According to History Incumbents Tend to do Poorly in Their 1st Debate…

While history will show that incumbents (presidents) usually don’t perform well in the 1st debate. I don’t know if we can apply those same rules to someone like Donald J Trump.

In 2012 then President Barack Obama went into his 1st debate against Mitt Romney, with a little cockiness and did not emphasis debate prep work. A hour later Obama walked off the stage rocked by a well prepared Romney.

Obama would regain his debate form and arguably won the next 2 debates (or tied) and went on to a 2nd term as president of the United States.

So what is it about the first debate for incumbents? It’s actually pretty simple. A president tends to be busy with domestic/foreign affairs, you know being presidential. And after 4-years of being president there is not much debating you are doing. The closest thing to it would be holding a press conference and taking questions from the media.

But those same rules don’t really apply to President Trump and Joe Biden will have to be on his game. So what makes Trump different?

He doesn’t care about facts or being correct. Trump cares about embarrassing and making sure he’s not embarrassed. So he will do what he has done best for his entire career… Attacking people and telling lies, and Biden has too be careful not fall into the trap of trying to counter Trump’s BS and stick to his script. Every once in awhile throw in a zinger and Fact-Check Trump but do go down a rabbit hole.

For Trump, he just has to be Trump, and that means we have no idea what he will be!

Republicans Hated Executive Orders When They Were Used by President Obama…

Republicans hated Executive Orders (EO) when they were used by President Obama. During the Obama presidency, EOs were used 276 times, in response to Republicans in Congress trying to obstruct his every move.

With every EO signed by Obama, Republicans would accuse Obama of overreach.

“He’s not a king, he’s not a dictator, he’s not allowed to do it himself.” – The-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

“Barack Obama is a king, not a president.” – Fox News

“He may think he’s king, he may declare he’s a king, but that’s not what he is under the Constitution… He has rewritten the Constitution for himself as a part of his effort to fundamentally transform the United States of America.” – Then-Representative Michele Bachmann

And last but not least…

And now we have Pres Trump signing EOs like there is no tomorrow. His latest EOs to address much needed Coronavirus relief, may prove to be the biggest power grab of authority. Democrats in Congress and some Republicans have expressed their concern over this latest move by Trump. It remains to be seen if Dems will take Trump to court to prove the validity of his EOs.

Dems should take Trump to court and continue to work to get a deal done to extend Coronavirus relief. With every day that passes by Trump figures out a new way to ignore the Constitution.

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Congress and White House Fail to Extend Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer today and left the meeting with no deal in sight. According to both sides, there is bipartisan agreement on many issues but still disagreements on key parts of extending the much needed Coronavirus Relief package.

“I think there’s a lot of areas of compromise. I think if we can reach an agreement on state and local and unemployment, we will reach an overall deal. And if we can’t, we can’t…” – Steve Mnuchin

After meeting with the Dems, Mnuchin and Meadows met with the press and announced they will recommend President Trump use executive orders to help address assistance for renters, student loans and unemployment insurance. 

“We’re going to take executive orders, to try to alleviate some of the pain that people are experiencing,” – Mark Meadows

Now, what kind of executive orders can Trump enact? I have no idea, so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with.

The problem with ALL of this, is that it should have never reached this point where enhanced UI ($600) and now PPP have expired.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi passed the Heroes ACT ($3 Trillion dollars) back in May, and includes the following:

  • Stimulus Check – Individuals earning up to $75,000 would get a one-time $1,200 check. Couples earning up to $150,000 would be eligible for $2,400
  • Hazard Pay – $200 billion for hazard pay
    • Given to a wide variety of “essential” workers, including doctors, nurses and other frontline medical personnel, police officers, firefighters, social workers, grocery clerks, postal workers, and childcare and cafeteria workers
    • A $13-an-hour raise paid until workers receive a total of $10,000 if their regular pay is less than $200,000 per year. Or up to $5,000 total if they make more than $200,000 a year
    • Paid for 60 days after the pandemic ends if the $10,000 or $5,000 totals aren’t reached first
    • Distributed by employers, who will apply to the government for hazard pay, add it to their workers’ paychecks, deduct payroll taxes from all hazard payments
  • Unemployment Benefits – The HEROES Act would extend the benefits from the CARES Act, including the extra $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, through January 31, 2021. If you’re already receiving Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), your payments could be extended to March 31, 2021
  • Student Loan Forgiveness – The CARES Act suspended interest and payments for most people with federal student loans through September 30, 2020. Interest will not accrue during that period. The HEROES Act extends that break for another, year through September 30, 2021, and expands it to all federal student loans, including Federal Perkins Loans and some other loans
  • Rental Aid – provides approximately $100 billion for rental assistance. An existing nationwide grant rental assistance program would verify a tenant’s inability to pay rent and give vouchers to cover the cost of rent and utilities. It would also extend the ban on evictions for nonpayment for a year following its enactment date
  • Mortgage Relief – The bill also provides $75 billion for a homeowner assistance fund intended to prevent mortgage defaults and property foreclosures

Realistically speaking there is no way Republicans will agree with all of the above (Republicans want to reduce the UI from $600 to $200 (may go as high as $400)), but there is plenty of room for compromise. Unfortunately Senate Republicans and the White House waited until the Monday before the Employment Benefits expired to start negotiations. And now there is the pressure to get something done to help struggling families.

