Saturday President Donald J. Trump says he will suspend payroll tax and extend unemployment through end of the year amid gridlock in Congress, after signaling all week that he would not wait for Democrats to linger, making demands to fund their party members first while Americans were days past relief from unemployment relief that expired at the end of July.
Reuters reported, “Trump said on Wednesday he may suspend the payroll tax himself as part of his administration’s efforts to help the economy after the coronavirus shutdown after the idea faced opposition in Congress in talks on the next relief bill.”
Democrats, feeling they had the power to make demands, refused to work with Trump and Republicans insisting on Trillions in bailouts to Democrat leaders who Trump said had a long history of failure before the pandemic.
Feeling like the Democrats had solid bargaining power, Leading Democrats like radical left Democrat Senator and failed Presidential hopeful, Kamala Harris scolded Republicans over their lack of support for the Democrats bailout demands, last week.
Let's be clear about this: Democrats are fighting for a relief bill that meets the needs of this historic pandemic. That includes state and local funding, extending enhanced unemployment benefits, and reinstating the evictions moratorium.
Republicans need to get on board.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 7, 2020
Trump, ignoring the Democrat’s fantasies of how powerful they are, signaled that he was ready to take matters into his own hands if Democrats did not drop the demands for bailouts and focus on American citizens.
Upon departing the Oval Office for Ohio, I’ve notified my staff to continue working on an Executive Order with respect to Payroll Tax Cut, Eviction Protections, Unemployment Extensions, and Student Loan Repayment Options.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2020
“Well I may do it myself,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “I have the right to suspend it, and I may do it myself – I have the absolute right to suspend the payroll.”
TRUMP: “Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer continue to insist on Radical Left-Wing policies that have nothing to do with the ChinaVirus”
“If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as President to get Americans the relief they need.” pic.twitter.com/tBHKAhRwIb
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 7, 2020
Democrat activists and media allies were not pleased, showing their hypocrisy, after supporting former President Barack Obama, who pushed payroll tax cut concept when he was in office.
When Trump says “cut payroll taxes” that means he wants to cut Social Security. Social security is funded through the payroll tax. This is Trump’s way to #DefundSocialSecurity without actually admitting it. Pass it on!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 1, 2020
— marketman52 (@marketman52) August 8, 2020
When @BarackObama spoke of payroll tax cuts, it was good for the people.
When @realdonaldtrump requests a payroll tax cut, Democrats claim it's not good for working people.
In the words of Obama, it's not a game when millions of Americans will take a hit by not passing it. pic.twitter.com/Ff9mYjQw6G
— Lacy Johnson (@LacyJohnsonMN) August 1, 2020
Further, there is this “skeleton in the closet, recall that Democrats support when Obama made Immigration laws with DACA.
The SCOTUS made a decision on DACA. It opened the floodgates on executive orders. Keep going @realDonaldTrump
— don cacchione (@toadboy123) August 8, 2020
Trump had signaled that he considered the SCOTUS decision earlier in the Summer, that Obama had the power to write DACA, as a signal that he could embrace the same Presidential power for his agenda.
See SCOTUS DACA decision. If Obama can choose not to enforce immigration laws, Trump can do the same with tax laws. https://t.co/kYDXmu7hPC
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) August 8, 2020
An Executive Order is expected Saturday.
This story is developing…
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776