The GOP Picked Their Hill To Die On. Call In The Bombers, Democrats.

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Evil has many tools. A lie is the handle that fits every one of them   Oliver Wendall Holmes

Well, it’s already time for the next episode of Fiscal Fun and Frolic! According to  multiple reports, the Klown Kar Klepto’s of the GOP Senate caucus have officially chosen their next hill to die on in the upcoming round of negotiations for continuing stimulus to the innocent victims of The Trump Economy. And this one should be something else to watch.

Apparently, the Senate GOP is willing to stand-til-the-last-man in order to protect their poor, helpless corporate oligarch donors from those ravening, greedy little peasant workers. The reports state that in return for more federal largesse for the people who elected them in the first place, the HOP will be insisting that language be included in the bill that releases businesses and corporations from any legal liability should they order employees to return to work, and the workers subsequently become sick from the coronavirus.

This is an issue that the Democrats must meet head on, and in fact they should relish this fight, simply because the issue is one that is so simple for them to turn to their favor. And the funny thing is, I’m not at all sure that the optics of this fight, and the resulting messaging nightmare for them, make this an issue that the corporate beneficiaries of such language really want to have at this time.

This whole fight appears to be stemming from what some people consider to be an implied release in El Pendejo Presidente’s latest brainless executive order. The popular theory is that since Hair Twitter used the Emergency War Powers Act to order the nations meat packing plants to reopen to ensure the food chain, that following this order somehow or other holds meat processing companies blameless for any ensuing illnesses in their plants, because they were only following orders. Hmmm, where have we heard that one before. And while this alleged exemption may give Tyson Foods nocturnal emissions, I’m not so sure it holds water. After all, the lowliest buck private in the US Army is expected, as a part of his oath to resist, and if necessary, disobey an unlawful or immoral order. And while Emperor Gluteus Maximus likes to refer to himself as a war time President, I’m not so sure that ensuring the supply chain for his 12 piece KFC bucket mandates negligent homicide.

The reason that the Democrats need to embrace this fight is that it is so easy to control the narrative. First of all, it allows them to portray themselves as taking the side of the American worker against the evil Goliath corporations, always a sure fire hit. second, it is easy for the Democrats to explain that it would be unconscionable for them to trade not only worker safety for a short term stimulus payment, but at the same time to be trading away the workers rights to sue for negligent company practices down the line should they occur. Not when all the GOP needs to do is to drop their craven, corporate giveaway demand for workers to get the help they need now, and retain their rights for the future. That possible GOP response is there to that, especially with November looming closer every day.

And as I mentioned earlier, no matter how much Moscow Mitch may be spoiling for a fight to finally put a marker on the scoreboard, I’m not so sure that American companies want to get into this right now. First of all, I’m not at all so sure that corporate America trusts the GOP Senate these days to be able to cobble up an exemption that would actually pass a court challenge should they fuck up. After all, their record in the courts these day’s ain’t exactly sterling silver. But second, when it comes to corporate America, actions speak louder than words, and right now, their inaction is screaming at the top of its lungs.

As I see it at the moment, corporate America seems to be more concerned with dealing with the new reality on the ground, rather than fanciful GOP bedtime stories about how to get around it. If you’ve been watching the news networks the last couple of days, you’ve seen coverage of the “grand reopening” of America, especially in places like Georgia and Florida. That coverage has included live remote reports from newly reopened malls. To me, those shots strongly resemble scenes from George Romero’s zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Escalators silently going up and down with no passengers, completely empty terraces and walkways, stores dark and shuttered. All that’s missing is the appropriate scary music.

Don’t get me wrong, reporting I’ve heard is that many major national chains will reopen when allowed to by state and local authorities, following local guidelines. They’ll do this, even knowing that they’ll lose money in the short term to show that they’re up and running, and safe then occupancy guidelines are loosened in the future. The national company that Teri works for is using the time to get and distribute masks for employees to wear, install hand sanitizing stations, and sanitize the stores while they’re empty. Her company is also buying those portable travel steamers for clothing, so that they can quickly sanitize garments left in the fitting room carts before hanging them back up again. Corporate America is not in this to make political statements, they’re in this to make money, and they’re taking steps to ensure that they can get back to it as soon as conditions allow.

This is why it’s going to be almost impossible for the current iteration of the Republican party to survive once His Lowness is gone. The party itself has become so totally, dogmatically, ideologically driven that common sense relocated to Portugal. They are picking a fight that they can’t possibly win, at the worst possible time, while their potential beneficiaries want nothing to do with them. Wadda way to run a railroad.

To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen

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27 Comments on "The GOP Picked Their Hill To Die On. Call In The Bombers, Democrats."

