“I’ll be the oversight. I’ll be the oversight.”
Repetition makes a statement seem truer, regardless of whether it is or not.
Sometimes, Donald Trump repeats the same statement word-for-word, like with, “I’ll be the oversight. I’ll be the oversight.”
Sometimes, he mixes it up (often, shortening it the second time), like with, “I want security for this country, okay? I want security.”
Sometimes, as with this attack on the New York Times, he does both, “That’s wrong. They were wrong. It’s The New York Times, they’re always wrong. They were wrong.”
But here’s the thing, he is almost always lying.
He has lied more than 17,000 times since taking his oath of office, averaging nearly 5 falsehoods or misrepresentations every day.
Technically, his oath of office was a lie as well, as he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and was subsequently impeached for failing to do precisely that.
Now, the United States Senate is considering a $500 billion fund be established to mitigate the impacts on the American economy caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funds would disbursed by the Treasury Department, with Secretary Stephen Mnuchin holding the purse-strings.
House and Senate Democrats have labeled the fund a “slush fund” as Mnuchin would have broad discretion over who receives the money, and those who could afford to wait until early May to claim funds could remain anonymous until after the next election as there is a provision for a 6-month delay in reporting disbursements.
The size and scope of the fund is without precedent.
Yet when those concerns were raised by reporters, often echoing concerns from legislators opposed to the fund, Trump reassured them, “I’ll be the oversight. I’ll be the oversight.”
We can trust him, right?
After all, it is not like Trump appointed a Press Secretary who abolished daily press briefings, right?
And it is not like Trump appointed a Secretary of Education who had dedicated her life in the last decade to pushing for the ruination of public education?
That would be like appointing a Secretary of Energy who ran for the presidency himself campaigning on a pledge to eliminate the Department of Energy.
What’s that, he did all those things?
Folks, we are at the final stage in the con (confidence scam) known as the “hurrah” where a sudden (and often, manufactured) crisis forces the “mark” (potential victim) to make a rash act or decision, often with the con man warning that the “window of opportunity” is closing and they may miss out forever if they don’t hand over the investment right away.
Donald Trump wants a $500 billion fund for which he and he alone will be the oversight.
He wants it immediately as people are dying and people need help and there is not a second to spare.
The “window of opportunity” to help people and businesses is closing.
That is more than $1,500 being tossed into a “Trump slush fund” on behalf of every resident of the United States. Yes, you read that right.
Trump, Mnuchin, and Senate Republicans want more money per person included in the “slush fund” than they want to give to hardworking Americans being ruined by the pandemic.
And they want us to trust Donald Trump not to lie to us, and not to look out for his own interests and those of his cronies ahead of those of the American people.
Come on folks, we are not going to be that gullible?
UPDATE 3/25 1:30 AM
The plan which received sufficient support to move forward in the Senate in the early hours of Wednesday morning contains an agreement from the White House to allow an independent inspector general and an oversight board to scrutinize the lending decisions made by the fund.
This would bring the fund back in line with the precedent set by the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that was created during the 2008 financial crisis. To oversee TARP, Congress created a special inspector general (SIGTARP), a regulatory oversight board and a congressional oversight panel.
It is critical to note the the “agreement” on the legislation still leaves the bill a long way from passing.
The Senate expects to vote on Wednesday afternoon.
The House is not in session. Members will likely need to return to Washington to cast votes. However, the House could seek to pass the legislation by “unanimous consent” which would require only the votes of those present (technically, as few as two votes) so long as there are no objections. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has already expressed concern over the bill.
It is expected President Trump would sign the legislation without delay, as members of the White House team played a key role in the negotiations, but his actions are never predictable.