Trump never met a spending bill he wouldn’t sign

Trump never met a spending bill he wouldn’t sign

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:

JK 12/21 tweet on spending bill

And last night after President Trump signed this omnibus spending bill, Jesse reiterated:

JK 12/27 tweet spending bill

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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11 thoughts on “Trump never met a spending bill he wouldn’t sign

  • December 28, 2020 at 10:09 am
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    Trump knew this was to set him up. If he vetoed it the media whores would scream about him not caring for struggling Americans. I think he’s realized that he has no allies in Washington.His own party has taken pains to stab him in the back when they didn’t need him anymore. I think he’s given up, sad to say.

  • December 28, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    They would override his veto anyway.
    And honestly, no president is going to cut spending overall.
    Sure they can cut out depts., cut regulations, etc like Trump has, but overall spending?
    Pfft. Never. No one can be trusted on that mostly because of congress. Including the Republicans.
    Especially the Republicans, the ones that are supposed to ‘know better’.
    Ugh.

    • December 29, 2020 at 2:29 pm
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      dI think the problem is, as she says, he always increased spending!

      That many GOPe are liberals is true, but not her point. Don has been a spendthrift.

  • December 28, 2020 at 10:59 am
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    I’ve had to hold my tongue a hundred times. Trump is a collosall failure. Period.

    All the good things he has done are like a pimple on an elephants back.

    The bad things he’s done are the elephant in the room.

    He filled his admin with swamp creatures. He ballooned the debt and egged on the the fed reserve to print more money and take rates negative. These are the bad things. These are the elephant in the room that are guaranteed to destroy the country. The good things he’s done are good, but they are not going to make america great again. That’s a charade.

    He thinks he can make everyone think he’s doing great by tweeting what he’s “seriously considering doing”, and then does not do jack shit to actually make america great.

    It’s too bad so many people on our side have only one agenda and that is to prop up trump no matter what he does.

  • December 28, 2020 at 11:29 am
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    He redlined much of it and congress said they would honor what he redlined.

    • December 28, 2020 at 11:38 am
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      You do know there is no line-item veto for a President, right? They have no obligation to honor his “red lines.” I don’t know what Congress you think exists, but the one I know exists has shown us time and time again that it can be trusted to the sum of zero.

  • December 29, 2020 at 3:15 pm
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    Could his signing be part of a quid-pro-quo with the GOP Senate to support him on Jan 6? Deal making is his forte, so perhaps this is the ultimate deal. I’m trying to keep hope alive!

    • December 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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      “Never mistake a wish for a certainty.” – the Dowager Countess of Grantham

      • December 29, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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        And, “Never mistake the props for the drama.” — 1962: my H.S. History teacher Mr Storvik.

  • December 31, 2020 at 3:15 pm
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    So what do you propose we do following this fraudulent election? Write more snarky articles on the internet?

    • December 31, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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      No need. I’ve already got that covered.

      Unless you prefer that I troll through the internet sanctimoniously scolding people for not being sufficiently outraged by the things that outrage me. But it seems you already have that covered.

      So I’ll stick with what I do.

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