Trump Weighs Imposing His Stimulus Plan, Constitution be Damned

Mish

Congress is still bickering over a Covid relief bill, so Trump proposes taking matters into his own hands.

Trump Eyes His Own Covid Stimulus Plan

President Donald Trump is looking to take matters into his own hands with an executive order.

Trump wants a suspension of the payroll tax, an extension of federal unemployment benefits with cuts the Republicans want, an eviction moratorium, and another round of individual stimulus checks.

"I will do it myself if I have to. I have a lot of powers with respect to executive orders," said Trump despite the fact he has no constitutional basis to do so.

Perhaps this is some ploy to get Democrats to negotiate. Regardless, threatening unconstitutional actions to get what you want is not a good plan.

Mish

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Zardoz
Zardoz

Deficit?

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Wait till he signs an executive order banning coronavirus...that will teach it not to mess with trump.

Serious question: Assume Trump magically signs xo or congress agrees on some relief, how many days before checks go out?

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CaliforniaStan
CaliforniaStan

"He’s the head of a country, and I mean, he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anything different,” Trump said about Kim Jong Un during an interview on Fox & Friends. “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” About Xi, he said, "“He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great,” " “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” Trump said, ""Then, I have an Article II, where I have to the right to do whatever I want as president.”

How is it that so many people can't see Trump wants to be dictator? He is not joking. He is not being sarcastic.

Jmurr
Jmurr

We left the constitution in the dust back in March when Trump, the governors and mayors suspended the bill of rights by executive decree.

shamrock
shamrock

Just declare an emergency and move money budgeted for the wall to corona virus relief.

njbr
njbr

He has dictator envy. After all, he ran his own company--why not the US?

Kim Jong Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissia--all good friends/lovers.

rafterman
rafterman

Lets go with Nancy Pelosi's latest plan of $3.4 Trillion, that's $10,300 +/- for every
person in the country. I'll be checking my mailbox for the $20,600 for the wife and I.

My daughter and son in law will get almost $62,000.

Briliant!

Quatloo
Quatloo

“Congress is still bickering over a Covid relief bill, so Trump proposes taking matters into his own hands.”

He learned it from Obama, who learned it from FDR

channelstuffing
channelstuffing

He's desperate,Trump will be only the 2nd president in history to run for reelection in a permanently collapsed dead economy,he tried using plays from the Obama playbook,ie pretend everything is in "recovery,pretend everything is "booming"and maybe the sheep will be dumb enough to vote you in for a 2nd tour.Worked like magic for Barak,not so much for Mr. T!

TonGut
TonGut

Clueless as he is, there is actually one things that could possibly be constitutional and that is a suspension of the payroll tax using his pardon powers. Although congress imposes the taxes, the President can pardon non-payers. And since he is head of the Executive branch he might have the executive power to direct the Social Security Administration to return payment and/or cease collecting the tax. That would completely bypass congress.

He certainly does not, however, have the executive power to extend unemployment, prevent eviction, or send stimulus checks.

Anna 7
Anna 7

“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” - Henry K.

If you read news closely about USA wars and finance, you might conclude the constitution does not mean much to the Republicrat uniparty.

magoomba
magoomba

Trump's plan is clearly superior in every way.
He's not going to make a constitutional issue of it.
It's just his way of pointing out what utterly useless and inhuman slimeballs our congress is infested with.
D and R BOTH, the swamp is the ONE truly bipartisan aspect of our gov.
While we have this guy, probably 4 more years, I hope as many heads roll as possible from BOTH sides of the imaginary aisle in the '20 and '22 elections.

Realist
Realist

Just imagine if Trump spent as much time and energy fighting the pandemic, as he does fighting everyone else in America. Then the US might have crushed the virus like many other countries have done.

Today's cases:deaths

US 55,148:1311

Canada 394:4

Italy 384:10

S. Korea 33:1

Then your economy can bounce back and you don't need to keep spending trillions to prop it up.

It is hard to understand how such a stable genius can't figure that out.

(I can see why Canada wants to keep their border closed to Americans by the numbers above.)

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I'm hearing chatter about critical infrastructure attacks coming this fall. This is straight out the GRU and Russian government playbook. They have disrupted many elections in places like Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere in eastern Europe. We should expect power outages and chaos come election day to cause confusion and limit voting. If Trump wants to stay in power I think this may happen sooner then election day. We are already seeing the postal service slow down which will impact voting by mail. Next will be limiting voting in critical regions in swing states on election day. This could happen by causing power outages as happen in Ukraine a few years ago during their election.

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

It was Obama who was widely applauded for, "If Congress won't act then I will."

Sechel
Sechel

So much for Congress and the "Power of the Purse"

Sechel
Sechel

Should be interesting to hear Barr's interpretation of Congress' Power of the Purse

Sechel
Sechel

so much for power of the purse and the constitution