I’ve got other shit to do tonight, and I really don’t have time for this, but what the fuck, people?

update: The president, denying reporting that it was his decision to slow down the issuance of stimulus checks in order to include his name, says he doesn’t know how it came to pass that his name was added to the checks. He then adds, “I’m sure people will be very happy to get a big, fat, beautiful check and my name is on it.”

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45 Comments

  1. Jean Henry
    Posted April 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    He’s a brilliant politician.
    I’m stunned that this is legal.
    The stimulus checks should be signed by Pelosi if any politician.
    Normal signatory would be the secretary of Treaury correct?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 14, 2020 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    But, wait, there’s more. It’s being reported that the addition of his name may delay checks from getting to those who need them!

    “Stimulus checks may be delayed as Trump requires U.S. Treasury to print his name on them”

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 14, 2020 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Nicholas Kristof:
    “The delivery of $1200 stimulus checks to needy Americans is delayed so that President Trump’s name can be printed on the checks (nothing like this happened with any previous president). OK. So I suggest that Trump’s name also be put on top of tax bills.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/coming-to-your-1200-relief-check-donald-j-trumps-name/2020/04/14/071016c2-7e82-11ea-8013-1b6da0e4a2b7_story.html

  4. Jean Henry
    Posted April 14, 2020 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Most people have direct deposit. Those receiving checks by mail are largely those without bank accounts (more poor) and they were already going to be delayed because printing checks en masse takes time. This will delay them further.

    What a selfish asshole.

  5. iRobert
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    HW, this is yer another thing to add to the endless list of ridiculous behavior by Trump.

  6. John Brown
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Another example of traitorous behavior. Congress approved the money to help folks and stimulate the economy ASAP. Any delay impedes this Constitutional duty of Congress. He’s crazy, evil, all of it yes. But ultimately he’s a traitor and must be delt with according as a deterrent to future dictator wannabes.

  7. iRobert
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I don’t think he needs to be dealt with so harshly.

    He should just be offered another television reality show job. That’s his true calling…circus side show. I think he’d take it at this point. He can see where this is going for him. He’s not cut out for real world stuff.

  8. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I understand the upset with Trump not really preparing after being made aware of the problem.

    But in spite of his usual unpleasantness hasn’t he done a few things that have been helpful?

  9. iRobert
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Yeah, and that’s all we can really ever ask of a president.

    I’ve got a great idea for a reality show. In it, Trump sits in a room made to look identical to the Oval Office and is given very simple tasks, starting with organizing a charity car wash.

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Sad— like what. The CAReS act came from Congress not the president.
    Please name one thing that he did in a timely manner and not weeks too late.

  11. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    He’s working with Apple and Google to help the government monitor everyone’s movement through their phones to set up an awesome contact tracing program.

  12. Eel
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    They should also put his name on the mass graves, body bags, and non-existent testing stations.

  13. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    “Recent polls show that more Americans disapprove of Mr. Trump’s handling of the virus than approve.

    So on Tuesday, the president tried to shift the blame elsewhere, ordering his administration to halt funding for the World Health Organization and claiming the organization made a series of devastating mistakes as it sought to battle the virus. He said his administration would conduct a review into whether the W.H.O. was responsible for “severely mismanaging and covering up” the spread.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-who-funding.html?referringSource=articleShare

  14. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Here we go again…
    HW and FF and EOS will now pivot from saying he handled it great and that the states screwed up to blaming the WHO.

    Whatever the Great Leader says, they parrot with enthusiasm.

  15. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised the Trump crew isn’t upset about rolling out the contact tracing system?

    I thought they were concerned with privacy and against government surveillance.

    Trump did give New York all the hospital beds they didn’t need. That’s something.

    I’m not defending him, just saying he has tried a little.

  16. Anonymous
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Dropping in halfway to May 1st. Like other non-retail businesses, health care operates on a delayed 30-35 day accounts receivable revenue cycle. The work that is being performed is completely out of balance with regards to skill sets and reimbursements. It is now about 30 days since health care has been “normal”. The financial spigots are running dry and the government bail out money is nowhere near sufficient to maintain current levels of staffing despite markedly different patterns of care provision. Other nonhealth businesses on a similar accounts receivable cycle have already announced furloughs because of unavoidable financial constraints. Although it is cognitively dissonant, look for this to hit the health care segment soon. We are structured to make a small profit on elective surgical and other similar procedures to offset losses from complex chronic medical patients. But that’s all we have now, complex chronic medical patients. Ouch.

    https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/4/13/21213820/coronavirus-reality-tom-de-zengotita-mediated-theory-philosophy-interview

  17. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    This will make for an interesting debate between Trump and Biden on healthcare this fall.

    But why isn’t Biden going all in on radical change instead of tinkering?

  18. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I have always known the WHO is crap. I noticed they were running cover for China months ago. It’s not news if you pay attention.

    So what are you people doing with your DONALD J. TRUMP stimulus? Are you giving it all away or what?

  19. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Dems delayed it to try to put in their fantasy liberal wish list that has nothing to do with cv-19. Are you insane, Johnny?

  20. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    We’re all doing the same thing with our Trump stimulus check.

    Buying guns and ammo

    Ann Arbor Arms is a mad house

    Whitmer knows what’s essential

  21. Bob
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    They should be signed by Pelosi. Oh brother.

  22. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Aloha Trump does the only thing he is good at, blaming others for his own failures. The month of February was critical for containing the virus and all Trump did was have rallies and call the virus a hoax.
    Sad , there are mot going to be any debates. Trump has said that all ready. It is obvious he cant stand sharing the stage.

