Congress refused to act, so he picked up his pen and his phone

Congress went home without coming up with any more aid for those impacted by he coronavirus pandemic, so President Trump issued a series of executive orders.

In one he unilaterally called for continuing to provide federal payments to those unemployed due to the pandemic — not the previous $600 a week, but $400 a week with $300 coming from the federal coffers and $100 from the states.

In another Trump calls for extending the expired moratorium on evictions of those who can’t pay rent because they are out of work due the virus.

In still another he calls for deferring payroll tax, tough the unemployed aren’t paying payroll taxes.

He also ordered the continued deferral of student loan collections.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska had a retort for this Saturday night:

The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop. President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress.

11 comments on “Congress refused to act, so he picked up his pen and his phone

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s it? That’s what you brought to a gun fight?

    A quote from someone else about what this fascist is doing?

    Geez man that’s weak.
    here a question for you Thomas:

    Is there anything Trump could not do by executive order?

    I mean sure suspending all social security taxes (which would inevitably terminate the program not through the legislative action that should be taken of course but nonetheless…) and suspending all evictions (I can picture the President Obama executive order to this effect and the impact it would have had on then private citizen Trump and his big orange head exploding in his slumlord offices at Trump Tower when it was announced and the similar reactions from all right of center “Americans”) which he plans to make permanent I understand the right is now accepting as if it came from the Bible itself, but anything he actually cannot do?

    I mean, say he orders schools to reopen; is that something you’d contend was acceptable? Or at least worthy of being ignored?

    When are you guys going to stand up?

  2. reziac says:

    “When are you guys going to stand up?”
    That’s rich coming from someone who posted anonymously.

    As to running up all this debt… so long as China continues to buy our debt, it’s free money that falls from the sky.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Reziac you’re in good company but at least you expressed your disinterest in objecting to what WILL become so objectionable to you when Biden takes over.

    For some reason, I fully expect, in spite of the fact that Smiling Joe ain’t the “half black, Muslim, street hustler” that you folks had so many problems with not so long ago, that when he picks up that pen and start issuing executive orders like banning assault rifles and what not, that you’ll find your voices again.

    I do so look forward to those days and in advance of them let me just say, what I will be saying in those days to whines by snowflakes from the right, who object for any reason, right wrong or indifferent to what the democratic president will be doing:

    “Owning cons”

  4. iShrug says:

    Interesting thread. It seems that President Trump is acting based on laws that Congress already passed. Does a pandemic qualify as a national disaster?👇

  5. Rincon says:

    Our friend Eddie may well be right, but we have no way of knowing it, because he merely spouted without any reference to anything specific. Anyone know when Congress passed this power to the President, and what specific bill it was, or are we all supposed to just drink Eddie’s Kool Aid?

  6. Athos says:

    Who’s this President Trump fella that’s got you all in an uproar?

    BTW, Great Headline, Tom. You’ve still got it!

  7. SCOTUS said Trump’s attempt to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act, even though Obama’s creation of DACA was arbitrary and capricious and without the consent of Congress. Hard to wrap your mind around that.

  8. Athos says:

    “SCOTUS said Trump’s attempt to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act” CJ John Roberts wrote the (5-4) majority for that head scratcher (oh fooey! It was pure Orange Man Bad) and John Roberts has been a spineless anti-America for some time, now. I keep thinking he’s being blackmailed, but that is only an excuse for Jorge W’s judgement.

  9. Rincon says:

    So let me see if I have this straight. It’s OK for a President to appropriate money without the permission of Congress, presumably so long as he’s a Republican. Is that right?

    Athos, I’m with you about DARPA. If Obama had the power to create it, Trump certainly should have the power to destroy it. Seems to me that a court telling a politician that they’re removing some of his power because they don’t think he thought about it deeply enough is giving itself permission to remove any power they choose

  10. Athos says:

    Rinny, it’s the never ending “Orange Man Bad” derangement. Donald could have NEVER legitimately won the Presidency, in their minds. It unhinges them.

  11. Athos says:

    And how self serving was Hillary’s speech the other night? Blows my mind how she can’t accept reality.

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