Showing posts with label Rebecca Harrington. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rebecca Harrington. Show all posts

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Dear Landlord....Trump's "Executive Actions" On COVID Relief = More BS !!!

Dear Landlord

Written by: Bob Dylan 
Dear landlord
Please don’t put a price on my soul
My burden is heavy
My dreams are beyond control
When that steamboat whistle blows
I’m gonna give you all I got to give
And I do hope you receive it well
Dependin’ on the way you feel that you live

Dear landlord
Please heed these words that I speak
I know you’ve suffered much
But in this you are not so unique
All of us, at times, we might work too hard
To have it too fast and too much
And anyone can fill his life up
With things he can see but he just cannot touch

Dear landlord
Please don’t dismiss my case
I’m not about to argue
I’m not about to move to no other place
Now, each of us has his own special gift
And you know this was meant to be true
And if you don’t underestimate me
I won’t underestimate you


Okay you guys, pull out and dust off  your old "John Wesley Harding" album and re-play, because there wasn't a place I could find to share the original Dylan tune - there were remakes, and a couple of Dylan concerts...but they weren't the same as the original. ~sigh~

Still, it was the first thing that popped into my little head after the " showdown":

 ~ From Business Insider 

It Doesn't Look Like Trump's Executive Actions Will Actually Do Much
by, Rebecca Harrington  - 08/08/20  

"President Donald Trump swooped in on Saturday to show Americans that he was trying to fix what Congress couldn't.

Before a crowd of masked, cheering supporters at his private golf club in New Jersey, the dealmaker-in-chief announced four executive actions aimed at providing Americans economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He signed memos and orders on student loans, evictions and foreclosures, the payroll tax, and unemployment benefits.

While Trump claimed the moves would provide "immediate and vital relief to American struggling in this difficult time", upon further inspection, the four actions face significant legal challenges, implementation problems, and possible opposition from both parties.

The Democratic House and the Republican Senate have been fighting for weeks over the next stimulus bill. The two parties are still more than $1 trillion apart in their proposals.

Meanwhile, nearly 31 million Americans are on unemployment, and the US GDP plunged by a record 33% in the first quarter.

One of the biggest sticking points between the two parties was the additional $600 a week the federal government had been providing in addition to state benefits to jobless Americans.

Republicans argued the weekly boost "paid people to stay home", while Democrats insisted it was necessary. "They don't understand the crisis in the country," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of the Republicans.

But Schumer didn't like Trump trying to take action when Congress couldn't, either.

He and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement on Saturday that the administration's moves amounted to little more than empty gestures.

"These policy announcements provide little real help to families," Pelosi and Schumer said. "Instead of passing a bill, now President Trump is cutting families' unemployment benefits and pushing states further into budget crises, forcing them to make devastating cuts to life-or-death services."

1. Trump's memo on the $400 a week unemployment boost could take months to implement


The weekly $600 federal unemployment insurance expired on July 31, so Trump proposed a $400 a week boost.

But as Business Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig pointed out, the president's memo outlines a "lost wages program" outside of the usual unemployment insurance system that experts say could take months for overwhelmed states to implement. And states may not be able to pay the 25% Trump says they should.

2. Trump's memo on the payroll tax could gut Medicare and Social Security, and companies probably won't follow it


Even though Trump's memo directs the treasury secretary to defer payroll taxes through the end of the year, experts told Zeballos-Roig that companies will likely hold on to the money in case they end up on the hook for it, so workers probably won't see it in their paychecks.

Furthermore, the payroll tax funds Medicare and Social Security, two popular programs that millions of Americans rely on for health insurance and financial support.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called the move "a reckless war on Social Security."

3. Trump's order on evictions and foreclosures is light on details


Trump's housing order passionately outlines how important it is to keep Americans in their homes during the pandemic, particularly so they can successfully socially distance themselves from others and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. It also lays out how Black and Hispanic Americans have endured the brunt of the pandemic's economic hardships.

It says "It is the policy of the United States to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, residential evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency."
But the text is light on details of how the Trump administration will keep Americans from getting foreclosed upon or evicted.

Perhaps more specifics will come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the coming days.

4. Trump's memo on federal student loan relief could let borrowers defer payments until the end of the year


CARES Act help for student loan borrowers was set to expire at the end of September, so Trump's memo extends his administration's policy to set Department of Education loan interest rates to 0% and let borrowers defer payments through the end of 2020.

Does Trump have the authority to take these actions?


Before Trump signed his signature in Sharpie, people started speculating whether he had the power to take executive action on these economic issues.

