At first blush, you would think that Trump is trying to help Americans. Is he?
If you look at the use of the executive order it is becoming obvious Trump is trying to bypass the legislative process by acting unilaterally. How long does it take to use an executive order to expand the powers of the presidency eliminating the legislative process altogether?
Read the following from The Washington Post carefully:
“White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also said that Trump is also poised to sign executive orders deferring payroll taxes, but the logistics of that are also unclear. It could not be immediately learned, for example, if Americans would ultimately have to repay any deferred tax cut.
A positive jobs report Friday morning appeared to harden the administration’s posture, with Kudlow pointing to the 1.8 million jobs added in July as evidence of a “self-sustaining recovery.”
Trump and White House officials have been eyeing the possibility of unilateral action all week, and Kudlow confirmed Friday that they were looking at “repurposing” hundreds of billions of dollars that have not yet been spent from earlier coronavirus relief legislation passed this spring.
Democrats insist the White House can’t spend money without approval from Congress, but Trump has pushed the boundaries of executive authority in the past, including his move to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border so he could raid Pentagon funds to build his wall.
Kudlow said the executive actions under consideration also include moves to “reform unemployment” by providing a benefit for re-employment and a retention tax credit for employers.
Cutting the 7.65 percent payroll tax, which comes out of workers’ salaries and goes to fund Medicare and Social Security, has been a long-standing goal for Trump. Lawmakers in both parties question the value of such a move, partly because it would do little to help workers who are not actually employed.”
The White House is attempting to use the executive order to bypass Congress. It is a dangerous use of executive power, centralizing power in the presidency undermining the long standing foundations of the republic. There are three branches of government. Separate but equal and designed to protect us against an autocratic ruler.
It appears Trump's use of the executive order may be more of a power grab (to feed Trump's ego) than a realistic effort to help the American people.
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