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The War of Politics and the Art of Strategic Decision-Making

Dec 24, 2020 | Civics & Politics, Short-form

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Most of the internet is abuzz with Trump’s latest rejection of the laughable Coronavirus Response and Relief bill. But don’t miss the strategy taking place around this decision.

Although it’s easy to overlook his specific requested increase to $2,000 from $600, the number is important. Because, by chance, it’s the same number in the amendment that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib cowrote. Meaning, first, it’s already ready to go.

But second, it empowers the smaller yet highly vocal progressive extreme against the entrenched old timers in the Democratic party. And at a time when they’re already having some internal power struggles.

Pitting your adversaries against each other at a crucial moment? Clever, indeed.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that all eyes were on this bill. And that it was an outrageous eyesore, unpopular with the general American public. Or that it appeared to be a uniparty effort, however feebly they stumbled into it.

Be that as it may, there is another on-the-ground strategic lesson in Trump’s rejection.

Because the amendment is ready to go, I assume that the bureaucrats could get it done before any “pocket veto” comes into play. Granted, it’s a tight deadline before January 3rd when Congress adjourns. However, even a pocket veto might highlight how these obviously corrupt politicians can’t get anything done except enriching themselves.

But we could also be seeing Trump force a test of loyalty in the Republican party before January 6th.

Will they flip away from the shameful Coronavirus Response and Relief bill merely on Trump’s public opposition to the pork? Will they rally to his call to show their possible future allegiance in a contest election in two weeks?

Time will tell.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t pass by the utter and complete corruption that this bill represented. Given all the entities getting colossal amounts of money, you can’t help but see it as a money laundering or kick-back scheme. In this game, politicians ship dollars overseas to cash-strapped foreign cronies. Then the money gets funneled into NGOs or who knows where… and back to them in say, consulting fees.

Still, the media isn’t talking about one big aspect regarding the bill.

Namely, that the Coronavirus Response and Relief bill is actually the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act from 2019.

Or said more clearly: it never had anything to do with the American people or Covid-19 in the first place. But they hope that $600 payoff, or the fight over whatever amount, will get you to forget about or miss that fact.

Even though many people I know are thrilled about the possible increase to $2,000, it’s clear we’re walking through the door of Universal Basic Income. And while I sympathize with the many business owners and households who are struggling, this development merely represents more soon-to-be volatility, not less.

After all, hopefully you know by now… the pigs at the trough aren’t usually being fattened up for their good looks.


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