The Constitution gives Congress the power to decide how the federal government spends its money. The executive branch carries out those directives. Therefore, a court battle is likely on one or all of the executive actions, challenging Trump's authority to make them.

When asked about possible legal challenges at the press conference on Saturday, Trump said he believed they would go "very rapidly through the courts, if we get sued — maybe we won't get sued."

Below are links to the full text of the 4 executive actions Trump signed on Saturday:

  1. Extending federal unemployment benefits: "Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019"
  2. Enacting a payroll tax holiday: "Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster"
  3. Preventing evictions and foreclosures: "Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners"
  4. Suspending student loan payments: "Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Connor Perrett contributed reporting.


So, basically yet another disaster courtesy Trump & the GOP, the cheap sons-of-bitches who in essence lose no sleep over the unemployed, the homeless, the sick and the the dying -  and in reality really want to dismantle Medicare & Social Security.  

Meanwhile, this is yesterday's local COVID Report:

 ~ From Zeta:

Casos Activos COVID-19 en BC Aumentan Un 27% en Tres Dias; SS Reporta 14 Mil 467 Casos Acumuladas 
por, Uriel Saucedo - 08/08/20 4:07pm

"In the last three days the active cases of COVID-19 in Baja California , went from 439 to 557 , which means a growth of 27 percent. In the Aug. 8 report, they reported 250 new positive cases statewide . The highest figure since last July 23 when there were 274 in a single day .

The sum of this Saturday reached 14 thousand 467 infections and 20 additional deaths , with it reaching 2,786 deaths , reported the head of the State Health Secretariat, Alonso Pérez Rico.

During the last 72 hours, a gradual growth has been observed in most municipalities : Mexicali reported 46 cases, leaving 208 active ; Tijuana had 53 additional assets, because it currently has 172 ; Playas de Rosarito reported two new active cases and Tecate one, having 12 and 11 active cases respectively; the town of San Felipe counted 7 more infected than the previous day, going from 11 to 18 active cases

Ensenada, which has 112 active, decreased in 9 cases and San Quintín had three fewer cases, remaining in 24 active patients. 

Based on the above information, it is known that in Tijuana there was a greater increase in active and confirmed cases , compared to the other municipalities Because of 250 positive recent statewide, 119 were in this county, accumulating 4,000 COVID 305 patients . Then, Mexicali with 94 new cases confirmed , taking 7 000 341 infections since the start of the pandemic.

From there it is followed by the port of Ensenada , which reported 13 new positive tests, already having 1,683 confirmed cases ; Playas de Rosarito already has 192 cases with 9 new ones ; w hile San Quentin with a new one reached the 361 infected patients ; and Tecate at 344 with 7 additional ; the town of San Felipe with 7 confirmed cases added 241 accumulated. 

To date, 306 people have been hospitalized for complications with the disease, 11,374 have passed the disease from home , and 2,786 have died. In both infections and deaths, people over 65 years of age represent the bulk of the affected population. 

In the last 24 hours, it was reported that 20 people died, 10 of them died in the municipality of Mexicali where there are already 1,302 deaths, another two people lost their lives in Tijuana where there are already 1,153 deaths . They also detailed that Ensenada had 7 new deaths with which it accumulates 222 and Playas de Rosarito with a recent death reached 16 people killed. 

Where there were no recent deaths was in Tecate, which continues with 81 deaths, San Quintín, which has 10, and the town of San Felipe with two deaths from COVID-19. The people who have recovered are already 8,172 patients in Baja California. 

On hospital occupancy , Pérez Rico reported , in hospitals of the Health Ministry are 52 percent to 78 patients COVID connected to a fan statewide and 188 internees : HG in Mexicali reported occupation of 54 percent , with 59 beds and 38 fans free for use ; Tijuana, which is 44 percent, maintains 94 beds and 41 ventilators available ; and the one in Ensenada, which works at 58 percent capacity, has 33 beds and 34 fans available.  

The IMSS hospitals in the state are at 71 percent capacity with 52 intubated patients and 179 hospitalized people : the General Hospital of Zone 30 in Mexicali is at 81 percent with 92 beds and 11 ventilators ; Tijuana Regional 1 reports 64 percent occupancy with 112 beds and 8 fans available ; and the General of Zone 8 in Ensenada, works at 70 percent capacity with 24 beds and 14 fans."


Burned out and depressed over COVID ? Me too.  Still we have to stick together, wear masks and follow protocols.

Meanwhile, hit the zeta link for more local & national highlights...anyone out there a Harry Dean Stanton fan ?  Stay safe you guys.