The coronavirus relief package is the epitome of imperfect legislation. While most Americans agree that a substantial stimulus was necessary to mitigate the economic hardship caused by the pandemic, pork-barrel projects buried in its 1,000 plus pages of legislation represent the worst of Washington.
Yet there are ways President Trump can outmaneuver Speaker Pelosi. Case in point, the purge at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which – despite receiving $25 million – announced it is firing every one of its 96-member National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).
Deroy Murdock explains:
How ironic that Nervous Nancy told CNN on Sunday that “as the president fiddles, people are dying.” She, of course, fiddled like Itzhak Perlman last week, when her 1,404-page, far-left ultimatum derailed a bipartisan Senate bill within hours of passage on Sunday, March 22.
Pelosi’s virtuoso performance tied up Congress from Monday through Friday, as senators and House members wrestled over her ransom demands, not least $35 million for the Kennedy Center. Pelosi insisted that the House would block relief for Americans enduring the COVID-19 national emergency unless it included cash for the Kennedy Center.
Now, with their coffers replenished, the Kennedy Center’s C-suite has waved something at their loyal, hardworking symphonic musicians, and it’s not a conductor’s baton. And they’re waving it at America’s taxpayers, too.
Just when the president and Congress are begging employers to pay their staffers and enacting laws to help them do so, lest mass unemployment drown the U.S. economy, the Kennedy Center cut off these unionized musicians’ paychecks, effective next Friday. It also will boot them off their health insurance in May, if concerts do not resume by then.