave for Sickness is 2 paid work weeks pg 213

Emergency Family Leave
Now applies to all employers not just companies over 500 employees pg 208

Guarantees paid leave to employees who have an in-law who gets sick pg 209 (In-law? Really?)

Opens up leave for someone you are in a “committed relationships with” pg 212 (What if there’s more than one? There could be several)

$1,000,000,000 for more Obamaphones! (That’s right, folks. A cool $Billion. Do you have any idea how stupid your Congressman thinks you are?)

Still reading……?

$227,000,000 for grants to States for youth activities pg 80

$261,000,000 for grants to States for dislocated worker employment and training activities, including supportive services and needs-related payments; pg 80

$10,000,000 for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs (What the hell? Thought this was supposed to be about the virus)

$100,000,000 for ‘‘Job Corps’’ (See above)

$15,000,000 for ‘‘Program Administration’’ (Who would want a program without an administrator or two)

$6,500,000, to the ‘‘Wage and Hour Division’’ (Who knows?)

$30,000,000, to OSHA (Guess they can’t get by on the fines they impose)

$10,000,000 for Susan Harwood training grants (You can bet this money will be well spent)

$1,300,000,000, for ‘‘Primary Health Care’’ (A billion-three? Who gets to spend this?)

$75,000,000, for ‘‘Student Aid Administration’’ (Enhancing our student debt fiasco)

$9,500,000,000, for ‘‘Higher Education’’ (Come on now!!! Somebody should be asked to explain this. $9.5 Billion??? Really??? Higher Education? Higher than what?)

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