Washington’s latest virus

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Just when you think politicians care about you and I, Senate Democrats in Washington want to pull up their masks and sneeze directly in our collective faces -the quarantined private sector.  The economy is grinding to a halt, a toilet paper panic ensues, all while we pray for some sort of sanity and assurance that Washington has Wilton and the country in mind.

Not so fast said Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer today.  They suffer from another case of the Washington Virus whereby they can’t get their pet project and agenda approved through the normal legislative processes so they prolong the economic uncertainty by sabotaging a spending bill while putting their interests above ours and exploiting this crisis.  Here is just a partial sample of a longer list of absurd spending plans they put in the spending bill:

  • $120 billion bailout of postal service debt
  • Require full carbon offset/carbon neutral airline emissions by 2025
  • Greenhouse gas stats for individual airline flights
  • Cash for Clunker-style purchase of $1 billion airplane buy backs
  • Expansive new tax credits for wind and solar
  • $15 minimum wage requirement for all companies receiving aid
  • Funding retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  • $1 billion to build upon the Obamaphone program
  • Carve outs for to fund private union pension debt


Do ANY of the above help out our immediate and critical situation?!  Ask yourself –  if a Norwalk business is in flames, does the Norwalk fire department stop to wonder about their fire trucks emissions?  Maybe turn the engine off to curb emissions?  Do they ask around to see if the store pays a $15/hour minimum wage?  Do they skip the fire because they are upset after noticing the store lacks solar panels?  Of course not!  They go after their #1 priority:  put the fire out!  No questions, no BS!  But here we are…..America is in flames but delusional politicians watch the inferno while putting their wrong and untimely priorities ahead of what is TRULY needed while holding our health and economic needs hostage.

These politicians schemes and absurd priorities are indefensible at this time of a crushing crisis.  Our elected officials have again caught the Washington Virus so while we deserve a fast and focused effort, unfortunately we won’t get it.

Kevin Kane


Al Bore March 24, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Very sad for sure I hope people see what is going on and vote in 2020 to reflect that the democratic party did not have the american people at the forefront instead they had their hate for the president first.

Ron Morris March 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Kevin Kane
Can you please post a link to the list of absurd spending plans you claim they put in the spending bill. I have searched all over and find no evidence of your claims
Thank You

Patrick Cooper March 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm

@Kevin Kane. As a fairly long-time and somewhat regular reader of NoN, I know a little of your posture from your regular comments. You are an educated man. Your comments, typically peppered with “corporate speak”, are usually logical and solutions oriented. I’m quite familiar with much of it from my “daze” in that board room bubble. It’s all about process, KPI’s, and accountability.

I just wonder if you would be writing this post (mine) – if we had switched places, and I had started my opinion piece with “Just when you think politicians care about you and I, Senate Republicans in Washington….”

The crisis has only just begun – and yet – the entrenched positions remain.

I happen to catch some of the debate. The Senator from Nebraska spoke about the catastrophe that is the rural family farm. The North Dakota Senator the plight of the shale oil industry. On and on – each representative gave testimony through virtual giggles and smiles – because it is during national crisis like these when our representatives get the chance to “bring home the bacon” under the cover of an emergency.

Both sides are to blame. But – both sides suffer from the same issue: a political system that is driven by money and special interests. They are both working to make those that contribute to their super-PACs very happy. And right now, no one in Washington is working harder or is more exhausted than the lobbyists.

It’s why once we get past this pandemic, among all of the “lessons” that require “fixes” – not a single one is more important than this: our country has to get serious about the structural regulatory defect that is Citizens United. Money out of politics – especially dark money. Term limits. Ethics rules with teeth (prison). It’s time for “representative” government to return.

That goes for this state, and locally too.

John ONeill March 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

I think Dems sometimes forget most ordinary people have a 401k to worry about for retirement. I applaud state and municipal union leaders for cutting the deals they’ve cut over the years. That’s their job. I fault political leaders who’ve sold their souls to these union leaders and forgetting they represent taxpayers. BUT, that’s showbiz. For those who need reinforcement, we only need to look to Rhode Island who could run out of cash without help soon.

Justataxpayer March 24, 2020 at 7:18 pm

The only response from some falls into the TDS category. Backing China? Accusing the President of being racist for suggesting the virus began in China? When Americans favor a Communist country which btw, is currently placing 1mm folks in education camps. Shame on these members of the democrat party.

Kevin Kane March 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Babar Sheikh March 26, 2020 at 8:05 am

Both parties are sellouts. Many pet projects in there, that’s how DC works. If they really cared, they could pass the bill piece by piece. The checks to Americans would be a no brainer. They package it up with corporate bailouts so they can defend it for “Main Street”.

Anyone who uses Breitbart as a source is not a fan of the truth. This hit piece is just Newsmax level journalism. Sad.

John Oneill, most “ordinary” Americans don’t have a 401k.

Piet Marks March 26, 2020 at 10:36 am

In times of stress for most, some levity would be most welcome instead of the usual banal carping about those devious free spending Democrats. Anyone upset about the recent massive tax cuts mostly benefiting the…….

Peter Franz March 26, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Just to help those who have misread, this is a letter to the editor, not anything approaching journalism.

John ONeill March 26, 2020 at 4:01 pm

@Babar — Regarding 401k – Any ordinary American who doesn’t have a retirement or a 401k needs an adult to help them set up a 401k. A little fiscal discipline goes a long way. Unless of course you’re a politician from Connecticut. If you need help setting one up, I’ll be more than happy to help. That’s not my profession, but I’ll help you get started.

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