After giving the American people such a startling look behind the curtain of the latest omnibus spending bill and ostensible “COVID Relief Package,” and demanding that Congress send him a new bill devoid of the obscene pork, President Trump did what he always does.
He signed the spending bill.
Last week my brother asked me if he’d veto it, and I texted him back saying “No, he’ll sign it. I wish he wouldn’t.” Then I told him what I wished Trump would do – namely, read all the insane spending live on TV then, with cameras rolling, veto the bill.
The last thing I texted to my brother after that was, “But he won’t do that. He’ll just sign it.”
So imagine my surprise when Trump did go on TV and list all the insane things in this garbage spending bill. I was so amazed that he actually took Congress to task the way I wished he would.
The only thing he didn’t do was veto it right then and there as I hoped he would.
In the end, my gut reaction to my brother’s question turned out to be right.
Despite the sturm und drang of last week — despite dousing that hideous bill with napalm — last night President Trump signed it.
In early 2018 President Trump threatened to veto an enormous omnibus spending bill, but in the end he signed it – giving the caveat that next time Congress sent him a pile of garbage, he wouldn’t be signing it.
Or, as I put it at the time “The old ‘Next Time’ strategy – we know it well!”
This is in part what I wrote back then:
The Democrats and the spineless pricks in the Republican leadership held the country hostage. And you just paid the big, fat juicy ransom using our money.
You’ve given them absolutely no reason to believe that Next Time you’ll do anything differently.
And why should they fear Next Time?
When Next Time comes, they’ll concoct another two thousand page bill that gives you a teeny tiny victory on page 789, while the remainder of the 2000+ pages will be loaded up with lard. And they’ll dare you not to sign it — knowing that you will sign it just to get that thing on page 789.
The only thing I got wrong in 2018 was the bill wouldn’t be 2000+ pages; it would be 5000+ pages.
This is why I told my brother last Monday that Trump would more than likely sign this latest garbage bill.
Here we are again at the infamous “Next Time,” and Trump signed it … again.
Because at the end of the day, President Trump never met a spending bill he wouldn’t sign.
Jesse Kelly pointed out a week ago:
And last night after President Trump signed this omnibus spending bill, Jesse reiterated:
And in signing this omnibus bill, what precisely does Trump get in return – I mean other than driving us even further into debt?
Congress “promises” to look into voter fraud and “promises” to give him an additional clean COVID relief package with $2,000 direct payments? That seems like the perfect opportunity for Nancy Van Pelt to set up the football once again knowing that Charlie Brown Trump will try to kick it.
Because, we can’t trust Congress to keep its “promises;” we never could. And now that Trump gave away any leverage by signing this atrocious omnibus spending bill, Congress has no reason to follow through.
Signing this bill was not 4-D Chess. It was incredibly naïve wishful thinking.
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