As one of Tina Smith’s constituents, I received an email from her this afternoon. Like most of her communications, it was mostly BS. For instance, Tina piled up the partisan BS when she said “As the threat of COVID-19 has expanded, I have participated in a strong effort in Congress to quickly ensure our nation’s response rises to meet this national emergency. It is my strong hope that we can continue to work together to address this crisis and its long-term impact on people, their health, their jobs, and the economy.”

The structure of the deal was put into place before Sunday. That’s when House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, decided to insert this crap into the bill:


Negotiating Pelosi’s Green New Deal and the Democrats’ other wish list items out of the bill slowed things down. While Tina Smith did what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi told her to do, aid to hospitals and families got delayed. It’s impossible to “quickly ensure our nation’s response” while delaying the bill’s passage by delaying the start of the debate of the bill. Sen. Smith should be ashamed of herself. Of course, she isn’t the least bit ashamed.

Earlier this month, Congress has passed two wide-ranging packages to begin the nation’s response to the coronavirus. My priorities have been to expand testing resources as quickly as possible, and to ensure that our hospitals and health providers-in populated areas, rural communities and small towns-have the resources they need to safely and quickly respond to the surge in the number of people needing care.

Big deal. Those should’ve been every senator’s priorities.

Tina Smith is thoroughly corrupt. Holding up funding for medical supplies during a major pandemic is unforgivable. Holding up funding for medical supplies during a major pandemic to negotiate for funding for the Kennedy Center, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting or some of the other silly stuff Democrats put into the bill is disgusting on steroids.

Finally, it’s time to retire Rahm Emanuel’s saying that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” From now on, that should read “politicians should treat a crisis as a time to act like patriots, not politicians.”

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