One compromise that could work was floated by a bipartisan group of economist who worked with the Obama and Bush Administrations. They proposed that Congress extend the enhanced unemployment insurance at $400 a week, and then tie the bonus payment to the unemployment rate in each state. As the unemployment rate falls, the bonus would decline.

As of right now, there are no new negotiations scheduled for this weekend. Hopefully both sides will come back Monday ready to make some kind of deal.

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

I’m a Liberal, Don’t Take My Word On It When it Comes to Pres Trump…

When it comes to President Trump, any criticism of him is usually brushed to side as just hate from the Liberal media and Liberals in general. That’s cool, because no one can argue that, as we are more partisan now than at any other time in our history.

And that’s fine, you can call my thoughts and opinions as biased, but can you dismiss a conservative who criticizes Trump?

SE Cupp of CNN is far from a Liberal and she is no “Rino” (Republican In Name Only). Cupp has been very critical of Trump and his administration, going as far to say that “the president is not well…”

Don’t take my word for it, checkout Cupp’s latest episode of ‘SE Cupp’s Unfiltered’

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Senate Fails to Pass $2T Stimulus Package

This really shouldn’t be difficult, but unfortunately this is the reality we live in. Senate Democrats argue that the current $2T Stimulus Bill contains a $500B lending program aka “slush fund” the Treasury Dept controls and will allow them to select who will receive the the funds. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats maintain that the package should be more heavily favored for the people, and restrictions for how companies will use the money.

Republicans on the other have accused the Democrats of playing politics, and not having the urgency needed to help Americans out of work due to COVID-19 pushing Mayors/Governors to lock down cities and states.

So who is right?

I don’t know, but lets re-visit the not too distant past for some insight. Look back to late 2008 during the financial crisis, the last stimulus package that bailed out the automobile industry and big banks (TARP). While the bailout was praised for saving the auto industry and stabilizing the banks, the major criticism of the bailouts was that it was not felt by the people. President Obama himself admitted that not enough was done to help Americans directly who were had underwater mortgages.

With that said, is there some kind of rule against splitting this stimulus up into 2 parts? One for the people and one for the large and small businesses. I think everyone can agree on sending Americans money, either $1200 or $2000. That can be ironed out, so why not come to an agreement on a stimulus for the people first instead of trying to package a huge bill that includes a stimulus for business?

If you quickly get something out for the people and then separately tackle a stimulus for the businesses. You can provide the people will relief while taking the time necessary to put together a business stimulus package that restricts how the money is used (buybacks or paying bonuses to execs).

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Senate Republican's Stimulus Bill Not Doing Enough for the Poor

When everyone can agree, with COVID-19 shutting down cities in the United States and countries in Europe. A stimulus to get the people thru these tough times is necessary, unfortunately Republican Senator Mitch McConnell sent a stimulus package that doesn’t really help the most needy.

The legislation would provide checks of $1,200 per adult for many families, as well as $500 for every child in those families. Families filing jointly would receive up to $2,400 for the adults. The size of the checks would diminish for those earning more than $75,000 and phase out completely for those earning more than $99,000. The poorest families, those with no federal income tax liability, would see smaller benefits, though the minimum would be set at $600.

Washington Post

Limiting the payment amount for those without federal tax liability was a change from the original White House proposal, and caught some Republicans off-guard, provoking criticism. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted: “Relief to families in this emergency shouldn’t be regressive. Lower income families shouldn’t be penalized.”

Washington Post

An early analysis showed the vast majority of middle class people would receive the cash payment, but the percentage doing so falls dramatically toward the bottom of the income distribution. About 22 million people earning under $40,000 a year would see no benefit under the GOP plan, according to an initial analysis by Ernie Tedeschi, a former Obama administration economist.

Washington Post

It’s not that McConnell’s payouts are less than what others like Senator Cory Booker and Maxine Waters have suggested ($2K). The issue is with the provision that would limit the amount for those without federal tax liability. A provision that even caught the White House by surprise. As noted in the Washington Post McConnell’s proposal would prevent approximately 22 million people earning under $40K a year. THe people who need the stimulus the most!!!!

Meanwhile McConnell’s proposal would take care of the wealthy. How many times do the people have to be slapped in the face in favor of big corporations receiving tax breaks?

Action is needed, but we need the right action to happen!

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Rand Paul Working to Expose Whistleblower…

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is on that bullsh*t, lets be honest.

Today Rand Paul blocked a senate resolution that would have restated the Senate’s support for whistleblower protections, because he supports the notion that President Trump should be able to face his accuser, as allowed by The Bills Rights. Paul went on to introduce his own legislation that included the president’s right to face his accuser along with the following,

“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country. All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,”

The Hill

Paul is picking and choosing what should apply to the president. If Paul feels so strongly that the president should be afforded the rights of every other American, shouldn’t that also include that the president can be indicted if he commits a crime?

