Even before the ink had dried on the recently-enacted $2 trillion relief package intended to mitigate the disastrous economic effects of the coronavirus, rumors circulated as to some of the wondrous things that Madame Nancy Pelosi wanted included in it.
Now, since passage of the 880 page bill, actual bits and pieces of the Pelosi wish list largely excluded from the final version have leaked out. These included: requiring airlines to disclose and reduce emissions, federally mandated mail-in voting, increasing tax credits for wind and solar power, preventing universities from revealing student citizenship status and bailing out various private pensions.
All vital of course.
Yet much of her emphasis was directed at forcing corporations receiving government financial assistance to implement initiatives on race, ethnicity, sex, disability status, etc. Well, you get the picture. So much for alleviating economic suffering when you can socially reorder society instead.
Specifically, Pelosi would have required companies to supply a comparison of pay among sexes and racial and ethnic minorities, compile demographic data on their board membership, to include the “reporting structure of lead diversity officials” and the size of the budget and office staff dedicated to “diversity and inclusion.”
Speaker Pelosi’s agenda also would have mandated the Security and Exchange Commission to establish a diversity and advisory group tasked with “increasing gender, racial and ethnic diversity” on corporate boards. And she further sought to require those hiring service personnel assisting the elderly to the “greatest extent possible,” consider and hire diverse staff based upon “race, ethnicity, gender and disability status.” Enough already!
House Majority Whip James Clyburn might have summed it up best when he said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” In addition, by delaying passage of a bill aimed at showing compassion for hard-hit Americans and saving the economy, Pelosi showed that her efforts were more about overcoming her own insecurity and feeding a personal vanity that has no ends, when she bragged about turning the Senate bill “upside down.”
This worn-out behavior is enough to turn the stomachs of most Americans just trying to survive the madness. But then Pelosi wasted little time in reporting that she was in the midst of planning what to include in a second aid package, while blocking $250 billion in additional aid for small business owners. This can only mean actual Democrat proposals like paying states to release convicted criminals, freeing detained illegal aliens, closing churches, terming abortion clinics as essential, and stopping gun sales.
Meanwhile, as America’s economy continues to sink to depths potentially worse than during the Great Depression, Pelosi has said that Congress will not re-open until May 4. Though she recently had time to go on Sunday morning television where she claimed Trump’s coronavirus denials and delays caused people to die. Timelines will show; however, that as Trump was suspending airline flights from China and Europe, Pelosi was pretending to be a tour guide encouraging people to visit San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Naturally, her actions are intended to pressure Republicans to accept the Democrat wish list for their perfect utopian society. It’s also proof positive that Pelosi and those who support the working man are content to selectively sit on their derrieres rather than assisting in the effort to get America’s economic engine back on track.
Unfortunately, politicians like Pelosi view every crisis as the opportunity to grab power. And Democrats are bound and determined to continue using the current pandemic in leading America down a continued path toward socialism, with destructive consequences as far as the eye can see. This dangerous and wreckless strategy tells us more than we ever imagined about what truly occupies the hearts and minds of the Democrat Party; earning them the scorn and disdain of more and more average Americans.
It also goes to show just how far Nancy has gone off the deep-end after nearly 35 years as a member of a legislative body and political class that long ago lost touch with those it is supposed to look out for; national emergency or not.
Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a firstname.lastname@example.org.