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Now it’s time to get mad

If anything, this global pandemic shows it’s not who you are, but who you know. This week, the Trump Administration released the names of those who got forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and, oh, what a motley crew it is. Not only did the money go to wealthy friends of the president, mega churches as well, but it even went to a company whose investors include the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Call it bipartisanship. The Trump Administration, by the way, fought to keep this information from the public, but relented after repeated bipartisan calls were made in Congress for transparency. Would a Democrat in the White House have done any better? No. Actually, it’s a fact that almost everyone lucky enough to occupy the White House always walks away richer than they were before assuming office. Plus, they get a free bodyguard service for the life (Secret Service). Money under the PPP also went to….wait for it… the Church of Scientology. More signs that the PPP over its two phases, went to really help the momand-pops. Trump’s rich son-in-law and White House Advisor Jared Kushner saw some of the money go to various businesses with which he is connected. Even old Mitch McConnell, the senator from Kentucky who can make even the strongest of stomachs churn when he speaks, saw some of the PPP money to go the Foremost Group, a shipping business owned by the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who just happens to be Mitch’s wife. The Associated Press did an analysis that showed as much as $273 million in federal Covid-19 aid went to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to…wait for it…President Trump’s re-election coffers. All told, according to the AP, the president’s supporters who run those companies have coincidentally contributed at least $11 million to his campaign committees over the last five years. Now, if you were one of the local mom-and-pops who applied for PPP money but were too late getting in your app, rest easy. At least now, you know where the money went. According to a Thomson-Reuters story, another forgivable loan worth between $2 million and $5 million went to a Dallas megachurch run by a pastor who has been a vocal supporter of the president. The pastor, Robert Jeffress, is even on the president’s evangelical advisory board. Funny in a way, since over ...

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