What is it about Trump that Republicans trip over themselves to protect him and ignore the facts that are in plain sight?

Now Rand Paul is threatening to expose the identity of the whistleblower… What about the Whistleblower Protection Act??

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Prince Estate Reminds the Trump Campaign to Stop Using the Singer’s Music

In October of 2018, the estate of Prince sent a letter to the Trump campaign requesting that they no longer use any of the deceased singer’s songs at any Trump campaign events and activities. The Trump campaign responded that they acknowledged the request and will no longer use Prince’s music to avoid any “future disputes”.

This request was not unusual as other artist expressed similar displeasure in Trump’s campaign using their music.

Of course this didn’t stop Trump from using Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ at his recent 2020 campaign event in Minneapolis.

Why ‘Purple Rain’? Well, it’s the campaigns hope that they can change the state from ‘Blue’ (Democrat) to ‘Red’ (Republican) for his re-election bid. It’s their hope that Minnesota is up for grabs which would make it a ‘Purple’ state.

This didn’t go over well with The Prince Estate, and they let it be known

Prince believed in owning his music, and fought hard to make that happen, just for situations like this. So far there has been no response from the Trump campaign, but they better not play with the estate. The last thing want is to have Prince’s ghost haunting them.

As always…

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News

Over the years Shepard Smith has been known for his opposing views of Republicans and his colleagues at Fox News . More recently he has been critical of President Trump while others at the network fawned over the Commander-in-Chief.

Today the Fox News anchor announced Friday would be his last broadcast

“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive,” Smith said.
The Fox News anchor, hired to join the network at its inception in 1996, said his agreement with Fox meant he would not be reporting elsewhere in the near future.
“So recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News, after requesting that I stay, they obliged,” “Under our agreement I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future, but I will be able to see more of Geo and Lucia, and our friends and family, and then we will see what comes along.”
“This is my last newscast here. Thank you for watching today and over the decades as I traveled to many of your communities and anchored this program, studio B, and Fox Report, plus endless marathon hours of breaking news. It’s been an honor and my pleasure.”

Mediaite.com

While Smith was far from perfect, his departure from Fox News eliminates one of the few voices that challenged the Trump propaganda machine at the network.

Not that it matters to me much as I’m not a frequent viewer of Fox News. I am curious about one thing, did Shep get a farewell cake from Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity?

As always…

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Ellen DeGeneres and George W Bush are Besties, and I am Not Impressed!

On Sunday as a guest of Charlotte Jones (daughter of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) Ellen DeGeneres yucked it up with former President George W Bush while watching the Green Bay Packers beat up on the Dallas Cowboys.

When I saw the moment caught by the NFL on Fox broadcast, my initial thought was this is going to go viral on social media. I knew there were going to be a bunch of Twitter fingers angry seeing Ellen having a good time with Bush. And of course, the outrage mob didn’t let me down. As many questioned why the 2 were hanging together, others applauded the moment, for people of opposing views being capable of being civilized.

For me, I wanted to see if Ellen or Bush would speak on the chill session and not jump to conclusions and start calling anyone a sellout or giving out any praise.

With social media talking about the moment all-day Monday, Ellen decided to wait until Tuesday to speak on it during her show…

DeGeneres talked about what led to the moment and explained how she was invited and that she knew she would be in company of people with differing views.

“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So, I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”

Fox News

Ellen went on to explain that she is friends with George Bush and how its about not only being kind to people with the same view points but to everyone

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

Fox News

“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

Fox News

After watching Ellen’s explanation, my first thought was, “Awesome Ellen, but…”

“Different views and beliefs”?

I know it has been a while since Bush was president (2001-2009), but let’s not forget this is the same man that

  • Opposed the legal recognition of same sex marriage and supported the idea of an amendment that would prohibit same-sex couples from obtaining legal recognition
  • Threatened to veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Threatened to veto the Hates Crime Prevention Act that expanded crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability

To me this is more than just different views and beliefs, and leaves Ellen open to criticism as an advocate for LGBTQ rights.

I’m not saying Ellen should have walked out of the suite when she saw Bush, or she should have brought up politics while watching the football game. If this is your “friend” then I hope you are challenging your friends’ dangerous views and beliefs. And that is something she never mentioned while asking us to be kind to everyone.

And while Ellen was giving cover to Bush, Dubya was thankful and appreciated his friend sticking up for him…

That’s it?!?

As one person on Twitter noted (unfortunately I don’t have their Twitter handle),

“I have to take issue with this, with all due respect. There’s nothing wrong with being friends with people of different beliefs, but there IS something wrong with being friends with someone who has hurt you and your community without remorse or a change,”

This is what I am talking about, Ellen defends their friendship and Bush continues to stand by his anti-gay record while receiving praise for being able to have a chill session with his lesbian friend

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!