G.F. Brandenburg wonders where the $2 trillion is going.

A retired math teacher, he did the numbers. If every American gets $1,200, that’s $400 billion. That’s 20%.

Who gets the other 80%?

Politico reported on April 8 that Trump insists that there be no oversight of the $2 trillion.

Apparently he thinks it was appropriated by Congress solely for him to dispense as he wishes.

WATCHMEN — As the Trump administration begins pumping trillions of taxpayer dollars into the economy, none of the built-in oversight mechanisms are even close to functional, Congress reporter Kyle Cheney writes. Congressional leaders have appointed just one of five members to a commission meant to serve as lawmakers’ eyes on Trump administration decisions for a $500 billion fund for distressed industries. An inspector general nominated by Trump intended to provide a second check has already generated controversy among Democrats, and the president’s sidelining of the chairman of a third independent overseer set back the one mechanism that appeared on track.

Friends? Family? Cronies? Campaign donors?

The potential for massive corruption is worse than you can imagine under a president with a long history of bankruptcies, tax evasion, stiffing creditors, and bending the rules to benefit himself, his family, and his company—and Republican Senators are his willing accomplices.

This was in Politico yesterday:

THE CORONAVIRUS crisis has brought to the fore two trends that, when put together, are a tad alarming.

GOVERNMENT IS GROWING, and becoming far more crucial in our everyday lives.

— JARED KUSHNER is in the middle of discussing a plan to track what health care we are receiving. … THE TREASURY is doling out checks to families and individuals. … THE SBA is giving grants to businesses to help them cover payroll. … THE GOVERNMENT has the ability to take a significant equity stake in one or more of the nation’s airlines.


— THE PRESIDENT has fired two inspectors general, and, if you believe reports, is planning on firing more. … THE ADMINISTRATION has routinely flouted subpoenas for appearances and documents. … SENATE REPUBLICANS have shrunk from checking the president.

THE KIND OF INTERVENTION into the economy that we are seeing right now typically requires stringent oversight over many years. KYLE CHENEY writes that “none of the built-in oversight mechanisms are even close to functional.” ANDREW DESIDERIO reports on a bipartisan group of senators asking Trump for answers about the intelligence community IG firing.

— AND NOW THIS: “Recovery bill allows the Fed to spend billions without keeping records,” by Maggie Severns and Victoria Guida: “Tucked into the recent recovery bill was a provision granting the Federal Reserve the right to set up a $450 billion bailout plan without following key provisions of the federal open meetings law, including announcing its meetings or keeping most records about them, according to a POLITICO review of the legislation.

“The provision, the existence of which has not been previously reported, further calls into question the transparency and oversight for the biggest bailout law ever passed by Congress. President Donald Trump has indicated he does not plan to comply with another part of the new law intended to boost Congress’ oversight powers of the bailout funds. …

“The changes at the central bank – which appear to have been inserted into the 880-page bill by sympathetic senators during the scramble to get it approved — would address a complaint that the Fed faced during the 2008 financial crisis, when board members couldn’t easily hold group conversations to address the fast-moving economic turmoil.”

Here is a constructed response question:

Why does the Trump administration want little oversight as it dispenses $2 trillion in aid? Why are Senate Republicans agreeable to Trump’s removal of independent monitors in government agencies?