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Debunking Trump’s phony fiscal orders
The founders of this country did
not want the president to be
a king — an all-encompassing
ruler in control of every facet of
That’s why they created three coequal
branches of government, checks
and balances between them, and elections.
That’s why we give Congress
control of the budget, and demand that
legislators and the president work together
to fund the nation’s operations.
But President Trump doesn’t care
about the system of government that’s
held this country together for 244
years. Neither, it seems, do Republicans
who’ve seemingly ceded all of their
legislative control to him.
Trump thinks a series of executive
orders he signed over the weekend,
purportedly to provide fi nancial help
during the ongoing economic crisis,
have validity. They don’t.
Despite what Trump thinks, he can’t
just order unemployment benefi ts to
be paid out. He can’t just suspend the
collection of payroll taxes. Like it or
not, he needs Congressional approval
to do such things. That’s the law.
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President Donald Trump’s economic executive orders might be among the biggest lies he’s presented to the
American people in his tenure. Photo via Getty Images
Trump claims his order, which
purportedly authorizes a $400 boost
to unemployment insurance payments,
is somehow a win for jobless
Americans — but they’re short $200
from the previous enhancement that
expired on July 31.
And Trump has saddled the states
with 25 percent of the cost for the benefi
t boost — at a time when the states
can least afford another economic
Meanwhile, Trump’s purported
payroll tax freeze doesn’t forgive
businesses and workers from their
responsibilities through the end of
the year. That will lead to a payroll tax
increase down the line for every business
and working American.
And how exactly does a payroll tax
break put money back in the pocket of
an American who doesn’t have a job?
Trump’s economic executive orders
might be among the biggest lies he’s
presented to the American people in
his tenure. Their validity is suspect,
and they do not provide substantial
relief at a time the country needs all
the help it can get.
Congressional Democrats and
Republicans still have a job to do, and
they must do it. The Democrats want
a big stimulus package passed, while
Republicans seem content to laze about
and let Trump do whatever he wants
while collecting their fat, taxpayerfunded
paychecks and benefi ts.
Regardless of party, House and Senate
members are obligated now to stand
up and work for the American people.
They must not allow the president to be
an absolute ruler.