Donald Trump knows his executive orders are not going to provide relief to Americans. There is no immediate, and necessary, action that will come from the orders. Here is the proof.
(The Hill) "It remains unclear if Trump has the legal authority to suspend payroll taxes by executive action, and the president intimated during a question-and-answer session with reporters Saturday that he is expecting a lawsuit to challenge his move." Therefore, Trump is well aware that the orders will not provide relief.
Next, it is clearly obvious that the orders are more political than practical. Here is the proof.
'If I'm victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax,' Trump said. "Joe Biden and the Democrats may not want that, they don't want that.'" (NBC)
Knowing his orders face legal challenges delaying their implementation, Trump makes the issue more political than practical. He is no better than the Democrats he derides because he is contributing to the deadlock. Trump hopes that Congress will act in response to the orders so he can claim victory to help him win in November of 2020.
However, the politics does not stop there. Joe Biden responded quickly. "The presumptive Democratic nominee said that unlike the 2012 payroll tax plan put forth by the Obama administration, Trump’s executive order does not appear to include 'protections or guarantees that the Social Security Trust Fund will be made whole.'
'He is laying out his roadmap to cutting Social Security,' Biden said. 'Our seniors and millions of Americans with disabilities are under enough stress without Trump putting their hard-earned Social Security benefits in doubt.'" (The Hill) Joe Biden did not outline a plan to provide relief to those suffering in this pandemic or how to resolve the issues created by the politically motivated executive orders.
Right now, those in need are caught in between competing political posturing of two candidates. Admittedly, Biden has no power to act but he can affirmatively state what he would do and what Trump should do. Trump, on the other hand, can act. Instead of substance backed up by immediate relief, Trump uses his office to politically posture for political advantage.
The solution: Biden should call on Democrats in both Houses to take immediate action and to negotiate an immediate compromise that provides for active relief laying pandemic politics aside. Trump, should do the same.
Maybe a joint press conference with Biden and Trump calling for such action is appropriate. However, in today's political world that will never happen.
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