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JOHN D ACTON
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I love reading you. Repukelicans having to pay for their acts. I’m like god don’t let me die b4 Nov. I now have something to live for’

michaelscott
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What has to be considered is that the feckless Democrats are beholden to the same corporate donors as the Republicans.
Other than a few fiery floor speeches, I don’t have much hope that the Dumbocrats will not fall in line like always.

p j evans
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What color is the sky on your planet? Because it ain’t this one.

michaelscott
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Just going on how they’ve operated up to now.
Nobody hopes I’m wrong more than me.

dana fairfield
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How they’ve operated up to now? Nice piece of projection, since it is Republicans who operate that way. Otherwise, Pence would be at the top of the ticket.

catperson
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And I’m guessing it’s people like you that are responsible for trump. In your mind republican = Democrat.

michaelscott
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That would be a bad guess.
I voted for Clinton (albeit holding my nose) and she won my state.
I believe that it’s people like her, as well as her predecessor that are responsible for him.

Bareshark
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You ever hear that saying about being part of the solution or part of the problem, Michael? You best think long hard about which one YOU’RE being right now.

dana fairfield
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What do you mean by “her predecessor?” The people responsible for Trump are the people who voted for him. Trump is merely the symptom of a sickness that has been growing in the body politic for the last forty years, especially withing the GOP. There was a time when the GOP platform resembled today’s Democratic platform. “While jealously guarding the free institutions and preserving the principles upon which our Republic was founded and has flourished, the purpose of the Republican Party is to establish and maintain a peaceful world and build at home a dynamic prosperity in which every citizen… Read more »
Carroll Ann Robinson
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You bet. To even dance around blaming her predecessor, who would be, let’s name him shall we, Obama, is both silly and doesn’t match any facts I know in this universe. Much of this of course began with Reagan, and continued forward to the Tea Party and other anti-intellectual silliness, and then was fed into by the fact that the previous president had the audacity to be a very well-educated black man. Which is not something he can be blamed for. Trump’s antipathy mirrors that of his followers and I’d go so far as to posit that it is they… Read more »
walthp
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I would date it to further back than Reagan – I pick the introduction of the birth control pill and a bunch of conservatives starting to ‘educate’ the electorate to the right to get rid of that and all the loose morals that the pill started (in their eyes).

michaelscott
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But the question we need to ask is WHY did they vote for him? Sure you have the Trombies who like how he “owns the libs” and the tribalists who will vote for anything with an (R) next to its name. The big issue is the folks in critical states who voted for Obama in 2012, then for Trump four years later. Sure some just plain hated Hillary and would never vote for her, but a good portion were middle class folks that have been getting effed by Washington under both parties for years. Trump for all his faults is… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Well then to be fair most people voted for Hillary. “Obama and the Dems promised hope & change and failed to deliver.” Yes, they did,but don’t forget that during the first two years, the Dem Senate majority was in flux, what with a death here, a change of party there, and so on. From 2010 onward, Obama and the Dems faced nothing but opposition. I agree that there should have been some prosecutions. Lack of prosecution is a long-standing political problem that predates Obama. Even so, GOP administrations have far more of their associates indicted, convicted and /or incarcerated than… Read more »
michaelscott
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We need to abolish the Electoral College and private financing of elections if we’re ever going to be a true democracy.
Twice in the past 2 decades the popular vote winner has not become president. Sadly, both times it favored a Republican. Had it gone the other way only once, the EC would be gone immediately.

dana fairfield
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A study found that an Electoral College mismatch will almost always favor the Republicans sometimes by as high as 67%. The GOP knows this, so don’t hold you breath. However, I agree it needs to be abolished. It no longer serves any of its purposes, including the failsafe provision when the electors failed the country when they had a chance to elect somebody like Romney which would have honored the fact that the GOP (not necessarily Trump) won the Electoral College while putting in a reasonable person.

mb
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That definitely doesn’t sound like today’s GOP. Sounds like a platform for the Dems.

dana fairfield
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Yep, that’s the point,and an indication of how far right today’s GOP has lurched.

dana fairfield
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It is counterproductive to implicitly ask the Democrats to “not fall in line” while simultaneously attempting to insult them with juvenile name punning. Besides, you it all wrong. Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line.

michaelscott
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When someone says “Vote blue no matter who”, I hear “Fall in line”.

dana fairfield
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That is a brand new motto that only emerged because the GOP has proven themselves incapable of governance.

frank c barone
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Just brilliant. Thanks!

Charles Dixon
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Texas is re-activating the requirement that laid off workers have to apply for a job every week. While millions are laid off, thousands at their plant. Or they lose unemployment payments.

Miranda
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I am delighted to see that you are using my phrase to call El Pendejo Presidente. I made that up and told one of our bus drivers (he is Hispanic) and he almost died laughing.