  23. Sad
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Fine no debate

    Why is Biden still proposing tinkering?

  24. iRobert
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Is the Trump administration planning a bake sale to get the economy restarted?

  25. Anonymous
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Some people can never really get it.

    https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/4/15/21221081/trump-mutiny-on-bounty-tweet-citizen-kane

  26. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    On schedule, bitch. Get the fuck out of here.

    https://www.newsweek.com/stimulus-checks-delayed-payment-irs-1498062
    The Treasury Department assured the nation there are no delays to stimulus checks and that everything is on schedule.

    “Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned—there is absolutely no delay whatsoever,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Newsweek in a statement. “In fact, we expect the first checks to be in the mail early next week which is well in advance of when the first checks went out in 2008 and well in advance of initial estimates.”

    The first stimulus checks have already hit millions of Americans’ accounts in the form of a direct deposit. By Wednesday, 80 million Americans should have received their payments as a direct deposit.

  27. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Bob my point was that the stimulus package was pulled off (such as it is, which we all agree is not ideal) by Pelosi. Trump can’t claim it. I don’t actually think Pelosi should sign the checks.

    I do know a great many people whom the CARES act will help a great deal. Most are low income workers. Small businesses are getting more than ever before, but it’s too little too late for many. Corporations are getting the most help. As always. That’s what happens when the GOP still holds the Senate and a big chunk of the house. If assholes like you stopped attacking the Dem party, we might be able to change that.

    But go ahead and hate Pelosi for sucking it up and getting stuff done while you bitch at her and deride her from your armchair. You are a real champion of the people, Bob. What would they do without you?

  28. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Hahahaha! Trump can’t even get movie plots right. The man is analytically challenged. No wonder HW loves him so.

  29. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t the bill originate in the Senate? Pelosi and House dems tried to add funding for Planned Parenthood and The Green New Deal and all that shit and got rejected. We have been through this.

  30. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    HOYER to House Dems: “Members are advised that absent an emergency, the House is not expected to meet prior to Monday, May 4, 2020.”

    Pelosi puttin’ in dat work.

  31. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    https://twitter.com/TheRightMelissa/status/1250497455189262337

  32. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    The CARES act was dramatically amended by the efforts of the house, including, but not limited to, expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits to cover more of the work force, addition of $600/week to standard benefits for unemployment, comprehensive 100% federally backed loans to small businesses including payroll forgiveness. The stimulus checks remained the same but they fill loopholes that would have prevented many of the most needy (those who didn’t file income taxes because of a low income threshold) from receiving them.

    Do yes I think Pelosi and Schumer deserve credit. The Senste version was just a massive corporate giveaway. And checks. They offered workers and small businesses nothing that would have allowed them to survive this shutdown. How far would that $1200 have gone to solving those economic woes?

  33. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    HW— it’s true that Trumps approval rating is higher now (20 percent via Fox news poll) with Black Voters but they still love Biden more by a 66% to 10% margin. (Remaindered I decided to not voting) So maybe the Dems picked right.

  34. Jean Henry
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Hw—do you really want to get into a discussion of work ethic when Donald Trump is your candidate?

  35. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Jean, somehow you get everything 100% wrong. It’s uncanny. Obama was a fuckin’ ghost in the White House. You barely saw that asshole. Trump is up there every day. He has a mountain of accomplishments despite the best efforts of your champions to block anything and everything he does. Not to mention trying to “string him up” with massive projected lies. Your mental world (which you think is the real world) is a sham.

  36. Posted April 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Pelosi and Schumer absolutely deserve credit for the CARES Act. I will also give credit to Trump for signing it. He could have been an asshole and not done it.

  37. iRobert
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m wondering why we haven’t heard from EOS recently. It would be good to hear from him at least just to hear that he’s doing alright.

  38. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    McConnell sponsored the bill, dorkus.

  39. Frosted Flakes
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I have been wondering about EOS too. Hope everything is ok.

  40. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2020 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    HW– Yes he did but it was amended substantially in the House in the ways I explained.

  41. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2020 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    “House Democrats are pushing for more generous direct payments to Americans as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the country into what experts have predicted will be a long recession…. Under Reps. Tim Ryan and Ro Khanna’s Emergency Money for the People Act, announced Tuesday, US citizens who are 16 or older and make less than $130,000 a year would receive up to $2,000 a month from the federal government for at least six months and until unemployment falls to pre-pandemic levels.”

    https://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-are-pushing-trump-to-pay-americans-2000-a-month-2020-4

    Just getting out in front of this for when HW tried to give Trump and the GOP credit.

  42. Eel
    Posted April 16, 2020 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Best comment on social media: “If I wanted a check signed by tRump, I would have become a porn star.”

  43. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted April 16, 2020 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    “Just getting out in front of this for when HW tried to give Trump and the GOP credit.”

    So Pelosi is trying to outshine the President by asking for more money before he signs for more. Big deal.

  44. iRobert
    Posted April 17, 2020 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    …and then tRump lied to the country live in his ‘briefing’ saying that he didn’t know anything about his signature being placed on the checks.

    …just another item to add to the endless list of those things I perceive as “ridiculous.”

  45. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2020 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Only the best speechwriters…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2020/03/2020-time-capsule-8-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel/608707/

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