McConnell gives Pelosi an ultimatum she needs to ignore: Save the states or save lives

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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s game plan for the next big coronavirus stimulus bill became a little clearer Monday. After several days of railing against “blue state bailouts” and saying the states should just go bankrupt, drawing the ire of governors and a few of his Republicans senators, he’s now saying he’ll take the aid to cities and states hostage. Democrats can have it, he says, as long as he gets immunity from liability for companies that reopen too soon and make their workers—including healthcare workers—or customers sick.

That’s something that the Trump administration has been kicking around as well. Never mind the people it might kill, just as long as nobody is held responsible for those deaths. “We probably will do another bill. What I’m saying is it won’t just be about money,” McConnell said. “The next pandemic coming will be the lawsuit pandemic in the wake of this one. So we need to prevent that now when we have the opportunity to do it.” Never mind the body count.

He’s backed off the “send the states into bankruptcy” plan a bit, now saying: “I’m open to additional assistance. It’s not just going to be a check, though, you get my point?” McConnell said. “We’re not writing a check to send down to states to allow them to, in effect, finance mistakes they’ve made unrelated to the coronavirus.” He also said: “The fundamental point I was trying to make is that we’re not interested in borrowing money from future generations to help states solve problems that they created themselves,” McConnell said. “The bankruptcy suggestion would have been optional anyway. I wasn’t assuming many of them were going to take that option.” But it’s absolutely fine to steal a functioning government from future generations through massive tax cuts that starve it.

Here’s the thing though: McConnell is in no position to dictate the terms this time around. The Paycheck Protection Program with its “small business” loans in the big $2.2 trillion CARES Act, which was replenished last week with an interim infusion of funds, has proven to be not very good at what it was sold as: keeping small businesses—and their employees—afloat through the crisis. Too many very big businesses exploited it and too many small businesses have been left behind. It’s not doing the job McConnell promised.

He’s trying to ease his way into the reopening of the government that Trump wants, and he’s doing it with a diabolical scheme to allow businesses to get away with killing people. That’s not a bargain Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has to make.

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7 Comments on "McConnell gives Pelosi an ultimatum she needs to ignore: Save the states or save lives"

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Mary
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Mary

Okay, We need to shout this from the mountain tops… Mitch McConnell has no problem killing the American People by the millions to help his billionaire friends get their businesses back up and running on the blood and bones of the nation’s middle class.

He’s not proposing anything less than making the America Public into his personal gun fodder and shooting us into our graves with complete abandon.

This man is simply criminal and needs to be removed now, before he gets another American dead.

Gipper
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Gipper

What a great American this dolt is. As long as people die it’s okay with him. People of Kentucky vote this creatin out.

Mark Penny
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Mark Penny

Does Mitch realize that his first idea of letting states file bankruptcy would deplete and crash the stock market ? What’ wrong with his head?

Didi Magnin
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Didi Magnin

He is revolting! Physically and politacally!

Didi Magnin
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Didi Magnin
Didn’t spell that right! As a Brit, living in Switzerland- your politics in the USA shock me! We have a Federal govt too but the cantons work together to fight the COVID19 – we don’t have the Feds stealing the masks that canton govts paid for and other governors having to smuggle in masks! We have had confinement, which the Swiss have basically respected, also keeping the distance. Our President, changes every year, doesn’t have to spend millions to get elected – just has to be a good person! Anyone can become President – even from a working class background.… Read more »
David Bishop
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David Bishop

The USA has been the largest lie in democracy since the ’50’s. The matrix here is strong.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Someone needs to hold these republicans accountable. They are thumbing their red bulbous noses at the law and handing out money to big companies like its freakin Halloween. Save states, save lives, and lock up all republican crooks.