When governments frantically throw more money than they can afford at a crisis -- and we're throwing trillions (yes, trillions) at the desperate war against the coronavirus with that federal relief package out of
One was famously expressed by
And the other was proclaimed by Comrade Napoleon, the talking pig from George Orwell's "
"You never let a serious crisis go to waste," said Emanuel. "And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you could not do before."
He perfectly described House Speaker
And Napoleon the pig offered that other self-evident truth, proclaiming that "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Napoleon must have been talking about
I can't say if Napoleon predicted that Republican Sen.
If you're blinded by partisan lights, you're free to insist that Burr and company are the beneficiaries of an innocent yet amazing coincidence. But then again, you're also free to believe in pixie dust and fairies. Burr saved his retirement bacon. How's your own 401(k) doing right about now?
What's the difference between a scandal over possible insider trading by a Republican, and a scandal involving the
Toilets dumped. Stock dumped. It's all a matter of degree. Some animals are more equal than others.
And Pelosi, true to Emanuel's Rule of power politics, didn't waste the coronavirus crisis. Instead she grabbed it by both horns and rode it, stalling a
Instead, Pelosi caused the delay, dumping the Democratic Party platform that she never could have passed on her own into the relief package. It contained leftist Green New Deal ridiculousness on climate change provisions for airlines, race- and gender-based regulations on business, even federal cash for more wind and solar energy.
What did all this have to do with the stopping the virus from spreading and keeping businesses and the jobs they provide alive? Nothing.
Pelosi's majority whip,
Mercy. Did they ever. See what politicians can do with a crisis once they set their minds on it?
Taxpayers and talking pigs have long been advised to avoid the legislative sausage-making process. A $2 trillion compromise deal was struck Tuesday. It included direct cash payments to American families, business loans and an expansion of social programs that will cost the middle class more in taxes. How much more? Who can say?
When you no longer dealing in billions but in trillions, you're beginning to talk real money.
One feature of the compromise
The American economy wasn't hamstrung by bad management. The economy was booming. The mass unemployment and business losses are a direct result of government shutting down commerce to stop the spread of infection.
Which brings us to the third truth of coronavirus political frenzy:
With trillions being thrown around, and human nature being what it is, it is inevitable that some who'll pass out the government cash, those at the receiving end or perhaps those in the middle will act like greedy piggies and oink their way into deals.
But if you're an American taxpayer, you've long known that truth to be self-evident.