Nancy Pelosi is sending signs that she is ready to once again hold Americans who have been economically devastated due to the coronavirus as her hostages.
The spiteful speaker who has refused to go back to Washington to do her job is now calling for $1 trillion in bailout money to states where Democrat governors have citizens and businesses under lockdown.
Pelosi’s obscene demand sets up what promises to be a battle royale in Congress as many Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been vocal in their opposition to bailing out the states.
McConnell was vilified by the media by suggesting that bankruptcy would be the best option rather than to saddle future generations with the burden of propping up states that have been financially mismanaged by Democrats and their failed policies.
U.S. state and local governments could need close to $1 trillion in aid over several years to cope with the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday as lawmakers began plotting more coronavirus relief legislation.
But the Democrat’s proposal drew an immediate negative reaction from an influential member of the Republican-run Senate, John Cornyn, who called it “outrageous.”
At a news conference, Pelosi said the Democratic-majority House of Representatives planned to return to session the week of May 11, but also indicated that could change, saying lawmakers are “at the mercy of the virus.” The Republican-run Senate returns next week after an extended recess.
Pelosi said money for state and local governments would be the core of the next legislative package Democrats draft to respond to the virus, although she also named other priorities, such as extending broadband access. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy also on Thursday endorsed talk of expanding broadband access. A bill has yet to emerge.
“I’ve talked about almost a trillion dollars right there,” Pelosi said of state and local government needs. “But we do have other issues that we want to deal with.”
“We’re not going to be able to cover all of it but to the extent that we can keep the states and localities sustainable, that’s our goal,” Pelosi said. Earlier, she had told CNN that the additional aid would be intended to help sustain states for up to four years.
With the prospect of being bailed out, blue states like New York, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois would have less incentive to end the lockdowns and put people back to work.
They could instead prolong the pain and further cripple the national economy with the unspoken goal being to also severely damage President Trump’s reelection chances in the process.
Trump has left open the possibility of bailing out the blue states but asked why taxpayers should bear the burden of saving “poorly run” states.
In a Monday tweet, the POTUS asked:
“Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as example) and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help? I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?”
That Democrats would burn America to the ground and destroy millions of lives if that’s what it takes to vanquish Trump is a given but what Speaker Pelosi is engaging in is the legislative equivalent of economic terrorism.